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A New Board – at last. Poem by Simon Armitage

The ‘wall’ was carried off five months ago. I have a smaller one now and hope to carry on.  Poem by Simon Armitage And if it snowed and snow covered the drive he took a spade and tossed it to … Continue reading

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Hijab Scene #7 Remember when ladies always wore a hat to go out?

Hijab Scene#7                          Mohja Kahf   No, I’m not bald under the scarf No, I’m not from that country Where women can’t drive cars No, I would not like to defect I’m already American But thank you for offering What else … Continue reading

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A sonnet Poem of fourteen lines. PRAYER Carol Ann Duffy

. Prayer                                 Carol Ann Duffy   Some days, although we cannot pray, a prayer utters itself. So, a woman will lift her head from the sieve of her hands and stare at the minims sung by a tree, a sudden … Continue reading

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St Andrews Day Scottish Names

You need to practise the ‘ch’ sound here.   SCOTTISH NAMES      Raymond Vettese I love the names o Scotland; Ecclefechan, Auchenblae, Fordoun, Gourdon, Forfar, Kirkcudbright, Dunnichen, Echt, Panadram, Drumtochty, And wha could ignore Auchtermuchty?   I love the names o … Continue reading

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Being Human – Rumi The Guest House

  The Guest House   Rumi  Words from seven centuries agoTranslated by Coleman Barks This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. … Continue reading

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Ode to Autumn John Keats

Ode To Autumn – Poem by John Keats Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run; To bend with … Continue reading

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Dietary Advice from Hilaire Belloc

The Poetry Wall is mended at last. This advice is for those of us always on a diet. Henry King who Chewed Bits of String, and Was Early Cut off in Dreadful Agonies. The chief defect of Henry King Was chewing … Continue reading

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To Thine Ownself be True Shakespeare 23rd April 2016

Advice to a young man     Hamlet Act1 Scene 3      Polonius to Laertes Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportioned thought his act. Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, Grapple … Continue reading

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A Love Song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsALgi5yM_A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIW_Ah0wg-w “The Way You Look Tonight” Some day, when I’m awfully low When the world is cold I will feel a glow just thinking of you And the way you look tonight Yes, you’re lovely, with your smile so … Continue reading

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Japanese Jokes The Haiku is a traditional Japanese form of seventeen syllables.

Japanese Jokes                   for Anthony Thwaite       Peter Porter   In his winged collar he  flew. The nation wanted peace. Our Perseus!   William Blake, William Blake, William Blake, William Blake, say it and feel new!   Love without sex is still … Continue reading

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