Author Archives: ShirleyB

About ShirleyB

I was born with the muse in me. Sometimes I wish it would go away but it won't, so, good, bad or ugly it will escape intermittently.

Contemplating Dating

People tell me I should try a little dating. ‘Go on, dear’, they trill, ‘It’s just the tonic’, Their nagging tends to get a little grating, so, I’ll meet you, Geoff, as long as it’s platonic. It’s not easy for … Continue reading

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The Fast Brood Joint

I never intended to stop that day. It was just a sudden urge. Some sort of latent longing, maybe, I just had to purge. How could I resist? I saw that huge B, yellow and towering above the shop, beckoning … Continue reading

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Your Ship Came In

You lingered in a deep and restless sea, Ostensibly, a man content to be Untethered by the bonds of wedded bliss; Resistant to the charms of every Miss. Simplistic in your chosen way of life, Hard-fast, you vowed to never … Continue reading

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For England. For a Son.

Bodhirose has set the challege of a Rondel for d’Verse Poet’s Pub     for England. for a son manipulation reigned an English maiden tamed this history begun sacred laws undone a regal country stained for England. for a son … Continue reading

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Flight of Haiku

the wings of haiku fly high over many heads skimming chosen few

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My Glorious Wedding Day

Oh, what a day! The vicar – nodding, smiling said, ‘If any person have a reason why they can’t be wed…’. From near the back a woman said, ‘Damn right, he’s wed to me’. A dreadful lull consumed the church. … Continue reading

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A Villanelle for Anne

A Villanelle for Anne They failed to filch her fine and noble mien when Anne Boleyn endured the bloody stand. Poor Queen! So swift the sword on Tower Green. Fifteen thirty three could not foresee this heinous act by Cromwell’s … Continue reading

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Old Words, Love and Burger Boxes

A sad Valentine’s poem.   This year was different or was it me? same Trafalgar crowds link-armed-laughing pigeons puff-chested gluttons different air full of afterthoughts I could almost touch fluttering away like rusting leaves on winter’s breath I waited on … Continue reading

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Would I Return

A prompt by Adhra for d’verse – poets pub So today I ask this question to you – do you want to reborn as who you are? Do you think you could come back like a bird? What would you … Continue reading

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The Bridge

Today is Haibun Monday at dVerse.  A haibun is a Japanese form that combines prose with haiku. Photography courtesy of gabriella. It had been an unrelenting journey. We’d cowered from the savage rage of milky-topped mountains; endured the critical eye of … Continue reading

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