#Saifullah & Son

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Six hundred and fifty
now reduced to forty -
there the forgotten
forever prisoners .../


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The Pilot

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Stunned by an off-shore tip -
but that was part of the deal
of any such shore-to-ship pull
under the pilot's minimal steer
of his salt-pressed gig crew .../


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Bonfire

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

We cannot ignore
what we see //
We have to recognise
the slow creep
of ired white men
and equal women .../


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Harbourside

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

I tripped on a snake
coiled into the form
of fixed turns .../


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#BlackFriday

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

I crumpled - again - this morning -
with the endless news - which I cradled -
still warm - in my left hand -
then this unplugged device dimmed
to save on power usage .../


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Marlow’s Complaint

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

My shins are singing out loud
like Potter's skinned detective -
him - joyless in being bed-bound .../


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Bar Work

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

//Grown men bear-hug
in the cinema bar -
this town's tough men -
they stand held-hard .../


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The Dew Pond

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

I have woken to
that occasional weight
of the chain mail
of another night sweat .../


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Under the Sun

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Come and watch us pick at
our scabs of bloody ignorance -
they will - one day - partly heal .../


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Confirmation Bias

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Bias - it is our twisted keel
set into that unequal sea swell .../


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