Thursday, 17 August 2017

short forms 17th August 2017

her life
carefully set
denied by publisher.
Guess she'll meet a demon instead.
New life.


© Rachel Green 2017

English lavender
fades with the passing sun
French blooms


© Rachel Green 2017

missed calls
different numbers
same prefix code
one suspects spammers
I choose to ignore


© Rachel Green 2017

chaos begins
DK's birthday month
starts tomorrow

first guests arriving
for the monster party
anxiety rising

will the dog survive?


© Rachel Green 2017

her terrible dream. Choking a dog.

© Rachel Green 2017

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

short forms 16th August 2017

demons
her recent past
returns to the present
encounters with her childhood
not-friends


© Rachel Green 2017

cloud cover
the delicate smile
morning glory


© Rachel Green 2017

number three
tells me about the drama
on YouTube
I really don't care
my eyelids feel heavy


© Rachel Green 2017

Scheduling euthanasia
for the ancient dog
the day after tomorrow

blind, deaf
sometimes incontinent
struggles to walk

he seems chirpier today


© Rachel Green 2017

Night terrors. She wakes exhausted. Dawn.

© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

short forms 15th August 2017

she tries
to protect him;
grows tough with the need to
beating away the older boys
who taunt


© Rachel Green 2017

sparrow song
in the hedgerow
blackberries


© Rachel Green 2017

online gaming
I join a campaign group
to tackle group content
within five minutes
they vote to kick me out


© Rachel Green 2017

a weekend away
leaves my arms sunburned
and insect bitten

I spend Monday itching
and Tuesday with raised bites
Peeling Wednesday

fading love for jiu-jitsu


© Rachel Green 2017

weekend high leads to low morale

© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 14 August 2017

short forms 14th August 2017

father
no longer here
but for the memory
of a man in utter despair.
Hoarder
.

© Rachel Green 2017

new lawn
the shoots of an old willow
mown down


© Rachel Green 2017

was that summer?
two days of sunshine
and burned shoulders.
A return to grey skies
and alabaster


© Rachel Green 2017

teasels
one of my favourite
wild plants

I find seedlings everywhere
cracks in the patio;
growing in the lawn

removed with apologies


© Rachel Green 2017

against the skyline, Her fading dreams

© Rachel Green 2017

Sunday, 13 August 2017

short forms 13th August 2017

body
jigsaw puzzle
scattered across Hamburg
a new German Jack the Ripper
Crime scene


© Rachel Green 2017

morning heat
the torquay sunburn
stinging


© Rachel Green 2017

Sorry I missed you
a not from Hermes
(the parcel service)
No indication of where
or how I get the package

© Rachel Green 2017

back from Torquay
red, red arms
from a long walk

I love everything about that town
the seedy, seventies vibe of everywhere
the tawdry couture



© Rachel Green 2017

Birthday. Another year nearer the grave

© Rachel Green 2017

Friday, 11 August 2017

short forms 11th August 2017

she cares
about the past
wants to know what happened
to make her brother kill himself.
Her fault?


© Rachel Green 2017

nasturtium flowers
spilling onto the pavement
honeybees


© Rachel Green 2017

blind dog
steps on his roomie
dogfight ensues
poor old fellow
pick on constantly


© Rachel Green 2017

early rise
after a dogfight
wakes everyone

Lu in the bathroom
I head downstairs
pills and potions

Upstairs, my alarm wakes Bagpuss


© Rachel Green 2017

Another year gone. depression sets in.

© Rachel Green 2017

Thursday, 10 August 2017

short forms 10th August 2017

she's lost
in a world passed
her father buried anew
and his house alive with the rot
of years


© Rachel Green 2017

red apples
peeking through the hedgerow
blackberries


© Rachel Green 2017

it gets harder
to write short poems
a life worth nothing
a relatively quick death
is too much to ask for


© Rachel Green 2017

amalgamating hard drives
a residue of pictures
twenty years

most are corrupted
old memories fading
into unknown formats

photographs didn't do that


© Rachel Green 2017

Her memory; corrupted like computer files

© Rachel Green 2017

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

short forms 9th August 2017

no fucks
given for love
he arranges 'lessons'
to turn his young daughter away
from life


© Rachel Green 2017

crocosmia
a spark of colour against rain-swept green
discarded litter


© Rachel Green 2017

projects
going boom boom
dismay
five hours work lost
to a corrupted file


© Rachel Green 2017

rain stops briefly
where did the summer go,
Mr Trump?

