Wednesday, 29 March 2017

short forms 29th March 2017

fighting
against the yobs
who targeted her car
second-hand Tesla with key marks.
Racists.


© Rachel Green 2017

morning rain
the fresh shoots of marigold seedlings
weekend scattered


© Rachel Green 2017

late start
I wait for the bathroom to clear
before rising
too many funny posts
streaming eyes


© Rachel Green 2017

protein powder
a meal replacement
for active peeps

busy day
but with double jiu-jitsu
I might skip gym

even busier tomorrow


© Rachel Green 2017

Dead mouse. The cat looks smug.

© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

short forms 28th March 2017

sending
a last message
to her previous love.
Is the warranty still valid?
Refund.


© Rachel Green 2017

packets of seeds
distributed along the borders
hungry sparrows


© Rachel Green 2017

wasted coin
a tenner spent of a mindfulness course
mostly ignored
I look forward to the posts
but don't practice the suggestions


© Rachel Green 2017

kickboxing practice
my balance improving
punches more accurate

I learn crescent kick,
axe, reverse strike,
reverse kick.

Supplety is not my strongpoint


© Rachel Green 2017

Walking to the gym. Aching knees.

© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 27 March 2017

short forms 27th March 2017

old man
embraces death
at the hands of bullies
just to prove a point of their guilt.
Justice


© Rachel Green 2017

dandelion heads
gathering lawn moss
two sparrows


© Rachel Green 2017

over tired
listening to the bickering
of magpies
overgrown garden hedge
in need of cutting


© Rachel Green 2017

product testing
a new analogue watch
and protein powder

The former looks nice
but when will I ever use it
...mobile phone...

the powder is tasty indeed


© Rachel Green 2017

leg day. Work out before dinner.

© Rachel Green 2017

Sunday, 26 March 2017

short forms 26th March 2017

the grave
of her father
still lacks a headstone.
Why should she remember a man
who killed?


© Rachel Green 2017

spring sun
examining the fresh-cut lawn
sparrows


© Rachel Green 2017

tiny slugs
a few millimeters long
invade the kitchen
Bad move, lads,
I loathe you little shits


© Rachel Green 2017

evening fire
we pull out honeysuckle,
philadelphud

Last year's construction
of a wooden rose arch
feeds greedy flames

cutting brambles


© Rachel Green 2017

New jeans. Her overhanging belly. Despair

© Rachel Green 2017

Saturday, 25 March 2017

short forms 25th March 2017

outline
chalk marks on wood
where the body was found
The stains on the parquet flooring
remain


© Rachel Green 2017

polyanthus
a hint of purple in the garden
chocolate wrappers


© Rachel Green 2017

discussions
the old dog aging
senility
We discuss final options
while his tail wags


© Rachel Green 2017

guard passing
broken down
until I hate jiu-jitsu

the perseverance
of a patient teacher
coaxing and coaching

fresh confidence


© Rachel Green 2017

bicep curls. Her body slowly changing.

© Rachel Green 2017

Friday, 24 March 2017

short forms 24th March 2017

walking
telling the tales
relating to the death
of her fifteen year old brother.
No truths.


© Rachel Green 2017

daffodils
in the spring sunshine
allergies


© Rachel Green 2017

funeral
a sad affair
layered in dignity
A carriage and four horses
takes her to her rest


© Rachel Green 2017

two days off
from going to the gym
I feel fat again

my expectations
decrease exponentially
each passing day

jui-jitsu struggles


© Rachel Green 2017

charmed life. Her financial pressures ease.

© Rachel Green 2017

Thursday, 23 March 2017

short forms 23rd March 2017

her house
lost to a fire
started by her brother
who never  escaped his actions
stupid


© Rachel Green 2017

morning sun
occluded by clouds
funereal moping


© Rachel Green 2017

yesterday's funeral
turns out to be today
empty church
At least we didn't miss it
oldest friend


© Rachel Green 2017

a promise
made to myself
broken

I must write again
but novels never seem worthy
best remain unpublished

discouraging


© Rachel Green 2017

the pleasures of delight. Teaching jiu-jitsu.

© Rachel Green 2017

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

short forms 22nd March 2017

gossip
housing problems
the rent remains unpaid
so much for integrity, then.
Tenants.


