Thursday, 27 July 2017

short forms 27th July 2017

no news
from her father
not even birthday cards.
Letters from his solicitor:
he's dead


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the middle of summer
as the winds howls through the garden
I pull on a sweater


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crying cat
insists she's hungry
(already fed)
She attacks the dog in protest
(blind and deaf Jack)


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increasingly distant
I ask the teacher
if he still wants me as a student

he seems to barely tolerate me
avoids speaking except to teach
openly dismissive

he replies 'yes'


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should she continue to train? Debating.

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

short forms 26th July 2017

special
her brother's life
ended quite suddenly.
The boy who killed him suicides
by train


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wet pavement
under my denim-clad knees
dried blood


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morning job
changing a tyre on the fabio
before breakfast
I wonder how many people under thirty
even know how to do this


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brief request
for some extra money
mat fees are due

anything to sell
plenty, but nothing
anyone will buy

just books and paintings


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falling from great heights. Her self-esteem.

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

short forms 25th July 2017

figures
on the lake edge
her family, waiting
for her to come home to them
drowning


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bumble bees
drinking from tall teasels
drowned snails


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above the dining table
a great sail of a spider's web
dotted with corpses
a feat of engineering
it seems a shame to remove


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sore bum
I wonder if I have a virus
or poisoning

process of elimination:
it's probably the fatblaster tablets
I've been taking

appetite? My arse!


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a delay in their shock tactics

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Monday, 24 July 2017

short forms 24th July 2017

four years
in detention
juvenile prison
for assisting a suicide.
hard girl


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july rain
nasturtium leaves turn yellow
bending birch


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articulated lorry
parks outside the house
blocking the whole street
I take delivery
or a small plastic jar


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Chesterfield pride
numbers growing
fenced-off area

Drag queens
entertaining the crowd
between acts

a forest of rainbow umbrellas


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New family. Who is she, again?

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

short forms 23rd July 2017

her work:
security
consultant for a firm
of her own design - internet
black ice


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sunshine
a pool of yellow
incontinent dog


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writing
for ideals
or pleasure
less than satisfying
when nobody reads them


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statement
from Kindle direct
one copy sold

a grand total
of one pound in royalties
for the month of June

still more the Kansington


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Chesterfield Pride. Of course it's raining.

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Saturday, 22 July 2017

short forms 22nd July 2017

twelve years
since she was home
and now her father's died.
A legacy of his neglect.
Clearance.


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one leaf
rotating in the wind
smile and wave, boys


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birthday request:
there's nothing I need
but vouchers
I'm still trying to reduce
my possessions to naught


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chaos
a house full of people
running about

cars emptied
to take fetish gear
to an event

a day alone, for me


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Still overweight. her self esteem suffers.

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Friday, 21 July 2017

short forms 21st July 2017

time off
good behaviour
from our young offender.
She encouraged suicide for
school friend


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high wind
bending stalks sideways
crocosmia trumpets


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red hair
doesn't suit me
too old
I look like mutton
with its tits out


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catch me
he says
but I forget

spend thirty minutes
attacking from the mount
when I should just wait

*rubbish at jiu-jitsu*


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cravings for peanut butter. Too fat

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