Pension Planning

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

When this gets real bad
and we will not see that -
not for quite some time yet .../


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Pinned

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Her long-rooted shyness
stopped her donning angel ways
in Israel - on an Arab feast day .../


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Words for Mud

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

We trampled under re-tugged hoods
across even wetter open ground
like low-eyed parlour-set cattle .../


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seant mareis ovv safvhmptn

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Mye eezal warz nawt
desynd
t b carid sholda hie
+
nawt espeshli throo v rare-d liat
distrikt ov bernin brite
bollbs een windas .../


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Lost For Words

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

A conqueror's high esteem
of varied Pevensey shellfish
is marked up - still to this day -
when catching pandles .../


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That Farmer’s Wife

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Tess was never an unalloyed maid -
not Hardy's vessel of pure emotion
untinctured by innocence

Such country girls are as scarce
as a hen's brightly bared tooth
Too hastily judged? Or not? .../


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Did I Let It Slip

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Did I let it slip
that I have slept
with men? .../


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Insurance Matters

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Here - almost - an immolated whale
found bare - beached and dry

She is still - no stuttering breaths
of engine or pumps - cold dead .../


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Acquiescence

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Succumb to her
soft measures - offered
within embraces
and gripped .../


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The Ballad of Belmarsh Gaol

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

#TommyRobinson
is going to prison -
along with Stephen
Yaxley-Lennon .../


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