Poetry & Writing

My Greatest Memory

 

It was March of 1984, the spring term. It had started well. Julia and I got on nicely although we were never lovers or that close. We looked into each other’s eyes. That was very romantic but it never got better than that. She was ambitious and wanted to ‘get on with her life’ and I was just ordinary, with no clue what I wanted to do. We would bump into each other and smile shyly but then suddenly I didn’t see her around so much. She was clearly keeping to ground, involved in her new standing as college newspaper … Read More »

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The Incident in the Sitting Room

I was singing in my head ‘It’s got to be perfect’. The record was playing Eternal Flame. It was jumping. It wasn’t perfect. I picked up the record and broke it.

I looked for my wallet. It wasn’t there and I rang the police saying that there had been a burglary within my flat. Half an hour later three policemen arrived and frisked my coat and found the wallet. They looked into my bedroom and there was carnage everywhere, glass and mess. They phoned for more back up and seven more policemen arrived. I just watched unobtrusively not knowing what was … Read More »

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Two Short Poems

Hounded by debt advisors

I had some debts, was helped by DEBT ADVICE…

Now pay so much a month, and that is nice.

But DEBT ADVICE charged more than I could pay,

and told me “Pay in full without delay”.

I needed more advice. I found a mate

who phoned up DEBT ADVICE to make them wait.

 

Just open and eat

(obvious advice on small trays with chunks of fruit in them).

You just open and eat.

Cut-up fruit is a treat.

And no clingfilm can hide

all the fruit chunks inside.

But you must peel, cut, burst

the covering clingfilm first,

for the clingfilm’s no treat.

It’s the fruit, which then you EAT !

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Peter’s Corner: DLA and PIP

A word on personal independence payment, replacing disability living allowance. I was 64, one year too young to be awarded life-long DLA ( which I was ) then simply be transferred to PIP, which would seem only fair.

So I have to re-apply for this new benefit. I feel as if I had been awarded a credit card with a £2,000 credit limit for life then told my card had to be cancelled as a new kind of card had been introduced, and having to apply all over again. Or offered a place at Oxford only to have it withdrawn because … Read More »

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