No, I could not be
an American Immigrant
not wealthy enough

at least I learned tolerance


© Rachel Green 2017

she eats beans on toast. Regrets.

© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

short forms 8th August 2017

old prints
of her parents
before she was alive.
They look happier than they did
after


© Rachel Green 2017

microcosm
ecosystem of a tall plant
water droplets


© Rachel Green 2017

cold and wet
The dogs wait patiently
for their walk
I am reluctant
to be rained on


© Rachel Green 2017

ragged poppies
long gone to seed
withered leaves

I'd cut them down
but it's too wet to collect
for next year's plants

summer decay


© Rachel Green 2017

large parcel. She guesses its contents.

© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 7 August 2017

short forms 7th August 2017

her love
becomes hostile
when she sees the damage
her family has suffered in
the past


© Rachel Green 2017

wind and rain
the delights of summer
blackberries


© Rachel Green 2017

fresh grass
in barren soil
summer rain
remind me to write
an Amazon review


© Rachel Green 2017

chatting to Lu
about my depression
Another year gone...

At least you've achieved something
she says with a smile
you're fitter than you were

but less productive, it seems


© Rachel Green 2017

Happily, her dog is still alive.

© Rachel Green 2017

Sunday, 6 August 2017

short forms 6th August 2017

his face
mutilated
a sliver of plastic
embedded in one bloody cheek.
Brake light


© Rachel Green 2017

rose petals
fluttering at the window
a tiny moth


© Rachel Green 2017

new dog toy
mine aren't interested
in play
I leave it on the front
with a 'help yourself' sign


© Rachel Green 2017

binge watching
a TV series
on Netflix

is this what I wanted
when I was seven years old?
or did I want more?

Contentment


© Rachel Green 2017

her demons are real. Still hungry.

© Rachel Green 2017

Saturday, 5 August 2017

short forms 5th August 2017

her tale
told by degrees
when she goes home at last
tracing the scars of her lover.
old grave


© Rachel Green 2017

brief moments
of morning sunshine
peacock butterfly


© Rachel Green 2017

treating a wart
on my middle finger
the skin goes brown
Now it looks like I smoke
after so many years


© Rachel Green 2017

texts
from an old friend
in the states

he didn't know
I was a transwoman
seems okay with it

I'm glad


© Rachel Green 2017

looking for solace. Her sport, redacted.

© Rachel Green 2017

Friday, 4 August 2017

short forms 4th August 2017

change voice
to first person
and make her an ex-con
and a whizz at computer fraud.
Dating.


© Rachel Green 2017

pouring rain
even the dogs are reluctant
to go walkies


© Rachel Green 2017

jiu-jitsu
becomes boxing practice
(the instructor's bored)
my hands stink afterwards
remind me to take my own gloves


© Rachel Green 2017

annual review
requested by the GP
please make appointment

An hour on the phone
going from queue position thirteen
to queue position one

The the phone cuts off


© Rachel Green 2017

desired meal pales after third day

© Rachel Green 2017

Thursday, 3 August 2017

short forms 3rd August 2017

she does
thirty four tasks
to show she's a hard knock
but balks at the thirty-fifth one:
Killing


© Rachel Green 2017

pelting rain
a fuchsia drops ballerinas
onto the pavement


© Rachel Green 2017

a lesson in
dealing with hostility
checking for weapons
the lightest touch
reveals the danger


© Rachel Green 2017

decluttering fail
Trying to be rid
of just ten items

I'm too precious about books
poetry, art, fighting
demonology

and all those signed first editions


© Rachel Green 2017

morning dog snacks. Cat joins in.

