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Limerick #3

There once was a man from Kilkenny who swallowed a very big penny Oh, the coin, it was large and as wide as a barge it was a pity he couldn’t spend any.

Doorways and Gateways #2

What came first: the gate or the door? To stand and to wait at a door or a gate is the perfect expression of humanity’s progression: closing and enclosing things fencing things and rowing things or even to take offence at what is without or within this gate or that door.

Doorways and Gateways

A silent ceiling of green, the canopy curves over the head of the hunched figure hurrying below. Feet rustle over leaves with careful tread as darkness gathers at the edges and creeps inwards. He licks his lips, a nervous twitching at the corner of his eye as he turns his head from side to side…

Limerick #2

There once was a teacher from Berlin, who downsized to live in a bin, the class where she’d been were surprised to see her begin from the bin she was in.

Haiku: Bike

The lonely bike stands In the curtain of evening, Parked until morning.

Haiku: Time

Time chips nails and souls I can count the passing days In those flesh-hued shells

Acrostic Poem: Weiterbildung

Small amount of background: I wrote this on the tram early on a Saturday morning, disgruntled at being roused from bed at the weekend for the teacher training course I’m currently on in Germany. When I wake up I turn the alarm off Envious of my friends out late I ingest a coffee, Toast, Enter…

Limerick #1

There once was a teacher from Liverpool, whose face was as wide as a stool, he stood and he sung the kids laughing as one, and he said “Why are you laughing at all?”

The Despot

A lonely despot sits at a long, long table looking at his hands lined with age and the lives that he’s taken. The camera turns and he fills the frame his closest generals and advisors a few metres away. Delusions of empire but what can be done? He sits atop the ivory tower of his…


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