You Asked

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

What are you all doing tomorrow? We are coping with disturbances across gust-rippled dirtied ponds and roughed-up gutter puddles We misread momentary refractions before off-centre concentric heights roll into a greater tidal rise – even in shallows where no one drowns – not until now – Now I want to sleep early – not to...


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Henley Homes in Lambeth

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It has now come to pass children are set aside before profitable hedges to maintain London prices over fixed social housing – though their adverts stated – common areas are there for the use of all.. residents This split capital sets poor doors as markers to keep rare palaces high and beyond the reach of...


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The Reading Room

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We are looking about at a screen-stuck-to silvered generation of eye-glued viewers in trawl-warmed hands Those old phone huggers sit logged in to online’s click-bait refuge of tittle-tattle and gossip and foreign muckiness under scrolled fingering for rolled eyes of delight and instant connectedness to others’ risen anger Those mobile surfers ride on a curl...


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The White Houses

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White immigrants are less-than-wraiths casting no dark shadows in fever-run minds of spooked politicians and border racists – unless they live under foreign beliefs They are then disowned as aphotic threats to be that very fear of more is now enough – to allay relayed anxieties by politics and gods These raw mistakes of old...


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A History of Sex Education

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

We were taught to label opened plants’ parts in our relentless study of misunderstandings and delayed innuendo – ’til later zitty years of sniggered connections behind bike sheds My youth was a scruffy hedgerow of wank mags – naked bodies spread – stuck by god-knows-what under skin-scoring brambles – in rotting stuff Now real sex...


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The Witches of Newick

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Husbands of Newick beware of your wives they gather in quorum to exchange their lies And do not get sick do not suffer reductions or those sibyls of Sussex will seek compensation Mike Bell Poetry Mike Bell aims to write 10,000 poems, stick them up here one at a time, and then take a nap....


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Blackthorn

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Names are forgotten such as blackthorn here a splattered blossom over an emptiness frangible orange points on peeled white petals frill-thrusted branches but bereft of greenery and display case labels 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...


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A Wedding Reception

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

This wedding party has fallen off – Even the guests have had enough – Mrs.Glenross sleeps in the lobby – The hotel staff are now long-lost An untied best man sways to a two-fingered eye of whisky which will be regretted before dawn His rocket fuel is measured in shots A fallen hareem in ball...


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Put it

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

It may be a million strong on the streets of London with four million more signing in their absence across a petition -it will never be let to speak because The Deaf are in charge of your future and we The Muted are too loud for them to bear with open windows up Downing Street...


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Shipping Forecasts

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

We will struggle for storm names and typhoons will be numbered in the Northern Territories We will enjoy sequential weather and buy rain and shade covers in equal measure for such events Extremes will be downgraded to normal They will re-define old tide charts re-draw shorelines and flood plains But we will suffer drought and...


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