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Dogged Scribblings - newly on Kindle

Love advice from a fishmonger, what puppies dream about, the invention of flatulence, an unusually honest job application, why King Arthur enjoys a good cuppa, and ten more short poems: Dogged Scribblings is a chapbook of my poetry newly published on Kindle. Reviews and ratings are always welcome!

Click here to buy on amazon.com for $1.99

Click here to buy on amazon.co.uk for 99p

(cover image here)

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Syndicated 2014-01-05 16:31:26 (Updated 2014-01-05 16:32:32) from Monument

on a night of snow

This is among my favourite sonnets; I wish it were better known, so here it is:

ON A NIGHT OF SNOW
by Elizabeth Coatsworth

"Cat, if you go outdoors you must walk in the snow.
You will come back with little white shoes on your feet,
little white slippers of snow that have heels of sleet.
Stay by the fire, my Cat. Lie still, do not go.
See how the flames are leaping and hissing low.
I will bring you a saucer of milk like a marguerite,
so white and so smooth, so spherical and so sweet–
stay with me, Cat. Outdoors the wild winds blow."

"Outdoors the wild winds blow, Mistress, and dark is the night.
Strange voices cry in the trees, intoning strange lore;
and more than cats move, lit by our eyes’ green light,
on silent feet where the meadow grasses hang hoar–
Mistress, there are portents abroad of magic and might,
and things that are yet to be done. Open the door!"

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Syndicated 2013-12-23 13:57:53 (Updated 2013-12-23 13:58:27) from Monument

from Iolanthe

TOLLOLLER:
Of all the young ladies I know,
This pretty young lady's the fairest ;
Her lips have the rosiest show.
Her eyes are the richest and rarest.
Her origin's lowly, it's true.
But of birth and position I've plenty ;
I've grammar and spelling for two.
And blood and behavior for twenty!

MOUNTARARAT:
Though the views of the House have diverged
On every conceivable motion,
All questions of party are merged
In a frenzy of love and devotion.
If you ask us distinctly to say
What party we claim to belong to,
We reply, without doubt or delay,
The party I'm singing this song to.

PHYLLIS:
I'm very much pained to refuse,
But I'll stick to my pipes and my tabors;
I can spell all the words that I use,
And my grammar's as good as my neighbour's.
As for birth, I was bom like the rest.
My behavior is rustic, but hearty.
And I know where to turn for the best
When I want a particular party!

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Syndicated 2013-12-13 11:05:40 from Monument

Controversial and offensive

I wrote a thing about the problems with the words "controversial" and "offensive".

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Syndicated 2013-12-11 15:16:37 from Monument

World united in mourning Mandela



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Syndicated 2013-12-09 11:24:13 from Monument

Don't pass by on the other side.

Don't pass by on the other side.

http://prostitutescollective.net/2013/12/05/police-raids-against-sex-workers-in-soho-central-london/

No, I've never been involved in sex work, buying or selling, and this still makes me angry. You know why? Because while the authorities are dealing with it by carrying out this sort of raid on those who aren't even breaking the law, then at best we live in a society that shoots its wounded. And whatever your views for or against the morality of these women's work, you and I are implicated in the violence if we turn a blind eye.

Don't pass by on the other side. Share and raise your voice. Thank you.

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Syndicated 2013-12-05 17:02:31 from Monument

Nightmares

Horrible nightmares last night; one of them I haven't seen since childhood. I'm lost in a huge cemetery, and the graves are all slightly cracked and open. I have to get away, but whatever way I go I have to cross over a grave. And when I do... no, no zombies... instead, I learn all the suffering in the life of the one who lies there. It's hideous. I think the worst last night was the medic who had to operate on his own child to save their life, unsuccessfully.

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Syndicated 2013-12-02 08:54:25 from Monument

Saki - The Open Window

Your story this week is Saki's "The Open Window", a startling tale of youthful intrigue. Feedback, comments, suggestions, and sharing are always welcome.



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Syndicated 2013-11-16 22:48:21 (Updated 2013-11-16 22:49:35) from Monument

10 Nov 2013 (updated 16 Nov 2013 at 23:05 UTC) »

Saki - The Storyteller

I wanted to read you a story.



Let me know whether you like it, and whether you'd like more.

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Syndicated 2013-11-10 15:53:38 (Updated 2013-11-16 22:49:02) from Monument

How not to land a job

I was just buying something in a small shop, when a man with a small child stopped outside and shouted in, "Excuse me!"

The assistant ignored him, but he persisted. "Excuse me! I sent in my CV yesterday. But it had the wrong number on it! Here's the right one. Go on, love."

The child ran in and deposited a scrap of paper on the desk, with a number scrawled in biro.

I don't think he'll get the job.

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Syndicated 2013-11-09 12:22:27 from Monument

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