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Poetry

Short Stories

Artistic licence

On 12th October 2019

This short story was written in response to a writing prompt ‘The Signature’. The setting sprang from a recent holiday on the Fife coast. I’ve no idea how Terrance sprang from my imagination, but I hope you enjoy this little…

Poetry

Reset by grace

On 28th September 2019

Another poem written in response to a prompt. This time it was to write on the topic of ‘Default setting’. The image is courtesy of an artist called Gloria on Pixabay.   My default setting Anger, red raw. Rage at…

Poetry

Awaiting the flip

On 31st May 2019

This rhyming poem was written in response to a poetry prompt ‘In a field’. Google leads to some strange and, occasionally, scarey places when researching for inspitation!   North is north and south is south In the cradle of Earth’s…

Short Stories

A grand design

On 24th May 2019

This short story was written in response to the single word prompt of ‘Rome’ and the challenge to tell a tale in 1200 words. Hunting around for ideas I was surprised to discover Rome had its very own pyramid built…

Poetry

Specimen in an invisible case

On 3rd May 2019

In this post-gender world Some say there are sixty-three types. Others scoff and proclaim just two Holding tight to zebra-style binary stripes.   They mourn for a life that was simple But the labels keep breeding, vicious as darts So…

Poetry

Born an original

On 21st March 2019

Today is World Poetry Day, so here is an offering in celebration of poets and writers around the world.   I was born an original But became a chameleon Because I felt naked When so delicately clothed In the unique…

Poetry

The life and times of a letter box

On 15th March 2019

When challenged to write a poem on the colour red I recalled a letter box I’d seen embedded in the wall of an old post house in Scotland. I’ve taken liberties with the location to create a rhyme. Hopefully I…

Poetry

My Father’s workshop

On 2nd March 2019

I am often inspired by everyday things. This poem speaks of the everyday of my childhood, andthe  power of fragrance to carry us back in time. My Father’s workshop Blade slices plank Metal cuts wood Violent yet creative A soft…

Poetry

Heads or tails?

On 22nd February 2019

This year I’ve signed up to a group that aims to write a poem a month based on a set of provided prompts. For February the prompt was ‘Both sides’. This poem was my response, inspired by a quote that…

Poetry

Seats in the rain

On 16th February 2019

Sitting in the warmth of a public lounge on a rainy winter’s day, I could see wet seats on the patio. This poem was the result of my musing. Seats in the rain Will you come and sit? Take no…

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