KNUCKLE KNOTTED LIBERTY

  A navy jumper, twice monthly washed, a blue shirt and striped tie with a red thread. Grey trousers growing tighter though not getting any longer. I was 12 in patient leather shoes with points to piece the playground’s pricks, all sweaty under pit and after-school spit and fearless, only, in the face of other […]

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AN UNOBTAINABLE NEED, A SHORT STORY

  He stands in the shadows, staring out the window of his one bedroom suburban house onto the street outside. The late afternoon sunlight skirts the jaded red carpet as if looking for a way out. An old typewriter gathers dust on a desk next to stacks of unwanted, and seemingly unworthy, manuscripts. A breeze […]

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TOPPLING TOWERS

And so he built himself a tower, a tall terrific tower on the tip of a tumulus far from touch and tenderness, a non tactile tower that nobody could topple as he’d already been tripped up time and time before. And one day he climbed to the top of his tower on the tip of […]

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THE PRICE OF A STAR

  And she sang of hope and harmony in a borrowed frock on Tuesday nights in a smokey bar below the Bowery where the Irish downed their whiskey while the Italians were always frisky and they touched her, always, afterwards her faithful followers fingering flesh as if to caress the affection she injected into lyrics, […]

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LOVE SONG

    He moved in shadows in ghostly strides that gained on nothing  but grains that slipped through the hands of time, She lingered in loss under caged cobwebs where the widow in black had weaved her the witch from a pantomime. She lived two floors up an attic assembly of ageing antiques fading to dust and […]

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Fading

In this empty room Sits your lonely soul, In this silent night, In this lonely night. Whilst lovers are loving And people are laughing, But not around you, But not beside you, But not for you.   Through the shadows dancing And the breezes blowing Creep lonely chills And darkness flowing. In this empty space, […]

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