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Eithne Cullen coronavirus write on! showcase poem poetry

Corona

by Eithne Cullen   The tea hut’s closed no rowing boats for hire the Alfred Hitchcock’s shutters down; people walk despite the cold and mud and warnings to stay home and stay apart.   A little girl flies a kite laughing and free, a game of catch keeps women metres apart. Two guys walk past with bottles in their hands and swig Corona, trendy brand. Gorse glares blindingly, swans ...
Philip Shamplina write on! showcase poem poetry

From Waiting Room to Departure Lounge

by Philip Shamplina   In the beginning, from your birth You’ll never know, in the future, what you’ll be worth Hatch, match and dispatch For some, for a living, they have to scratch Living on the wrong side of the tracks With no-one to watch their backs   For some it will be a battle And many cages they’ll have ...
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Family Challenges

by Lynda Shepherd   Spaghetti bolognese and a school letter had brought me here. Well, my own stubborn streak might have had something to do with it. Olivia, my daughter, hadn't intended for me to read the school's letter. Their correspondence, like takeaway menus, were junk mail to her. We'd rowed often ...
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The Gentleman

by Benedict Ushedo   Ragged.   He walks on … In gentlemanly dignity Confident in his strides Threadbare tie in its place   He walks on …   Oblivious of the holes on his shirt Never worries about the patched trousers Unmindful of the toes that have liberated themselves from suffocating shoes.   He walks on …   Bearing the burden of lost time in the rags of ...
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Magpies

by Denise Woodhouse   I like to think I’m not superstitious, yet I always slyly nod or take a sharp, sideways look for your mate, hoping she is not keeping some date with sorrow,   some meeting with ill fate.   The two of you, foraging through your lifelong match, carry me away, in this mirthless stony-skied season, with ...
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New Beginnings

by Mary Walsh   When I was young, I looked for the brow of the hill. With light footsteps, I made my way to the top but as I reached the summit, I found another hill beyond, another brow beckoning me and leading me on. “Don’t look back,” it warned, “lest you be turned to salt.” And so I ran or ...
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Barking Gecko

by Eithne Cullen   The sign tells us we’ll see the Barking Gecko, well, I can tell you I’ve never seen the Barking Gecko, coming in from Gospel Oak or on the tube from Mile End, anyway.   The sign says I will recognise it by its vivid colour—green— with markings on its back, well I’ve never seen one with white, yellow or ...
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Barking and Dagenham Pen to Print

by Alison Meakin   Pen to Print based in Dagenham Library, Professional services for those writing literacy. Encouraging the beginner and expert writer, Educational courses provided to make one brighter. New events added with plenty of choices; Naturally, allowing others to hear their voices.   Travel far from the borough to attend, Truly diverse talent with positive vibes send. Open office ...
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Holocaust Memorial Day

by Philip Shamplina   Holocaust Memorial Day We stood in silence, nothing more to say Remembering what has happened in the past And the long shadow, it did cast   Gathered together with survivors Realizing what divides us Hatred for others who are seen as different Destruction is their bent   Not one person would they miss And not one trick did go ...