© Rachel Green 2017

cold rain
fresh growth in the garden
lavender greens


© Rachel Green 2017

sad day
the funeral of a friend's
departed daughter
"Don't wear black," she says
Winter rain

© Rachel Green 2017

ripped fingernail
keeps me awake
off and on all night

such intense pain
I can only imagine
what torture brings

Man's inhumanity to man


© Rachel Green 2017

She begins to learn jiu-jitsu basics

© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

short forms 21st March 2017

the knife
has nicked her
she feels sudden weakness
a sudden inability
to breathe


© Rachel Green 2017

high wind
a crow's flight interrupted
broken tulips


© Rachel Green 2017

does she need books
to define her personality
or her self worth?
She's beginning to think not
opening consciousness


© Rachel Green 2017

kickboxing
some pad work returns
more bag work

praised on my roundhouse kick
I still struggle with front
and side kicks

slow improvement


© Rachel Green 2017

overly tired. All her muscles ache.

© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 20 March 2017

short forms 20th March 2017

attacked
by a white guy
in a two-tone hoodie.
She freezes for a long moment
bright blood


© Rachel Green 2017

persistent rain
two candy striped tulips
in a blue pot


© Rachel Green 2017

for sale
one guinea pig hutch
two previous occupants
one died and is buried in the garden
the other moved away, inconsolable


© Rachel Green 2017

fallen shelf
leaves a hundred books displaced
and a lump on my noggin

I kondo away fifty hardbacks
and a couple of dozen writing books
(awaiting collection)

simplification


© Rachel Green 2017

art for the masses. Large bonfire.

© Rachel Green 2017

Sunday, 19 March 2017

short forms March 19th 2017

stabbing
a man's stomach
oddly satisfying.
How to make that sympathetic
sans rape?


© Rachel Green 2017

low cloud
bright heads of early dandelions
closing


© Rachel Green 2017

old dog
blind and deaf
wants love
but don't touch him
unexpected growl


© Rachel Green 2017

binge watching
a new TV show
from Marvel

by episode five
I realise it's boring
but for the fights

female supporting lead far better


© Rachel Green 2017

complicated emotions. Do she love jiu-jitsu?

© Rachel Green 2017

Saturday, 18 March 2017

short forms March 18th 2017

fresh toast
her comfort food
a relapse to habits
she learned as a child. Boyfriends
are dumb.


© Rachel Green 2017

driving rain
newly opened daffodils
hit the dirt


© Rachel Green 2017

oatmeal for breakfast
my body evens out
but the belly remains
one day I might feel better
but certainly not yet


© Rachel Green 2017

jiu-jitsu block
an impassable wall
or so it seems

My guard passing fails
forty five minutes
of staying in guard

good cardio, though


© Rachel Green 2017

India's tax on junk food. Timely.

© Rachel Green 2017

Friday, 17 March 2017

short forms 17th March 2017

lost lives
her mother and
her brother together
in a family graveyard plot.
unloved


© Rachel Green 2017

bobbing heads
daffodils under dark skies
schoolbound toddlers


© Rachel Green 2017

annoyed cat
moved from my chair
for the third time
She elect to sit on the windowsill
and claw the back of my head


© Rachel Green 2017

wasted morning
an overbearing day
produces lethargy

jiu-jitsu class
then training at the gym
then another class

in pursuit of the body acceptable


© Rachel Green 2017

Jack whines constantly for something unknown

© Rachel Green 2017

Thursday, 16 March 2017

short forms 16th March 2017

the house
now in ruin
after her mother's death
and dad's twenty year state of grief
Hoarding.


© Rachel Green 2017

bright morning
a squirrel among the daffodils
staring


© Rachel Green 2017

life after death?
Lu believes in something
me, oblivion
I suggest she tries the Sunday Ponzi Scheme
aka religion


© Rachel Green 2017

blue skies
banishing winter
new leaves

cherry trees
already in blossom
willow branches

waiting for death


© Rachel Green 2017

Jiu-jitsu: not quite as advertised. Bruises.

© Rachel Green 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

short forms 15th March 2017

his death
ruled manslaughter
increasing the distress
of the deceased boy's family.
Murder?


© Rachel Green 2017

open door
the chatter of sparrows
pigeons mate


© Rachel Green 2017

bedtime
the scowl of a child
looking for alcohol
lasting memories
she just wants something sweet


© Rachel Green 2017

kondoing books
so difficult to be rid
of signed editions

also poetry
not the same read electronically
neither are kid's books

martial arts manuals


© Rachel Green 2017

vitamin D supplements. Her health, deteriorating

© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

short forms 14th March 2017

long shelf
of falling books
encouragement to read
my unpublished titles. Pleasant
surprise.


