A Man of the Last Century

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

You were balanced on a bar stool
balanced on a bar
as ambivelent south Londoners
watched you play guitar -
Tooting had never seen the like before ...


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Distances

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

We are existing on two shifting continents
still being dragged apart by the slow forces
of nature - her spiteful ways have set us asunder
through more than time differences and flights ...


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A Letter Home

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

I do not see this shaded life ending -
that which is being set forth by you
A plan of my restraint from expectation ...


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A Weariness

By Mike Bell Poetry 1 comment

Over three decades ago I lived
under this ridge and these roof tiles
of repeatedly cast red clay ...


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Reader

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

If you wrote poetry I would read it
because I need to know more ...


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The Foreigner

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

This sun on me is a cure
helping my nails grow
and burning off that skin
which had been flaking...


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The Shade

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

There is no word for this foreign heat
but under the dapple-shadow plantation
I find a ten minute retreat from our star ...


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Your Place

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

How are you living your life
on a daily basis?
Is there space in your thoughts ...


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Elicited

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

I have to measure my responses
and weigh the more foul energies

against those that lift me to you -
a conversion to a way with propriety ..


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The Cows

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Two good legs shunt the shed's herd
of black and white hand-numbered hides
into the single storey milking parlour ...


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