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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That Glitters Is Not

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

I found gold dust in my pockets – stolen coins had spoiled to grit – I was hung for theft and bullying – my life was spent – worth less Our weights were split by lawyers with their pounds of flesh quick cut You blew your half-hard fallacies and grinned with every slap Mike Bell...


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Gorky Spat

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” Dostoyevsky Under my suburban childhood – then my laesie apprenticeships – and away at my vacant universities I openly embraced an older man – Maxim Gorky – that Soviet rouser – within a series of bent secondhand...


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Below Snatts Lane

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Our spun dogs leapt
into a hidden swank only reappearing - only -
when cooled
by that glum - that cold -
woodland pond ../


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Driving Lessons

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

A car ahead of me
clipped a pigeon
which spun upwards
in a last attempt at flight -
but it also exploded
showing pink flesh .../


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Memory Fields

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Behind Chiddingly's
mouse-crept churchyard
a still minute's silence
was being observed .../


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Into Candles and Soap

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Inhale those odours within
la Ville Lumière - of corpse wax

found among her exhumed
Draw on le cimetière des Innocents .../


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Takeaways

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

How shall I study
your offered body?
With intimate sight
through my fingertips .../


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Migrants – 4th July

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

That Americanism of Autumn to Fall came with Sussex men and women who landed on a slip of their new world Now another conceit rewritten as Americana but stolen old English Their cast wide seeds were sent to feed future revolutionaries and land thieves Blame Sussex for such misappropriation Mike Bell Poetry Mike Bell aims...


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