© Rachel Green 2017

overcast
a hood of pigeons
neighbour's roof


© Rachel Green 2017

a trip due
into Chesterfield
to get my meds
Perhaps a roundabout walk
home from the gym


© Rachel Green 2017

computer time
oblivious to the world
crashing

a whole shelf of books
falling on my head
slight concussion

I miss kickboxing class


© Rachel Green 2017

bookshelves. She never reads them anyway.

© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 13 March 2017

short forms 13th March 2017

receipt
for two hundred
ATM withdrawal
the day before her brother died.
A Hit?


© Rachel Green 2017

hazel blossom
fur on bare branches
sun on my back


© Rachel Green 2017

jiu-jitsu sparring
he crushes my guard
passes easily
I defend the attacks
become exhausted


© Rachel Green 2017

peeled oranges
reveal an inner truth
prophesy

evaporating oil
scenting the air
drying skin

disgusted cat


© Rachel Green 2017

blue mats. a twist of hair.

© Rachel Green 2017

Sunday, 12 March 2017

short forms 12th March 2017

father:
good intentions
to rescue a daughter
but terrible execution.
Dead son.


© Rachel Green 2017

morning solitude
a pigeon coos on a chimney pot


© Rachel Green 2017

far from the sea
a flock of gulls
squabbling
the ubiquitous discarded chips
effortlessly removed


© Rachel Green 2017

night watching
lesbian themed TV shows
companionship

we remember our youth
full of exploration
and excitement.

When did we settle?


© Rachel Green 2017

gearing up. fitness for a competition.

© Rachel Green 2017

Saturday, 11 March 2017

short forms 11th March 2017

kebabs
bring the dark side
of industrial meat
One amorphous mass of cooked flesh
from what?


© Rachel Green 2017

black dog
walked by a neighbour
Trickster barking


© Rachel Green 2017

friday jiu-jitsu
standing headlock defence
into guillotine
A good class turnout
and enjoyed by all


© Rachel Green 2017

jiu-jitsu competition
I don't have the entry fee
but I want to try

A very special person
sends me the entry fee
I am grateful

sponsored by poets


© Rachel Green 2017

Man with German Shepherd. Tummy tickles.

© Rachel Green 2017

Friday, 10 March 2017

poetry 2017 / 033

Big Mack

An article about Mack Beggs
brings more traffic to my wall
than anything I've posted.
A Texan trans boy,
forced to compete against the girls
in school district wrestling
because his birth certificate said 'girl.'

Of course he'd won.
Two years on testosterone saw to that
and everyone cried 'cheater'
without taking consideration
he'd asked to compete with other boys
and the State wouldn't let him.

“Okay.”
Begrudging acceptance.
“It's not as if it was a transgirl in a girl's team.”
But what if it was?
Two years of hormones makes a lot of difference
and if you think someone would suffer
all that prejudice and hate,
let alone the mental anguish of being trans
just to win some poxy competition,
you're the one who needs their head examined,
not some poor trans kid
trying to do the sport they love.

short forms 10th March 2017

she lies
to her partner
about the reason why
she only wants to be with him.
Brother.


© Rachel Green 2017

garden fire
refusing to burn
gibbous moon


© Rachel Green 2017

ladies' day
at the local gym
no takers
I'm offering to buddy
a weight-loss desiree


© Rachel Green 2017

attacks
from back mount
I do okay

better at defending
than previously assumed
tough cookie?

my arms remain bruised


© Rachel Green 2017

shitty week. The washing machine breakdown.

© Rachel Green 2017

Thursday, 9 March 2017

short forms 9th March 2017

new moves
for the old girl
among the ancient bones.
Slipping away into darkness.
Vengeance.


© Rachel Green 2017

bright sunshine
brings the sparrows to play
forsythia buds


© Rachel Green 2017

sad Lu
no chance to replace
a dead car
Looks like a motorbike summer
and a lot of walking


© Rachel Green 2017

phone call
from an old friend
whose daughter died

I pencil the funeral
into the online calendar
a duty to attend

No black clothes


© Rachel Green 2017

out of milk error. White toast.

© Rachel Green 2017

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

short forms 8th March 2017

super
Chloe returns
a badass lesbian
in love with her long dead brother.
Besties.