© Rachel Green 2017

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

short forms 2nd August 2017

a game
or so she thought,
but confronted with the
stark truth of her brother's demise
she quits


© Rachel Green 2017

pelting rain
streams along the gutters
paper boats


© Rachel Green 2017

old dog
follows the commandant
"Look. I'm okay"
he's worked out who has the say
in his impending demise


© Rachel Green 2017

another week
another ten things
for the charity shop

I'm getting down
to the things I want to keep
salient archives

farewell, old friends


© Rachel Green 2017

She could be happy, she supposes.

© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

short forms 1st August 2017

revised
the same old plot
but told in first person
Her perceptions of the demon.
Peaceful


© Rachel Green 2017

English summer
the birch tree bent sidewards
peeling bark


© Rachel Green 2017

entity
demands blood sacrifice
to perform
did I ever mention
I hate plumbing jobs?


© Rachel Green 2017

the purchase
of a windows 10 license
for rebuild

the PC
works perfectly
except for the crashes

I suppose it's money-where-the-mouth-is time


© Rachel Green 2017

Birthday. She wants less of everything.

© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 31 July 2017

short forms 31st July 2017

demons
inside her head
the psychiatric care
should have cured her, until she went
back home


© Rachel Green 2017

streaming clouds
whipped along by stratospheric winds
golden barley


© Rachel Green 2017

crushing
when depression hits
just one of those things
Get on with it, move on
one poem at a time


© Rachel Green 2017

old dog
shits in the kitchen
pisses in the bedroom

he can't help it
blind and deaf
and almost scent-blind

still happy to have his people home


© Rachel Green 2017

she cries for no good reason

© Rachel Green 2017

Sunday, 30 July 2017

short forms 30th July 2017

demons
from her past life
return to annoy her
after the death of her father.
Jasfoup


© Rachel Green 2017

yesterday's sunshine
fleeing with the dawn
dripping roses


© Rachel Green 2017

morning gift
the cat leaves a mouse head
in the kitchen doorway
It's probably my own fault
I let her watch 'Godfather'


© Rachel Green 2017

old dog
can't see a thing
or hear at all

now he pisses
and shits in the house
at random

can't find the dog door


© Rachel Green 2017

distracted by poo. Urine-soaked socks

© Rachel Green 2017

Saturday, 29 July 2017

short forms 29th July 2017

knowledge
she learns a lot
about the world. Life hacks
in juvenile detention.
Get rich.


© Rachel Green 2017

unexpected sunshine
beaten into submission by rain
tomato plants


© Rachel Green 2017

missed liking a comment
or liked it twice by mistake
(which un-likes it)
inadvertent offence made
please accept my apology


© Rachel Green 2017

performing poet
I acquit myself well enough
enjoy the experience

I could have stayed longer
answered questions, told stories
or maybe not

All my money to a homeless man


© Rachel Green 2017

daily rants of the offspring. Hilarious.

© Rachel Green 2017

Friday, 28 July 2017

short forms 28th July 2017

dad's house
full of his junk
that "might come in handy"
old lamps to VHS players.
Hoarder


© Rachel Green 2017

brief patch of blue
brightens the fading lavender
bees take advantage


© Rachel Green 2017

piece of jewellery
costs several hundred
sold for fifty quid
Better than nothing
a fortnight's training


© Rachel Green 2017

more items
sent to charity shop
week by week

bookshelves deplete
as I admit to myself
I'll never read *x* again

why do I hoard so?


© Rachel Green 2017

her constant clinging to the past

© Rachel Green 2017

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


© Rachel Green 2017

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


© Rachel Green 2017

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


© Rachel Green 2017

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'


© Rachel Green 2017

should she continue to train? Debating.

© Rachel Green 2017

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


© Rachel Green 2017

wet pavement
under my denim-clad knees
dried blood


© Rachel Green 2017

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


© Rachel Green 2017

brief request
for some extra money
mat fees are due

anything to sell
plenty, but nothing
anyone will buy

just books and paintings


© Rachel Green 2017

falling from great heights. Her self-esteem.

© Rachel Green 2017

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


© Rachel Green 2017

bumble bees
drinking from tall teasels
drowned snails


© Rachel Green 2017

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


© Rachel Green 2017

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!


