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About jmgale

I try very hard and am sometimes right.

THE FIRST DAY OF WINTER by Laura Lush

On the first day of winter, the earth awakens to the cold touch of itself. Snow knows no other recourse except this falling, this sudden letting go over the small gnomed bushes, all the emptying trees. To read the full … Continue reading

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Sunset by B. John Burr

  SUNSET The noise turned off The cranking engine of the worked out day The noise turned off The bird flock settled in the roosting tree   The silence preceding The stalking silhouettes of night The silence preceding The appearing … Continue reading

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Gloriana Dying by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Gloriana Dying   None shall gainsay me. I will lie on the floor. Hitherto from horseback, throne, balcony, I have looked down upon your looking up. Those sands are run. Now I reverse the glass And bid henceforth your homage … Continue reading

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Advice to Grub Street verse-writers by Jonathan Swift

Advice to Grub Street verse-writers         Ye poets ragged and forlorn,       Down from your garrets haste; Ye rhymers, dead as soon as born,       Not yet consign’d to paste;      I know a trick to make you thrive;       O, ’tis … Continue reading

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A Divine Image by William Blake

A Divine Image Cruelty has a human heart, And Jealousy a human face; Terror the human form divine, And Secresy the human dress. The human dress is forged iron, The human form a fiery forge, The human face a furnace … Continue reading

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Fairy-tale Logic by A E Stallings

Fairy-tale Logic Fairy tales are full of impossible tasks: Gather the chin hairs of a man-eating goat, Or cross a sulphuric lake in a leaky boat, Select the prince from a row of identical masks, Tiptoe up to a dragon … Continue reading

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Stoneleigh Community Library by Trevor Dunford

To celebrate Libraries Week a poetry competition was launched across Surrey.  We looked for poems that celebrated libraries and the individual communities around them. The response was terrific.  Many poets celebrated libraries as a safe space to dream, learn and, … Continue reading

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