The Wedding Guest

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Two contrails cross over Croydon
as a childish whispered kiss
a wedding party walks the aisle
of this train to London Bridge ...


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Virgin England

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

'Get permission from the ticket office
to travel on this train'
sums up this queue-fat England
of intransigence and new rules ...


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The Sign on Southern Railway

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

There's a Samaritan's helpline advertised on the platform
hanging from a lamp post on the sturdiest of wires ...


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No Natural Death

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

"For a man who has done his natural duty, death is as natural as sleep." Santayana

Here we meet again
you are no longer my friend
you the jolt. the itch. the portend ...


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Beachcombing

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

On the shingle-driven beach - I looked for shells - but found plastic .../


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Kermode’s Lament

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

He walks the Croisette
between palm leaf shadows

this gloom-filled film critc
nursing a flopping hangover ...


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If On a Winter’s Night

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

Se una notte d'inverno
n viaggiatore

As disordered pages
I read back my life ...


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Bank Holiday

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

The curtain moves as if asleep
those slight adjustments

but set by breeze
which is laced with the heat .../


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Repeats

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

It is as if
you were delivered to us
to bear witness ...


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Wireless Night

By Mike Bell Poetry No comments

04 19 marks this moment
which I share with you

but I am still alone
being single in a double bed ...


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