Mike Bell

Mike Bell writes one poem every day in order to retain his mental faculties - one a day since 5th November 2015 www.mike bell poems.com

2040: Long Player

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Listen close – auld tunes &
songs with their forgotten
verses – fall into them – [in

time return to a love] – We
hold a minacious needle –
drop it – step back from a
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2039: We Are All Useless Fools

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It was only protest singers – & prim
MPs – with nods to Mrs Whitehouse
[& Disgusted-Of ] who were heard –
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2038: Madeira Drive

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We dodgemed [few
intentional bumps
on Madeira Drive] –
I hadn’t been out &
seen such throngs –
not for a year – later
you cooked – a rarer
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2037: We give in to racists

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There may be a time
when we’ve rid their
vitriol from ear-shot
[every gobbed word
of arrogant fools …/

2036: Hand-print

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I was not around for
my hand-print to be
added – as a sixth of
a family-pressing …/

2035: After Snow

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We always have snow
in late March – around
my birth-date [9 days
after a sibling – he still

won’t talk to me] – TV
doesn’t do loose plot-
lines [I arc on walks &
so I always convolute]
…/

2034: There is such a difference

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There is such a difference – a
love of her children exhaled –
& she inhales their love too –
[not prior umbilical lusts] – &
[in ignorance] she unties my
dislikes [all double-knotted –
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2033: There are auld ghosts flitting

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There are auld ghosts flitting
in my periphery [I brood as a
gull squalls overhead] & I do
not know enough – we are an
ignorant pair of fools – a man
& his persistent dog – I’ll walk
away for a good thirty+ years
../

2032: Disrelish

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Why do kindred I once
endured hate Meghan
Markle – I grant mostly
retired Brexit lovers [&
part-time racists] – Via
loud clucks they don’t
give a fuck for washed
up bodies [from Syria]
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2030: There’s nothing

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There’s nothing – no love
[it’s an unmade mosaic] –

Dispense me from a hall
of so-distorting-mirrors

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2028: Matryoshka

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She plays at being a Russian
doll – embosoming offspring
for as long as she can [align –
contain – close – & curb] – her
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2026: Stoking narratives

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Stoking narratives from a
single act [we are pundits
on faded side-lines] – Peel
back indiscretions born in
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2025: No lighter touch

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No lighter touch
by those aligned
in rigid uniforms
[bright high-vis –
might as well be
builders] …/

2024: Under you

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Under U – Under you – an
unhappiness set in – lent
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2023: I am in quiet company

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I am in quiet company [here
spit-cleaned headstones are
outré recalls] – Six feet down
lie de trop beloved & wife of
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2022: Buried Alive

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Pile on every dragged up
negative – ‘til that weight
slips – a slag heap shift of
cold indiscretions’ll crawl
before all – Shovel blame
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2021: Seven days of rain

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Seven days of rain – forecasts
are no longer trustworthy – is
rain fallen-off-by-a-millimetre
enough to reduce our belief?
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2020: Sliding

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A gradual shadow still
safeguards last night’s
frost [shields it] & sets
me extant learnt tasks
in Secondary Sciences
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2019: Monsters

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We are Mary’s child
in isolation – we see
De Lacey [he’s blind
but otherwise keen]
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2018: Upgrade

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There was always a disappointment
in what he found – as if upgrading [a
joke lads on his site had employed]
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2017: Woodland

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He tied a knot in a sapling’s
giving branch – not tight …/

2015: My Illness Whores

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My illness whores – she will nag
& curse me [to my face] & she’ll
shift me into a sheltered home …/