February 11, 2018

Brilliantly Blue | #CapturedInWords


I've known dandy peacocks
Strutting, swaggering
Blazing brilliantly blue
Dancing to conquer
Ruffled, enraptured
Hens hearts fractured
One before the next
One after the other

I once knew a woman
Who owned a lone cock
Weeping in the mirror
She gifted his solitude
In his image he struck
At the air 
In a sudden terrible screech
That awful, wretched sound

I dreamt that a swan
Swiftly took his throat
And his life
Breaking his bleats
And his neck in two
He cried out no more
I wept and clapped in anguished delight

#CapturedInWords

I have a terrible habit of never finishing what I set out to write and you know what? That’s fine. For me, writing is a progressive, evolutionary act and so I try to publish in short, first drafts to give myself less of a hard time and the freedom to capture whatever I feel at a given time. 


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July 16, 2017

The Gardener's Rose | #CapturedInWords

The Gardener's Rose | #CapturedInWords
The gardener pruning for the prize he was told to want, doesn't see the whole garden, but his rose he feeds by day and by night, wi...
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April 11, 2017

There's a Body in the River | #CapturedInWords

There's a Body in the River | #CapturedInWords
Captured by a girl By a woman By a ghost Frame-locked and fixed  To the past And the present  The make believe  And the r...
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March 04, 2017

My Black Cat | #CapturedInWords

My Black Cat | #CapturedInWords
Black cats can be any shape, size, or condition But mine's like a panther Sleek, slender, smooth His hind strong like a...
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February 11, 2017

The House by the Sea | #CapturedInWords

The House by the Sea | #CapturedInWords
I woke from a dream of an old life where I slept in the attic room of a tall, dishevelled town house by the sea. The tired timber fra...
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February 05, 2017

To Be A Fig | #CapturedInWords

To Be A Fig | #CapturedInWords
Dear Mr Lawrence*, None a living thing is forever Better a bursten fig I'd be And be beheld In truthful majesty Than not ...
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January 29, 2017

No Blue In Your Eyes | #CapturedInWords

No Blue In Your Eyes | #CapturedInWords
There is no blue in your eyes, really Just the scattering of light Of conversations started And left, unfinished Blue, be...
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December 08, 2016

We Need a Boatman | #CapturedInWords

We Need a Boatman | #CapturedInWords
Place your brackets around me Around us (And especially around yourself) We'll be safe there On your made-man sun Manacle me ...
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November 20, 2016

Notes at 6:16am | #CapturedInWords

Notes at 6:16am | #CapturedInWords
 Last night I dreamt of a burnished American landscape in Fall  My reflection hung and pregnant upon my own gaze;  A swollen hau...
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November 19, 2016

Piaf's Mask | #CapturedInWords

Piaf's Mask | #CapturedInWords
I found your eye, Blue Scratched into my notebook January 2007 Burnt there, lingering With notes on Piaf Her name Scrawled a doze...
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February 18, 2019

Speeding Car | #CapturedInWords

Speeding Car | #CapturedInWords
Somewhere in the dark without edges The indicator ticks Radio Four murmuring all the while Grandma's hands are clasped around...
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June 17, 2018

Without Atonement | #CapturedInWords

Without Atonement | #CapturedInWords
Contrition, wails your siren song Like a lighthouse sweeping the shadows A beacon of hope for another  In the darkness of empty w...
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April 08, 2018

Being You | #CapturedInWords

Being You | #CapturedInWords
I sip tea from the mug With your initial on the front That I found at the office Before I knew you And thought I wonder if thi...
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March 08, 2018

1918 | #CapturedInWords

1918 | #CapturedInWords
(Continued from Moon Faces) There were a dozen moons that night. She counted them from the wheelbarrow as George raced them around th...
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March 07, 2018

Intimate Inanimate | #CapturedInWords

Intimate Inanimate | #CapturedInWords
Paint flecks on wrists Thermal fabric cloyed on hips Close to your skin These inanimate things That moved with you Alive, pul...
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January 20, 2018

Boats Look Different | #CapturedInWords

Boats Look Different | #CapturedInWords
You make me want to polish furniture Although dust never slighted me  Buffering the smears away  A shine growing brighter With ...
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January 01, 2018

Grandma's Curtains | #CapturedInWords

Grandma's Curtains | #CapturedInWords
When afternoons were often spent tucked under the blanket with grandma, we would delight in our own ways. She, with aspirin, Cornis...
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December 10, 2017

Moon Faces | #CapturedInWords

Moon Faces | #CapturedInWords
(Carrying on from Milk Moon ) There were a dozen moons that night. She counted them from the wheelbarrow as George raced them aroun...
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August 28, 2017

A Penetrable Whole | #CapturedInWords

A Penetrable Whole | #CapturedInWords
You once said  That man would fuck sand If he could As if to abandon responsibility On behalf of mankind  Or illuminate a sic...
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June 29, 2017

The Jester | #CapturedInWords

The Jester | #CapturedInWords
The gardener, the sailor, the fiddler  Flash the jester None the truthful man  Yet or ever  Just refraction Illuminating my r...
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