Author Archives: Terry Wassall

Unlocked – video performance and download

As we emerge from the physical lockdown we’ve collectively endured in 2020–2021, we are celebrating poetically with the very timely theme of ‘unlocked’. Heartlines Writers is now a well-established group with its own website; www.heartlines.uk. Four of the members run … Continue reading

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DISTANT STARS, OTHER WORLDS

Away with the mental acrobatics of Modernism – post or otherwise – and all such elitist dross. Clarity is what I crave, along with the beauty of the singing line. I do not read poetry to be puzzled: give me … Continue reading

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sunglasses at midnight – video performance for the Leeds LitFest 2021

For a pdf of the poems performed by the Heartlines Writers group in the video please click on sunglasses at midnight download. Back at the beginning of 2020, we had no thought of publishing any of our work – we … Continue reading

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A Perfect Storm

For days the ocean has unleashed its ire, a frenzy born of elemental spite – winds have raged that will not cease or tire till all’s consumed in endless, blackest night. The waves break fiercely on the rocks, and spray … Continue reading

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I have never loved

I have never loved. I missed the early childhood class That should have shown the ropes Of losing myself in another. No caresses or kisses No loving warm words Just the icy indifference Of parental duty. I do not cry … Continue reading

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Breakfast

Breakfast cereal and a slice of toast Satchel ready with homework, books and lunch Sports afternoon, the one I like the most Better than sitting on the old school bench. Up late today so breakfasted in haste, Nine miles to … Continue reading

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Turning points

Moments of motion Changes of direction. Some turning points are obvious, Immediate. But many go unobserved, Disregarded minor deviations, small shifts That accumulate and compound over the years All tending in the same direction. A mounting surge of myriad small … Continue reading

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Lily Briscoe

Lily Briscoe is one of the main characters in Virgina Woolf’s 1927 novel To The Lighthouse.  The action of the novel takes place at the house on Sky that the Ramsey family rent every summer and share with a number … Continue reading

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The days are long and lend themselves to pleasure,

The days are long and lend themselves to pleasure, The nights are times to rest and take my ease. The years go by and I enjoy my leisure, A solitary life spent as I please. My shelves are full of … Continue reading

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Players and Masks

All the world’s a stage, said the Stratford Bard And we, my friends, are merely the players Dramatis personae, life’s foot soldiers We write and are written, given our parts We play the characters and speak their lines. The drama … Continue reading

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