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#NaPoWriMo2020 – Day 20: ‘Blossom’


Let the wind catch me
like a falling petal
from a fruit tree come newly into blossom
and just twirl me,
twirl me,
twirl me around
for a while and a whir and a whisk
or whatever,
so I can see the world as only spinning wild colours
for a little bit
before I land at last
to rest in the leaf litter.

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#NaPoWriMo2020 – Day 19: ‘Clap’


The clapping is nice. It really is.
It brings us together once per
week and gives us that sense of
camaraderie and
community, and
lets us thank those
we still push
in harm’s
when it
comes to it, Continue reading “#NaPoWriMo2020 – Day 19: ‘Clap’”

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#NaPoWriMo2020 – Day 18: ‘Binging’


Some days all you can do is watch,
whether there’s other things to do
that day or not. Sometimes you will
be kept ensnared by the tight grip
of narrative and held hostage
from your list of waiting tasks that
gnaw at you to be completed.
Other times you will wake to days
that are all too empty and what
you watch may turn out to only Continue reading “#NaPoWriMo2020 – Day 18: ‘Binging’”

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#NaPoWriMo2020 – Day 17: ‘Alarm’


Something’s upset the blackbirds,
I can hear them panicking.
Can’t see over what exactly
but likely a cat’s come stalking
or possibly just casually
walking through my garden’s underbrush
and that’s enough to set the whole place on
a rushing roar of terror for their chicks
and nests, though I suppose, were I a bird, I’d Continue reading “#NaPoWriMo2020 – Day 17: ‘Alarm’”

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#NaPoWriMo2020 – Day 16: ‘Face to Face’

Face to Face

You are all here in front of me
as close as we can currently
be, even though a couple of
you are only just over the
river in the same city. We
smile, joke, play games, and show off
our pets, and baked goods, or treat
each other to virtual tours
of our homes, and bedrooms, and
general décor. Your faces
Continue reading “#NaPoWriMo2020 – Day 16: ‘Face to Face’”

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#NaPoWriMo2020 – Day 15: ‘What made me irrationally angry today’

What made me irrationally angry today

was when the TV show I was watching on catch
up played the same advert twice in immediate
succession. Frankly I think it has put me off
Volvo for life. In 30 years, I, at a spry
57, could be offered the deal of
a lifetime on a car, one I would never see
as good as again, but then notice that it’s a
Volvo and be like “Ah wait, there was that one time
back in 2020 when they played the same ad
to me twice in a row in an irritating
show of smug pushy insistence” and decide not
Continue reading “#NaPoWriMo2020 – Day 15: ‘What made me irrationally angry today’”

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#NaPoWriMo2020 – Day 11: ‘All My Owls’

All My Owls

My room is full of owls of different shapes and kinds:

First and largest of them all is Derek seated
atop my shelves. My one-eyed, eye-patched friend whom I
acquired from the old prop box of my uni
drama soc, who I believe had “borrowed” him from
the SU shop. 

                        Next down in size is Barnaby,
a barn owl I named unimaginatively,
who together with Terrence, who glows different
coloured lights, were both gifts from people I’ve since cut
from my life.  Continue reading “#NaPoWriMo2020 – Day 11: ‘All My Owls’”