© Rachel Green 2017

a delay in their shock tactics

© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 24 July 2017

short forms 24th July 2017

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


© Rachel Green 2017

july rain
nasturtium leaves turn yellow
bending birch


© Rachel Green 2017

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


© Rachel Green 2017

Chesterfield pride
numbers growing
fenced-off area

Drag queens
entertaining the crowd
between acts

a forest of rainbow umbrellas


© Rachel Green 2017

New family. Who is she, again?

© Rachel Green 2017

Sunday, 23 July 2017

short forms 23rd July 2017

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


© Rachel Green 2017

sunshine
a pool of yellow
incontinent dog


© Rachel Green 2017

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


© Rachel Green 2017

statement
from Kindle direct
one copy sold

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

still more the Kansington


© Rachel Green 2017

Chesterfield Pride. Of course it's raining.

© Rachel Green 2017

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.


© Rachel Green 2017

one leaf
rotating in the wind
smile and wave, boys


© Rachel Green 2017

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


© Rachel Green 2017

chaos
a house full of people
running about

cars emptied
to take fetish gear
to an event

a day alone, for me


© Rachel Green 2017

Still overweight. her self esteem suffers.

© Rachel Green 2017

Friday, 21 July 2017

short forms 21st July 2017

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


© Rachel Green 2017

high wind
bending stalks sideways
crocosmia trumpets


© Rachel Green 2017

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


© Rachel Green 2017

catch me
he says
but I forget

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

*rubbish at jiu-jitsu*


© Rachel Green 2017

cravings for peanut butter. Too fat

© Rachel Green 2017

Thursday, 20 July 2017

short forms 20th July 2017

her dad
now a recluse
can't even leave the house
Amazon prime supplies needs
fortune


© Rachel Green 2017

summer rain
flowers from the cemetery
blooming


© Rachel Green 2017

boxing
jiu-jitsu fundamentals
I lose interest
We adopt a strict relationship
clearly we are not friends


© Rachel Green 2017

overdraft
I creep into the black
temporarily

Perhaps I should paint again
although it brings no income
it's more than writing

another three dollar note


© Rachel Green 2017

her weight dismays her. Dark thoughts.

© Rachel Green 2017

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

short forms 19th July 2017

lost weight
prison diet
she's behind the times, now,
and her father never came to
visit


© Rachel Green 2017

sunlight
among the birch leaves
chirping sparrow


© Rachel Green 2017

competition
sod the privacy laws
we'll out people
based on whether other folk
want to fight them or not


© Rachel Green 2017

old poet
with no ideas
writes poetry
no-one will read
wanking into a void
that doesn't look back

seedless


© Rachel Green 2017

She knows she's depressed. It'll pass.

© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

short forms 18th July 2017

Mill House
reveals states
of  discrimination
and outright hatemongering. No
police


© Rachel Green 2017

nasturtiums
a flash of white on yellow
cabbage butterfly


© Rachel Green 2017

what use is she?
a lump of lard
in ill-fitting clothes
she might as well top herself
and save a bit of planet


© Rachel Green 2017

I know,
intellectually,
it was a teaching moment

but every comment
makes me relive the moment
sheer humiliation

I want to give up


© Rachel Green 2017

too old. too fat. too unfit.

© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 17 July 2017

short forms 17th July 2017

access
to old data
she is still good at this --
hacking the past to gain knowledge
brother


© Rachel Green 2017

morning heat
the overgrown front lawn
wilting


© Rachel Green 2017

fuck
fuck and bollocks
(or lack thereof)
After twenty years
I should be used to this


© Rachel Green 2017

alt.right
invades my sport
transphobia

prove you're a woman
becomes the mantra of the IBJJF
(but only for transfolk)

Am I excited to go to camp?


© Rachel Green 2017

Utter humiliation. She does her best.

