Category Archives: Poetry

MONEY

I park the car, turn off the wipers, stand in the rain a while to get my bearings, then collect a trolley. You look up and nod your head half hidden in your parka’s sodden fur as the automatic doors … 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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CARTOGRAPHY

In the mind’s geography, there are no maps to guide you, no star to steer you home. No one has been there before you and there are no signposts. You are your own cartographer in this uncharted terrain. It is … Continue reading

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God’s Oath

Libby’s a teacher, Beta grows herbs, Liza’s a dreamer, while Elsa loves words, Elisa’s a neat freak, Belle is a slattern, Isabelle like chaos while Libby needs patterns, Ealasidde writes poems, recites them on walks, Beth’s passion is animals, she’d … Continue reading

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In Yorkshire (a rondeau)

In Yorkshire – to the North York Moors – its heather, dales and rugged shores. Backdrop to those telly dramas – Heartbeat and that soap ‘bout farmers – destinations for fans’ coach tours. They’re queuing up – the more mature … Continue reading

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FOOD OF HEROES

Let those who are in favour with their stars set out upon a journey round the moon; cast aside restraint, break through the bars of brittle caution. Life must end too soon and choices disappear like Autumn mist. So gird … Continue reading

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BALLISTICS

guilty as charged – kissing the gunner’s daughter without priming her the gunner’s daughter matched me salvo for salvo till our rounds were spent combined fire-power ensured this was more than just a shot in the dark! Bill Fitzsimons

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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 Tree Dream

                He Lies down Head on rocks Sleep empowers Reality transforms The scene about transforms Angels descend down the tree The invisibility changes his consciousness A new perspective enters the scene A voice … Continue reading

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Blowing In The Wind

Blowing in the wind, but there are no answers here: here, where the birds are silent and the forest keeps its secrets. A young woman’s body turning gently in a winter breeze; the creaking branch from which she hangs; the … Continue reading

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