Are you getting this?

bad newsmad newswho’s fed up? lockdown is liftedviewpoints then shiftedand lockdown’s notlifted no more. Feeling ‘Hotel California?’we told ya thatno one would warn youbutyou went and checked in…

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Which craft

Burning some sage tokeep free of old agebutI’m finding that it doesn’t workand as reality goesI need one more big dosebecause the last onedidn’t work very welland the well that I wished incost me fifty eight shillingsand that gave me no change at all. The bars are all closedwho supposed that could be?it seems I…

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No service

Desperationsweats from every poreand for every pore, you’llfindone more to sweat. If you meet the devil faceto faceyou’ll know that,‘Get thee behind me’didn’t workand to be honestwho’s working now? The churches are packed by thoseracked with guiltunder the eyes of the Bishop,they wiltas they wilt or won’t(don’t know about that) I have ‘soap on a…

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Police and quiet

The cops..and there they go,two cars with sirenswailing in stereo. Something is going offor going on,it’s hard to tell with allthat racket…

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The rip-roaring twenties

There will be plenty of stories to tellbut none will believe them. some said,it’s a fit-up,while otherssat upand took notice,butthe masters of diligencethose blessed with intelligencefell into insignificance asthe death toll rose. And those with faithput it on the line,the one that stretches asfar as the time wouldallow…

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Swapping stories

You meet up with an old friendand understand he’s locked intothedead end,but even in these grim timesthere are timesyou are glad offriends. all that we lack is a signand I don’t mean onethat readscul-de-sac…

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One thousand islands

What time is it?said the wolf Time?I don’t even knowwhat day this is. Anything and everything thatwas anything means next tonothing and if nothing is nextto cleanlinessthen we’re being cleansed. It could be Saturday, butthere’s no way to know,it could be midnight but as timegoes so slow it’s probably not. There is hope on the…

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Pink paper aeroplanes

The page is blank?look!not a smudge of ink, if you blinkyou’ll miss nothingbecause there’s nothinghere to miss. someone says,‘that’s a bit Kaiser’what the fuck does that mean?I’m none the wiser. the answer?it’s probably in the dreams thatwe try to connect withwhereeverything’s acceptable, I can never remember them…

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10 green bottles

losing your marbles, aged six istotally different from losing yourmarbles, aged sixty,trust meI know. things that make you cry and you think you’re going to die if they happen once again,things that make you wince with pain and things that make you laugh with joy, That box full of blue is the window you look…

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Summer without the rain

wellthat’d be lovelythat’d be fine,words and more,more of the time. somebecome needygreedybeady-eyedwalking onthe seedy sideseeing everything. life in a loose-leaf folder yellowed pagesagedrearranging A4and for what? I came, I saw, I concurred. if we’re all doomedcan I be doomed in theroom next to you? everyone needs friends…

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The instability factor

financial insecurityneed not be the end,weneed to go back and uncoverthe skills thought lost foreverand learn to reuse them the bartering systemmore than justand justly fair. insteadwe get ten pounds sterlingoff a meal for the evening God help us all…

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Does it even look like you?

long hair that hangs down,bags under your eyes thatweigh you downa paunch, and that wasn’tthere before,does it really look like you? Thinking of a gym’ending up with a gin,at some pointwe have to beginto get things in order. This has been the Summerthat wasn’t,social distancing hasn’tdone anyone any favours…

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Windblown

I should have knownthat Mondaywould be windblown. Never too old to learn old people burnthe midnight oilandyoung people thinkthat it’s cannabis…

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Blue ridges

Some wait for twilightsome wait for the sunsome wait for Christmas,and won’t that be fun, we wait in the trencheswe wait on park bencheswe wait like cattlefor the end to come. It’s all about the waitingthat small hesitationbefore stating the obvious, the obvious beingthatwhich we are seeing, the breakdown of societythe rise in povertythe stock…

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Low key

Just when you get your head around theidea that a Zoom was an Ice lollypop. things change and how,ideas blossom and bloom, and we’re in a barbed wire roomfor now,…

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Going shopping

If we wait until it stopswe might never get off. She window shops with hereyes on the future,my eyes extend beyond theend of my nose…

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The wool winder

The day passes into history,it may, in the future, remind meof something I thought I’d forgetor it may not,there’s a lot to process in twentyfour hours and as time goes onit feels like more. Almost bedtime,I amclosing the curtains to keep outthe dragons and bolting the door. Tomorrowwhich is the future now, but won’tbe then,I…

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Flame out

When does‘the time of our lives start?’anddo we have to line up? this will all be whitewashedairbrushedhushed upkept schtumand no one will ever knowthat in the twenty first centuryour leaders could not organisea piss up in a brewery…

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A lot of it about

Not Supermanor Spidermannor BatmanI’mgetting fat man,this lockdownturnedout to be achow down,you canpaint my face red andcall me a circus clown, Ineed to slim downbefore I go downfor the count…

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