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About jmgale

I try very hard and am sometimes right.

Excerpt from The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay

Song from The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay   “One winter’s morn we rounds the Horn, A-rollin’ homeward bound. We strikes the ice, goes down in a trice, And all on board but Curry and Rice And me an’ Sam … Continue reading

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One Evening by W H Auden

  One Evening As I walked out one evening, Walking down Bristol Street, The crowds upon the pavement Were fields of harvest wheat. And down by the brimming river I heard a lover sing Under an arch of the railway: … Continue reading

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Recreation by Audre Lorde

Recreation   Coming together    it is easier to work    after our bodies    meet paper and pen neither care nor profit whether we write or not but as your body moves under my hands    charged and waiting    we cut the leash … Continue reading

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The Love song of Mugoo and Gugoo by Daljit Nagra

The Love Song of Mugoo and Gugoo Mugoo was a sweeper boy and the cleanest of the sweeper caste. He would leap at the blush of dawn to clean the paths and the steps spotless. Gugoo was a bootmaker girl … Continue reading

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I Hid my Love by John Clare

I Hid my Love I hid my love when young till I Couldn’t bear the buzzing of a fly; I hid my love to my despite Till I could not bear to look at light: I dare not gaze upon … Continue reading

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Mermaid by Moniza Alvi

Mermaid (after Tabitha Vevers) About human love, she knew nothing. I’ll show you he promised. But first you need legs. And he held up a knife with the sharpest of tips to the ripeness of her emerald tail. She danced … Continue reading

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The Victoria Falls by Muriel Spark

The Victoria Falls   So hushed, so hot, the broad Zambesi lies Above the Falls, and on her weedy isles Swing antic monkeys swarm malignant flies, And seeming-lazy lurk long crocodiles. But somewhere down the river does the hush Become … Continue reading

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