Tuesday, 23 May 2017

short forms 23rd May 2017

nothing
can prepare her
for the truth of his death
and the stupid reason he died.
Daddy?


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strawberry flowers
making a promise to the future
registering to vote


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a week
away from the gym
leaves her weak
She can't pull the weight
she was used to before


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he works all day
seeing client's on Skype
without a break

at three he nips out
a supervisory session
an hour in person

I mow the lawn


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unexpected bruise. She cites the garden.

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Monday, 22 May 2017

short forms 22nd May 2017

looking
for her brother
missing and presumed dead.
She can't help wondering if he's
alive


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oriental poppies
displaying their wares
consumer bees


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Stokholm
city of islands
and innovation
Even basic amenities
are gender neutral


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a carvery
for a friend's birthday
(veggie option)

Old friends
with grown-up children
and a big dog

delightful afternoon


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hunger. She recognises signs of depression.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

short forms 21st May 2017

school friends
become adults
are just as much a twat
as they were as a teenager.
Flirting


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rain
segues into sunny skies
red peonies


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My sunburn fades
after two days of England
sunny Stokholm
I put away my jumpers
unworn in Sweden


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happy dogs
pleased to see us return
we're not dead, after all

Moose has a problem
lumps of poo don't sit well
on his long furry trousers

surprised squeal


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she weighs the same. Looks fatter.

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Friday, 12 May 2017

short forms 12th May 2017

Chloe
wants the business
she needs to make money
for her escape from Laverstone.
Death trap


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morning rain
strawberry flowers don't care
sheltering bees


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holiday packing
whatever I take
I'll regret
No doubt I'll forget
Something important


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a list of chores
left for the housesitter
mostly dog related

I gaze at Jack
wondering
if I'll ever see him again

I always think that.


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last minute panic. Jiu-jitsu exercises.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

short forms 11th May 2017

What time is it?
visits
from her brother
at least, that's what she thinks.
The vulnerable mind of a
teen girl
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morning sunshine
providing heat on my back
the radiator


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overslept
It feels like 9AM
but it's actually 10
Oh dear. forgot to wake DK
now he's late for work


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running late
the whole day thrown out
patient dogs

breakfast
walk
gym

anger management


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holiday planning for a cold climate

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

short forms 10th May 2017

Home is where...
mostly
she wants someone
to treat her properly
(or at least how she wants to be
treated)


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white flowers
greeting the morning bees
wild garlic


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poetry
falling like leaves
from my brain
alas, it's the structure I need,
not just the words


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hungry dog
stares at the general space
where I might be

oatmeal for breakfast
a light whined reminder
"I, too, like oatmeal"

his love, unrequited


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still fat. Still unhappy. Slight;y stronger.

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

short forms 9th May 2017

Sleepy Jack
she sings
of broken hearts
and the violence of
her brother's desperate ending.
Burning


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overcast
the threat of rain
thyme seedlings


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France
a pin against the tide
of alt.right
Already Russian newspapers
label Macron as 'gay psychopath'


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weeds
across the patio garden
forget-me-nots

I pull them out
making way for self seeded poppies
and summer bulbs

the buds of fresh wolfsbane


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back and biceps. She's too weak.

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Monday, 8 May 2017

short forms 8th May 2017

rhubarb in flower
the ghost
of her brother
returns to comfort her.
Dad pays for psychotherapy
Guilt trip


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welsh poppies
hiding their heads from the rain
reluctant schoolchildren


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time wasting
exercise videos
lead to diet ones
*note to self*
photograph all food.


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a seed
of excitement
growing

a hook for Chloe
in a literary novel
that includes horror

floppy fudgesticks swears


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His floppy fudgestick? Her gay brother.

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

short forms 7th May 2017

old ghosts
return to haunt
The house she grew up in
hasn't changed since her teen years
Saddened


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fading tulips
over the rain-soaked lawn
falling petals


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writing
always a struggle
more so now
Another baby goes out
failing to make a splash


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gym buddy
is a phone app
full of exercises

some of the abs ones
seem impossible
for a fat girl

I try, anyway


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She wonders where her determination went

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Saturday, 6 May 2017

short forms 6th May 2017

over
her brother's ghost
laid to a final rest
The memory of her father
typing


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long grass
the strawberry flowers
hidden


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Lu decorating
for an ex of DK's
Nicotine yellow
Now has diarrhea
nicotine poisoning


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messages
left on paper scraps
and burned

Communication
with the recently dead
casting bones

Good Intent


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Her absolute limit becomes casually broken

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Friday, 5 May 2017

short forms 5th May 2017

chloe
is transgendered?
Or is that just a trope
that the bullied kid turns out trans?
Thoughts, please.


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thyme seedlings
in the recycled compost
nasturtiums


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blind dog
won't stop crying
fuss or food?
I give him both
but he's not satisfied


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writer's block
when writing short poems
over breakfast

how can I struggle
over a few lines of rubbish
that nobody reads?

I look at dog memes instead


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fading friendships. Reasons, seasons. Not lifetimes.

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

poetry 2017 / 092

Almost Anonymous

Miss Scarlett
in the kitchen with the dagger.
Let's face it,
it would save so much time
except in my scenario Miss Scarlett
is not the killer but the victim,
and her name isn't Scarlett, is it?
You know who it is,
and I'd slip the blade horizontally
through your left armpit
until it pierced your cold, black heart
and even then you'd go on living,
your Facebook page a shrine
still posting horoscopes from the grave
along with Bejewelled requests
and chain memes:
'Ten places you loved and one you hated,'
and it still wouldn't include Hell
though no doubt you'd be running the place in weeks,
and being passive aggressive towards Satan
and yes, Julie, I do mean you.

short forms 4th May 2017

she lives
with her father
after her mum has died.
He tries to understand her life
but can't


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peony buds
moved by the wind
crisp packets


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opening
her deep red lips
oriental poppy
exposed sexuality
among the dandelions


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boxercise
a one-off class
while jiu-jitsu on hold

at the end of it all
I'm exhausted
in a good way

muscles ache


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the delight of a hot shower

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

short forms 3rd May 2017

her friend
comes as a ghost
in the literal sense.
Why didn't she pick someone else
to haunt?


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bending birch
in the meadow
a cloud of dandelion seeds


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a new project
is always difficult
after one is done
I  need a period of mourning
for departed characters.


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footnotes for Chloe
a first person story
made like John Salt's.

A young protagonist
less capable than Stevie
but more devious

Lying is a habit


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Promised to cut out sugar. Reneged.


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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

short forms 2nd May 2017

small tales
to set plot points
extending overview
a mix of prompts and newspaper
headlines


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crescent moon
over the dawn of summer
a light frost


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breakfast error
out of milk, bread
oatmeal failure
entirely my own fault
I didn't go shopping


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rejected cushions
from the front room
go on dog sofa

the dogs are happy
and it gives me a ramp
to sleep without curling

afternoon naps


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jiu-jitsu cancelled. What'll she do?

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Monday, 1 May 2017

short forms 1st May 2017

dead friend
never gives up
haunts Chloe forever.
Not such a long time after all.
Short life.


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apple blossom
falling in showers
cold rain


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long day
out to a fetish club
in Walsall
scene participation
consensual non-consent


© Rachel Green 2017

a book released
on Kindle Direct
mediocre response

paperback edition
comes out as expensive
as 400 pages make it

I can't afford a copy!


© Rachel Green 2017

Fat. Her love of pizza. Unforgiving.

© Rachel Green 2017