© Rachel Green 2017

Saturday, 15 July 2017

short forms 15th July 2017

brother
took his own life
but was he prompted to?
A series of emails and texts
are left


© Rachel Green 2017

overcast
slugs examine the tomato plans


© Rachel Green 2017

London trip
Tate Gallery today
Competition tomorrow
Time for a banana
and a dog walk


© Rachel Green 2017

in the doorway
the blind dog stands
looking for me

the door moves
a breeze from the open window
tail wags

He waits for a pet


© Rachel Green 2017

minor panic under mount. Be calm

© Rachel Green 2017

Friday, 14 July 2017

short forms 14th July 2016

no love
lost between them
her ex has got married
to an unemployable man.
Handouts


© Rachel Green 2017

two sparrows
bickering over a piece of bread
baking soda


© Rachel Green 2017

small girl
marches down the road
swamped by backpack
she's already late for school
dodging escaping parents


© Rachel Green 2017

notification
for competing time
a single match

remind me not to sign up
for any more competitions
that promise prize money

seems an expensive scam


© Rachel Green 2017

tired despite the early bedtime. Napping.

© Rachel Green 2017

Thursday, 13 July 2017

short forms 13th July 2017

walkway
over train tracks
she contemplates the jump
wondering if she'd have the guts.
Walks off.


© Rachel Green 2017

splashes of red
across a manicured garden
cemetery rescue


© Rachel Green 2017

charity shop
another ten books
disposed of.
Moving into old age
with the bare minimum


© Rachel Green 2017

weird dream
stephanie with a baby
and a husband

segues into early life
with DK and his husband
in an untidy house

secret occupant


© Rachel Green 2017

doctor's appointment. She's still living. Just.

© Rachel Green 2017

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

short forms 12th July 2017

sudden
revelation
her friends moved on in life
without her as a pinion.
No more.


© Rachel Green 2017

morning rain
brings some much-needed water
flattened lavender


© Rachel Green 2017

jiu-jitsu cancelled
by the instructor
no worries
I book a cycle instead
spinning class


© Rachel Green 2017

downsizing
the removal of possessions
I thought I wanted

I'm getting older
freeing my self from the constraints
of possessions

leave nothing but memories


© Rachel Green 2017

she doesn't need to be needed

© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

short forms 11th July 2017

two kids
and a fat wife
for her schoolfriend rapist.
Looks like she got the better deal.
Truma


© Rachel Green 2017

raindrops
glistening on roses
greenfly


© Rachel Green 2017

Prime Day
all these deals
drop in my inbox
"Come! Spend money you don't have
on stuff you don't need"


© Rachel Green 2017

fatigue
the terror on moving house
expressed in dream

does the amount of sweat
mean a loss in weight?
I doubt it

reduced need to pee


© Rachel Green 2017

crying dog. She doesn't know why.

© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 10 July 2017

short forms 10th July 2017

lovers
from long ago
he's apologetic
about the way he treated her.
Married.


© Rachel Green 2017

the cat
crying for attention
chimney top crow


© Rachel Green 2017

ringing the vet
constantly engaged
like the doctor's
This is why I suffer
with multiple ailments


© Rachel Green 2017

frantic day
I find a leather suite
on freecycle

DK arranges a man with a van
and the delivery
we chuck the old suite

tip runs required


© Rachel Green 2017

cutting down on possessions. Lighter heart.

© Rachel Green 2017

Sunday, 9 July 2017

short forms 9th July 2017

childhood
a seventies kid
returns as an adult
to find the brother she once had.
Sister.


© Rachel Green 2017

nasturtium blooms
taste more sour than peppery
blackfly


© Rachel Green 2017

exercise is painful
the sun burns
dogs are stupid
The lessons Ash learned
on a day with wolves


© Rachel Green 2017

jiu-jitsu
great session
Jordan and Andrew

I get thrown a lot
followed by sparring
and 'male' bonding

laughter


© Rachel Green 2017

biceps rise over her flabby skin

© Rachel Green 2017

Saturday, 8 July 2017

short forms 8th July 2017

no rest
for the wicked
spirits of lost children
rising from a watery grave.
Mill House


© Rachel Green 2017

tomato plants
growing tall and bushy
My father's varieties


© Rachel Green 2017

washing machine
running on spin cycle
vibrates the floor
nearby, the cat
swats a blind dog


© Rachel Green 2017

collecting seeds
from yellow poppies
in a ziploc bag

I empty seed heads
thirty or forty
visions of seedling

there's no bottom on the bag


© Rachel Green 2017

her jiu-jitsu skills depreciate. She's tired.

