Category Archives: poetry

Hedgehog a poem for #hedgehogawarenessweek 

This week my Friday post is dedicated to the hedgehog, a disappearing species. I recently won a lovely bag on Twitter from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society packed full of goodies and it has opened my eyes to the threat … Continue reading

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Are you being influenced? #amediting

I recently opened a box that had been moving between lofts, and found myself a present, a book of poetry written down from 1993 to 1995, a flowery hardback book with fountain-pen entries, signed just in case. Now, at the … Continue reading

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Lydia -for Lydia Lawrence #amwriting #strongwomen

Good golly miss Molly  Did you marry a man with a miner’s lamp and  No brolly?  Didn’t you know that the marriage bed came sprinkled with Soot? Did he blind you With a title, then tempt you with a butty?  … Continue reading

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The Taking #BringBackOurGirls #amediting #VAW

The Taking   We knew the soldiers were coming Hid in our beds, no one to protect us Goods on the shelf waiting to be stolen   Before, that day, we had lessons Cursed algebra, embraced Shakespeare Explored China, played … Continue reading

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The theme of this International Women’s Day: Remember but Don’t Give Up!

I am pretty sure the unofficial theme of International Women’s Day 2016 is don’t give up. After all, we have got so far. Pity we have so much further to go. As this is a writing blog, I’m sharing a poem … Continue reading

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He loved one thing…

He loved one thing The smell of onion and garlic Cooking, leaking out Of her skin, branding her clothes. That promise of a meal, ready to turn With repetitive force. The comfort of nothingness Of whole countries debased with The … Continue reading

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This is my Refuge – a new poem #amwriting (sometimes)

I wrote this poem for a competition. I won’t say which one, but I was way off the mark. I was thinking about home, but perhaps I needed to write something more in the style of someone else, or talk … Continue reading

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