Category Archives: Poetry

Dancing with the Daffodils

Many years ago, before I fell ill, I lived near a college in the centre of town. The campus was built at the top of a hill and the main road ran along the bottom. Between the two was a steep, … Continue reading

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Ghost Writer

I am a Ghost. I inhabit the same space as you but I am not really here. I am irrelevant. You are oblivious to my presence; I am less valid than you and therefore easy to dismiss as unimportant. You … Continue reading

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The Darkness will not be Dark

O LORD, you have searched me and you know me even now I no longer recognise myself. You know when I sit and when I rise and when I am too tired and weak to manage either; you perceive my … Continue reading

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Dear Sceptic

You call me a liar, a fraud. You claim malingerers like me represent everything that’s wrong with society; the reason the Empire fell. You resent your hard-earned tax supporting my life of leisure while you can barely afford to take … Continue reading

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A Spot of Light Relief

Today’s post has been specifically requested by a reader in response to my concern that a blog about chronic illness might get depressing. Eighteen months after becoming bedridden I woke one morning with a rhyme in my head: the policeman chased … Continue reading

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Dead Men Don’t Snore

At the time of my diagnosis, I was working part-time for a children’s after school club. In order to calm the kids down after playing sports it was standard practice to end sessions in the sports’ hall with a game … Continue reading

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