© Rachel Green 2017

Friday, 7 July 2017

short forms 7th July 2017

falling
her suicide
doesn't stick to the plan
broken legs, arm and collarbone
More debt


© Rachel Green 2017

honey bee
examining the lavender
distant mower


© Rachel Green 2017

The Sky man
a change of provider
(Sky to Sky)
At least it will cut off
those silent phone calls


© Rachel Green 2017

printer jam
I open it up to check
crumpled paper

I reach in to pull it out
scald off my finger tips
HOT HOT HOT

a cautionary tale, with band-aids


© Rachel Green 2017

No coherent plot presents itself. Despair.

© Rachel Green 2017

Thursday, 6 July 2017

short forms 6th July 2017

murder
by suicide
her conviction
overturned by legal review.
Vengeance.


© Rachel Green 2017

strawberries
still hanging off the plants
liver fluke eggs


© Rachel Green 2017

young mum
taking small hid to school
baby in pushchair
the lad waves away the smoke
from her drooping cigarette


© Rachel Green 2017

dismayed
my inability to throw
and lack of balance

the reaffirmation
that I've reached my level
as a jiu-jitsu practitioner

No new belt for me, thanks


© Rachel Green 2017

morning chores. the smell of sex.

© Rachel Green 2017

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

short forms 5th July 2017

divorce
leaves her homeless
stumbling through the town
in a nightie and a fur coat.
Whisky.


© Rachel Green 2017

garden colour
the deepest blood red
crocosmia


© Rachel Green 2017

spinning class
my knees protest the exercise
my flab thanks me
The requirement of a sweat towel
and water becomes apparent


© Rachel Green 2017

money
spent on shoes
I have too many pairs

latest are mat shoes
bought for jiu-jitsu tourneys
and seminars

a Lidl bargain


© Rachel Green 2017

fitness. she despairs of her weight

© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

short forms 4th July 2017

she was
twelve years old
when he was buried
her beautiful older brother
Candles


© Rachel Green 2017

morning glory
from a dozen packets of seeds
a single flower


© Rachel Green 2017

fatigue
inching through the body
daytime napping
the sunburn across my chest
and shoulders doesn't help


© Rachel Green 2017

another shitstorm
on the UK BJJ scene
anti-trans sentiment

oddly 99% of the hate
comes from xenophobic men
and skillshort ladies

most girls have no problem


© Rachel Green 2017

she withdraws from competitions. Trans athlete

© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 3 July 2017

short forms 3rd July 2017

why did
he kill himself?
Was it depression?
the shitty way he was treated?
bullies?


© Rachel Green 2017

snakes had fritillarys
serpentine heads rising
strawberry runners


© Rachel Green 2017

Plymouth excursion
Royce Gracie seminar
far, far away
we leave at 5AM
return at midnight


© Rachel Green 2017

hunger
best not give in
to the craving for food

eventually the desire gives way
to casual acceptance
and a desire to sleep

and, ultimately, death


© Rachel Green 2017

suffering and crying. dog with allergies.

© Rachel Green 2017

Saturday, 1 July 2017

short forms 1st July 2017

massive
the weight of sin
according to the priest
who had an affair with a boy
now dead


© Rachel Green 2017

kneeling lady
accepts a self seeded tribute
red snapdragon


© Rachel Green 2017

birthday party idea
to bury the guinea pig
and have a treasure hunt
the concept is rejected as cruel
but might make for a novel plot


© Rachel Green 2017

phone alarm
won't turn off
annoyed partner

I can't help it --
the adverts block the window
phone unresponsive

morning starts at 7:30


© Rachel Green 2017

the smell of toast. Stomach rumbles

© Rachel Green 2017

Friday, 30 June 2017

short forms 30th June 2017

mill pond
a woman drowned
because she was a witch,
or so the pastor accused her.
Affair


© Rachel Green 2017

bloody tears
scattered across the pavement
poppy petals


© Rachel Green 2017

he doesn't want
to know the reason
just that it's done
delegation can bring
unsolicited solutions


© Rachel Green 2017

a novel
I've started reading
seems familiar

I think I've written this plot
centred around Chloe
and the Mill House pool

Have I been zeitgeisted?


