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Thursday 23 February 2012

Hold on just a little while longer

Hold on just a little while longer

-         breaking the speed limit
 on a light August day,

running to the ticket office -

tell the ferry to wait -
my heart bursting through my chest -
Too late.

You were at my birth –

I wanted to hold on
to your hand -

when you died.
© Valerie Taylor 8/2/12
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Monday 20 February 2012

‘Hold on just a little while longer’

Where was it?

Unless he did it by the book
it would be useless.

He needed his mother’s wisdom
her lack of attention to detail.

He knelt to pray
whistled their theme tune.

♫ Hold on ...
… while longer ♫♪

And she came, told him how
to make a Fiona Fricassée

without the head he’d lost.

© Sophia Roberts
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For a young person leaving school who wants to gain a skill
I strongly recommend that hospitality may fit the bill
Language & communication skills may serve you very well
Particularly if you should decide to work in an hotel
Some special skills cannot be learned from merely reading books
And there is always work for young people who are trained as cooks
So I suggest you learn such skills when leaving your school’s 6th Form
Who knows … they may have been your destiny … from the time you were born

© Kenneth Campbell 2011
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Hold on.
These storms will pass;
Just wait –

                                    What for?
                                    Some rescue?
                                    No!  Too slow.
                                    I shall endure –
                                    That’s different, though.

Hold on.
Good times will come;
Anticipate –

                                    I must?
                                    What we expect may never be.
                                    So seize the day;
                                    The now is all we have
                                    Before we turn to dust.

© Gill Dunstan
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Jehu-like and in grim silence he urged the Volvo towards the ferry port

He had blamed her for setting off late; she argued that he had turned back to check the front door was locked. Much swearing when she directed him down the wrong exit from a roundabout.

Behind, the children whimpered, appalled.

If they caught the ferry they would laugh hysterically.


© Tim Scott
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Flowers from a Book

Opening slowly as a forgotten murmuring dream
Undressed, naked in its sepia hidden secret years

Of once bright orange stamen, now stained, ingrained
As an old nicotined finger of petal thin skin
Pointing it’s impress to words of once love of a lost memory
Sacrificed in a last act of submission
Inscribed by copperplate indigo ink that has paled
As lost old eyes that no longer see, now to be found

By other fingers that have touched the soul of sorrow
Kissed by lips that have tasted hopelessness

English Bakery Boracay Philippines15th February 2012

© Harry Mills
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Midnight Rainbow

Is this your name, Peace?
Then show me your night sky
Let me ride the bright star
Let me kiss your black lips

Then arc me tenderly with your midnight rainbow

3c English Bakery Boracay Philippines 10th February 2012

© Harry Mills
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Thursday 2 February 2012

Henry Miller's Commandments, from Henry Miller on Writing:

1. Work on one thing at a time until finished.
2. Start no more new books, add no more new material to “Black Spring.”
3. Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.
4. Work according to Program and not according to mood. Stop at the appointed time!
5. When you can’t create you can work.
6. Cement a little every day, rather than add new fertilizers.
7. Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it.
8. Don’t be a draught-horse! Work with pleasure only.
9. Discard the Program when you feel like it–but go back to it the next day. Concentrate. Narrow down. Exclude.
10. Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.
11. Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterwards.