Poems & short stories

Duncan stepped outside

Something rustled — a trash bag rustled but what made it rustle was unknown. A cat maybe, or a fox, a rat — it could’ve been any one of a number of things, some more plausible than others. Like aliens. It could’ve been a pre-invasion scout gathering intel on our race by rifling through our […]

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Mental wellbeing, Poems & short stories

I’m sure to cheer

In time I trust — In its stumble and rush, In its rhythm and peal, Its passage — To heal. And in life I’ve faith — In its beauty and weight, In its echo and blend, Its wisdom — To mend. For with these I’m sure — With memories and more, With spirits and fear, […]

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Mental wellbeing, Poems & short stories

Unpleasant guests

When the rain falls to ground — Fills puddles that hide their depths — I am soaked and half-drowned, Shivering and out of breath. When the sun tries to shine — Tries to pierce through woollen clouds — I stumble around blind, Tired of this itchy shroud. When the air pants gently — The wind barely on […]

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Happy birthday, Poems & short stories

Have a happy birthday!

How does it feel to be officially old? You’re more ancient than dinosaurs or so I’ve been told — I’ve heard you could be more than a billon years, And yes you do look like you’ve lived all those years. You’re haggard and twisted and gnarled and grey — You’re wrinkles could be canals through […]

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Mental wellbeing, Poems & short stories

Oh weary me

When in memories of darkness all I see is oh weary me Resting on the misery, Just look at me: Tired — fatigued — you’ve got it, exhausted. The air is heavy and I am weak. When above the memories in brightness all I see is oh weary me Chilling on the misery, Just look […]

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Mental wellbeing, Poems & short stories

Time to shine

There was something unknowing — Something foreboding And forbidding in bed with me at night. There was something frustrated — Something fixated And slated ablaze within my mind. There was something ceaseless — Something speechless And fearless thinking I was its child. There was something precious — Something spacious And gracious awaiting its time to shine.

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Mental wellbeing, Poems & short stories

Old me / New me

Old me New me Much learned — Dissatisfied. Much aged — Frustrated. Old me lay quivering on the ground — Tired. So very tired — Cold. So very cold — Gone. Much wizened — Unknown. Much aged — Unspoken. New me rose quivering from the ground — Glad. So very Glad — Here. So very here — […]

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Mental wellbeing, Poems & short stories

This unexplainable me

There’s a vacuum here beside me — it’s a hungry empty space — Nothing seems to fill it and it won’t just go away. This room I find so crowded — it’s a hive for lots of things — I know I’ve seen an exit but I don’t recall the way. I hear the clock […]

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Poems & short stories

Listen up, kid

Listen up, kid. You’re just starting out — the path’s uneven and the going’s a slog — But you’re in this for the long haul. You’ll have to wing it to win it, and dive and jive and stumble and swerve — But you’ll make it, I promise. I’ll show you the ropes. Run now, […]

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Poems & short stories

You have the love I need

Sauntering through space with a graceful roll, a small rocky icy ball roughly two miles across, maybe more or less, it had never been measured, moved at a lazy couple of hundred thousand miles an hour — it was going so slowly that all the other comets would’ve mocked it had they seen it but […]

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Poems & short stories

Together

Well, here he sat with his head in his hands and wondering what the hell he should do. His wife was dead. Beryl lay prone at his feet, her eyes glazed looking up at him, her lips smiling — taunting him! He despised her lifeless, open eyes; they were hollow and judgemental, accusing him of […]

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Poems & short stories

Deaths docile sea

Rot will our corpses — It’s our one guarantee! And our souls shall wade into Deaths docile sea; And we’ll leave them behind us — These folks we adore — And we’ll glance back and see them, All stood on the shore. We’ll stand in warm water That’ll lap at our knees — Behind us […]

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Poems & short stories

EXCLUSIVE: The neighbourhood squealer, revealed!

The Garden Gate Committee triumph again! Weeks of disturbance are finally over but some think the GGC are hiding the truth. Since mid-October the residents of our homely Southsea street have found their nights disturbed by a high-pitched sort of scream-moaning sound bleeding through the sleepy peace. “If you haven’t heard it,” Mr & Mrs Owens of 72 said in […]

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Mental wellbeing, Poems & short stories

Face me

Face me and look at me. Look deep into my eyes and see who I really am, who I really can be, the power written in my soul. Face me and speak to me. Speak with words so full of wisdom. Throw them at me, if you wish. Test me to see if I cry at the […]

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Mental wellbeing, Poems & short stories

May you

May you grow from this to be righteous, May you grow to be courageous, proud and strong. May you amble through the darkness, And live life with delight and song. May you also love the life you lead, May you jest and scream and play. May you watch with eyes that do not cry, But […]

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Mental wellbeing, Poems & short stories

The isle of hindsight

This here isle called Hindsight dazzles — it gleams when it catches the light — it is especially splendid at morning and it is especially majestic at night. Pillared by a mountain impressive — so high clouds conceal its peak — Hindsight is snowcapped and heavenly, with thick trees and soft sands of silk. Surrounded by crystal-blue water, caressed by its […]

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