Peace and War

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Dad never tossed politics ‘gainst Him, never pitched loud against Our Lodger, perhaps that’s why He located again, my liberal-leaning Grandfather, who moved on quick, so soon after He won a third wife, and her home, a short cul-de-sac in Ottershaw, embracing a widow, no more alone: A new step-mother for Dad to endure, for...


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2016 – British View

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#Cameron did a runner, #Corbyn did f*ck all, St Theresa’s scared to do anything: This year’s highlight? Ed Balls!   Mike Bell Poetry Mike Bell aims to write 10,000 poems, stick them up here one at a time, and then take a nap. By then he should be about 85 years old and have out-gunned...


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Value

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I am humiliated by this decay, its dragged moments I can’t avoid, it lessens me, I will slope away, to be cloaked in the duvet’s void: There my limbs are less employed, as am I, in a short-lived suspense, over sleep-engineered springs, to a place of brief recompense; but with my being there I shrink,...


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Warehouse Lad

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This is a return to hell, sitting in a warehouse of soft-play constructions, and other people’s kids, re-fueled by sweet drinks, and me, here, trapped, in seating which complained under my current weight, sofas impossible for a man to rise from with any style. Another dad, rather anxious, up among the ricochet of kids, in...


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The Old Boy

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Grandfather was of a slipped generation,
with his Bakelite twirled-to radio stations....


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Frost, Australia

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I was not disturbed but soft-woken by her dusted frost blown in from England as I was slow-coached from behind her bare pane-press of chills waking to a cold face Risen to climate’s change in New South Wales – it reduced my thin expectation of clothing E010219 Mike Bell Poetry Mike Bell aims to write...


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Putin’s Law

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Multiply subordinates, not your rivals, as Parkinson’s Law stands, as it applies: Nothing to do with shuddered disease, more about huge bureaucracies: A law equally applied to the world’s leaders, with their hidden desire for sinister pleasures. Putin has studied this arcane resolve, he’s running America through Trump’s arsehole.   Mike Bell Poetry Mike Bell...


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Distance

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The distance, my distance, on our late-traipse home, we split, slipped in time, stonewall of town’s slope, to the bells’ commands of Holy Cross Church: with books, our language, of moments mis-heard: This distance, my distance, you shall have to forgive, as long as such distances are not distances long-lived.   Mike Bell Poetry Mike...


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Gifted

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It will be another end
to another slowing year -
my tightening body
under pain's besmear
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Last Minute

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

‘Twas the last Saturday before Christmas, and a panic ensued, a present for his mother, even though she’s so rude; you dive into Smiths, lacking Xmas inspiration, you come out carrying others’ foul perspiration. Instead buy a scarf, from the crap-gift store, but such selfless endeavour doesn’t bring you rewards. You’re home, empty-handed, so knock...


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