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NaPoWriMo 2018 – 2 -Belladonna


Clothed in black and purple

She waits in the quiet places.

Beguiling and tempting –

Putting on the glamour.

Deep, dark eyes shining

With a hint of menace and madness

She holds the life thread

Between her elegant fingers.

Twisting it this way and that and

Now you see her shears.



NaPoWriMo 2018 – 1 – Oh Diana!


miracle of nature.

do not think of moving

toothed leaves snap tightly

when triggered by prey


workings are complex

dependent on changes

of cells in the hinge

which are tapped more than once


snap close to trap it,

flaps close to squash it,

enzymes secreted

to digest your meal


opening slowly

waiting in silence

for more fools to dance

in your wide open mouth

NaPoWriMo 2016 – No 3 – Kooks



Her name was Liza Jane
but she would only love you
until Tuesday.
“John, I’m only dancing” she’d cry
but she was a rebel –
she only brought you sorrow.

The starman was a space oddity.
He told you stories
of life on Mars
and caused the changes in you.
You were truly loving the alien.
“Hallo Spaceboy! You are my little wonder!”

1984 –
The beginning of the golden years.
The fame, the sound and vision
of the young Americans
in their blue jeans and
Don Johnson jackets
You were under pressure
whilst they were dancing in the street.

You crawled up the hill backwards
Right to the edges
of Suffragette city
where the cat people
became your heroes.
Then, you could only look back in anger
at the ones who crawled and slithered
over the breaking glass.

The beautiful China girl
was a truly modern love.
You had to admit that you
were both absolute beginners
in a fashion.
“Let’s dance under the moonlight”
I remember you said.

But, where are we now?
I look up to the stars
and I see that love is lost.
There is only one solitary black star
hanging bleakly in the poisoned sky.
And I can only dream
of the day you rise up again
like Lazarus.