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ALAS! POOR QUEEN

ALAS! POOR QUEEN         Marion Angus She was skilled in music and the dance And the old arts of love At the court of the poisoned rose And the perfumed glove, And gave her beautiful hand To the pale Dauphin                                                A … Continue reading

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The Bird of Freedom Jon Plunkett

The Bird of Freedom  (Hirundo rustica) We have tried to cage it with our words and superstitions, poured the devil’s blood into its veins and forked tail. We tether it to summer, have it bring spring on the wing and … Continue reading

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LONELY HEARTS Wendy Cope

        Lonely Hearts   Wendy Cope Can someone make my simple wish come true? Male biker seeks female for touring fun. Do you live in North London? Is it you?   Gay vegetarian whose friends are few, I’m … Continue reading

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More Fishiness Basking Shark

Basking Shark                                      Norman MacCaig To stub an oar on a rock where none should be, To have it rise with a slounge out of the sea Is a thing that happened once (too often) to me. But not too often … Continue reading

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Catch of the Day – a celebration. Catch the exhibition at the Fisheries Museum, Anstruther

Apologies the wall has been hibernating. Caller Herrin’ Chorus Wha’ll buy my caller herrin’? They’re bonnie fish and halesome farin’; Wha’ll buy my caller herrin’,                       New drawn frae the Forth? When ye were sleepin’ on your pillows, Dream’d ye aught … Continue reading

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If at first you don’t succeed – in Scots

The Spider’s Legend of Robert The Bruce               Hugh McMillan Ah got scunnert tryin tae spin a web for denner, the stane wis a slaisterie, ah couldnae get a grip, ah wis hauf stairved by the end, no even a midge … Continue reading

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Masterchef for Witches? Hallowe’en approaches

Round about the cauldron go; In the poison’d entrails throw. Toad, that under cold stone Days and nights hast thirty one Swelter’d venom sleeping got, Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and … Continue reading

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Autumnal Thoughts – a poem by our lovely Christine

Autumnal Thoughts                              Christine Johnson Autumn has arrived with its mysterious morning mists and mild frostiness.   The night rain has drenched the grass with dewdrops which sparkle and shiver in the wind.   The cool morning sun penetrates the colourful … Continue reading

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And they say there aren’t children like him any more – sixty years later

Timothy Winters       Charles Causley Timothy Winters comes to school With eyes as wide as a football pool, Ears like bombs and teeth like splinters: A blitz of a boy is Timothy Winters.His belly is white, his neck is dark, And … Continue reading

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Table Edip Cansever

Table     Edip Cansever               Apologies, no room on the actual wall for all the lines A man filled with the gladness of living Put his keys on the table, Put flowers in a copper bowl there. He put his … Continue reading

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