© Rachel Green 2017

afternoon sun
on the side of the Chatsworth Road
daisies


© Rachel Green 2017

leg day
at the gym
I ache
Still, I can see muscles
where before there was fat


© Rachel Green 2017

ducking punches
can be helpful in any field
not just boxing

I can't get the hang of side kicks
with the edge of the foot
roundhouse is easier

kickboxing tutorials


© Rachel Green 2017

Struggling with a novel. Bad author.

© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

short forms 7th March 2017

the house
she grew up in
now dilapidated
and filled with her father's rubbish.
Hoarder.


© Rachel Green 2017

purple crocus
gracing the edges of the path
wind-blown litter


© Rachel Green 2017

new interest
a kickboxing class
at the local gym
I get the hang of punching
but side kick defeats me


© Rachel Green 2017

pleased to be told
someone can see the difference
in my figure

an hour a day
lifting weights
and cardio

Now I have cheekbones


© Rachel Green 2017

mental breakdown. She can't stop crying.

© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 6 March 2017

short forms 6th March 2017

zombies
not conducive
to literary works
Go back to your teen activist
murder


© Rachel Green 2017

rainbows
across my living space
lounging cat


© Rachel Green 2017

phone rings
Lu's car breaks down
blind bend
she's called the police
waits for a tow truck


© Rachel Green 2017

another novel
consigned to the bin
I am dreadful

my writing fails
in spectacular ways
ability not equal to vision

you queer old hack, you


© Rachel Green 2017

possible series: Jasfoup reviews new products.

© Rachel Green 2017

Sunday, 5 March 2017

short forms 5th March 2017

the ghosts
of murdered cats
hanging around the flat.
Why does the neighbour attract them?
Strange food.


© Rachel Green 2017

head nodding
secret messages
solitary crow


© Rachel Green 2017

willow branches
on a twilight bonfire
leafless twigs
with too much gap between them
nothing seems to burn


© Rachel Green 2017

crash test dummy
for a linked series of chokes
tracheal crush

clock choke
transitions to baseball bat
then to armbar from z-mount

delineated attacks


© Rachel Green 2017

Garden work. Poked in the eyeball.

© Rachel Green 2017

Saturday, 4 March 2017

short forms 4th March 2017

hey girl!
Dill and his mate
get acquainted with their
upstairs neighbour. A lovely girl,
soon dead.


© Rachel Green 2017

sunlight
streaming past next door's chimney
garden colour


© Rachel Green 2017

DK's singing
reminds me an old song
1976's "Hair"
Cue a YouTube nostalgia trip
Age of Aquarius


© Rachel Green 2017

housewarming party
turns into fascinating discussion
women's jui-jitsu

Russian purple belt
talks eruditely
about teaching methods

Gracie Barra


© Rachel Green 2017

feeling better. My back defence improves.

© Rachel Green 2017

Friday, 3 March 2017

short forms 3rd March 2017

Chloe
doesn't notice
the defects of students
even when they smell of decay.
One life.


© Rachel Green 2017

solar lights
provide cheery welcome
spring rain


© Rachel Green 2017

sparring session
the mat covered in hair
all mine
"Don't tag me in that picture"
says the instructor


© Rachel Green 2017

fruit cores
a random arrangement
from yesterday

apple and pear
nestle within orange peel
Botticelli pearls

the delight of decomposition


© Rachel Green 2017

cutting down her belt. Fitness improving.

© Rachel Green 2017

Thursday, 2 March 2017

short forms 2nd March 2017

zombies
with a girlfriend
still can't have it away.
Seems she prefers the company
of cats


© Rachel Green 2017

slow clouds
clogging up the blue sky
arterial fat


© Rachel Green 2017

early wake up
"I think the guinea pig's dead"
says Lu
I get downstairs
He was just asleep.


© Rachel Green 2017

why do we have odd pets
are they like their owners
or just me?

Tourette's syndrome dog
Demonically possessed cat
existential crisis guinea pig

love my long-armed canvas sweater


© Rachel Green 2017

jui-jitsu failure. I reach my limit.

© Rachel Green 2017

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

short forms 1st March 2017

Dill Price
likes his meat raw
preferably alive.
Sam prefers a softer option.
Corpses.


© Rachel Green 2017

patches of sun
in a winterborn garden
pale narcissi


© Rachel Green 2017

the roses you sent
have been sent to the compose
with your love
I don't recall inviting you
to pluck my heartstrings


© Rachel Green 2017

animals
leave indelible traces
on the psyche

You hated my dog
and thought I'd be rid of her
rather than lose you.

Don't let the door slam.


© Rachel Green 2017

oatmeal made with water. An ordeal.

© Rachel Green 2017