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Showcase – The Orange Grove

Continuing on from our Showcase two weeks ago, I present the first runner-up in the Pen to Print Flash Fiction competition, The Orange Grove, by Bob Thompson. Once again, I will let the competition judge, Clare Cooper introduce the piece, but please do keep coming back, as we will be publishing ...
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Showcase – A Postcard From Spain In Winter

This week's entry by Mary Walsh is a simple but timely poem. Submitted to Pen to Print for consideration several weeks ago, the original purpose was the paint a picture with words of the beauty of a Mediterranean coastal view, specifically in Spain. But given how the world has changed ...
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Showcase – Life Changes

This week on Showcase, I am proud to present the winning story in our Flash Fiction competition, Life Changes, by Patsy Middleton. Keep a look out over the coming weeks and months for more of the great flash fiction entries we received. It is a testament to the immense talent ...
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The World’s Scars

by Jenny Gibson   Ask me again later which number is greater: All the world’s scars or all the heavens’ stars? With so much pain to hide, there’s little reason to feel pride. Through hot tears and hopeless sighs, the planet’s temperature will rise. Swallow down the poison of the seas, it’s up to us to do as we please. When did ...
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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 ...
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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 ...