© Rachel Green 2017

she skips the gym for housecleaning

© Rachel Green 2017

Thursday, 29 June 2017

short forms 29th June 2017

title
run through my mind
a murder of ravens
yes, that's mixing collective nouns,
I know

© Rachel Green 2017

crocosmia stalks
hiding the origins of tall grasses
dying heathers

© Rachel Green 2017

lesson one
basic jiu-jitsu moves
base and upa
More things I've been doing wrong
for the last four years

© Rachel Green 2017

jiu-jitsu
is part of my life
more so than writing

I cannot fund a story
through its whole development
bad ideas

I'll never be any good

© Rachel Green 2017

whatever happened to my internet friend?

© Rachel Green 2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

short forms 28th June 2017

she's trans
in her own way
a desire to be them;
a genderfluid disciple
of life


© Rachel Green 2017

overnight rain
against the deep lavender
flattened stalks


© Rachel Green 2017

bedroom clock
running slow
dead batteries
it's a wonder I'm never late
for a funeral


© Rachel Green 2017

I used to fight
upon being woken
by an unexpected touch

now I wake
and apologise for snoring,
breathing, existing

patterns developed by partners


© Rachel Green 2017

drooping eyes indicate tiredness (or stroke)

© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

short forms 27th June 2017

journey
her dead brother
and the seven gates of Hell.
What else must she give of herself
to win?


© Rachel Green 2017

raspberries
rotting on the stems
last week's strawberries


© Rachel Green 2017

bad dreams
leave me fatigued
morning drowsiness
pranks played on adults
unexpected consequences


© Rachel Green 2017

bad dreams
stem from anxiety
and fear

I fall asleep again
in front of the computer
hands tucked to armpits

cold in June


© Rachel Green 2017

gas-lift chair. Her trapped finger.

© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 26 June 2017

short forms 26th June 2017

novel
due in three months
but I haven't started.
About time I managed a plot
at least


© Rachel Green 2017

midsummer heat
gives way to overcast chills
fledgling sparrow


© Rachel Green 2017

raised lump
on her index finger
may be a wart

the pain in her back
from a blocked sweat gland
constant

her pulled muscle makes walking painful


© Rachel Green 2017

content
to be sidelined
glossed over
A creature of past glories
all now forgotten


© Rachel Green 2017

vitamin tablets make her defecation runny

© Rachel Green 2017

Sunday, 25 June 2017

short forms 25th June 2017

knowledge
her stepmother
wasn't born a woman.
Did it affect the love she gave?
Who cares?


© Rachel Green 2017

lavender
fanciful sprays
overgrown lawn


© Rachel Green 2017

all you touch
can be reduced
ashes and dust
nothing is permanent
especially not you


© Rachel Green 2017

Jiu-jitsu
the realisation
finally comes

I'm not very good
and I never will be --
too old, too slow

but I love the game


© Rachel Green 2017

she's not young anymore. That's okay.

© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 19 June 2017

short forms 19th June 2017

gamers:
a confession
from FingerDigitThree
that they're not biologically
a boy


© Rachel Green 2017

evening fire
the heat of the day dies down
fleeting bats


© Rachel Green 2017

sent off a CV
about my writing career
looking for publication
I suspect I'm way too old
and too established a writer


© Rachel Green 2017

old friend
drunker than a box of weevils
spending the night

He becomes depressed again
drives home intoxicated
while all are asleep

I check the news feeds


© Rachel Green 2017

frogs. A whole box of them.

© Rachel Green 2017

Sunday, 18 June 2017

short forms 18th June 2017

deer, sheep, sunglasses
hard drive
wiped long ago
but never used since then.
The recovery of accounts
and nudes


© Rachel Green 2017

love hearts
spread out in the sun
strawberry-fat slugs


© Rachel Green 2017

pulled muscle
it really bugs me
that I can't walk
Jiu-jitsu, though?
work through the pain


© Rachel Green 2017

catfishing
between two minors
no prosecution

how was he to know
his online best friend
was a homophobe?

closed box


© Rachel Green 2017

Her spider egg a constant ache

© Rachel Green 2017