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TO BE ALONE AT CHRISTMAS By John Lary

To be alone at Christmas is a poor use of your time Nay, worse, it is a crime, to be alone at Christmas   To be alone at Christmas is what I want and plan to do So won’t you … Continue reading

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Xmas eXcess By John Lary

Come, eat your fill until you’re ill, and your stomach’s overloaded Don’t think it rash to splash the cash though your bank account’s exploded Put brandy in the butter, mix whisky up with cream More brandy on your pudding, an … Continue reading

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THE FLOWER SHOP By John Lary

5.30 pm I’m standing across the street from the flower shop. Light sleet stings my skin. I was in the shop a couple of times before; I looked around and then made some small purchases. The second time the lady … Continue reading

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TEARS By John Lary

You spoke disaster all day long Of your life and what’s gone wrong Indulged in all your saddest songs But I chose to ignore it The smile came off your Facebook status You wrote about this sad hiatus Your guardian … Continue reading

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THE BEATING By John Lary

I pass the London Eye every day on my way to or from work. And every day, as I reach the ticket booth for that glorified Ferris wheel, guilt rises again inside me. Because of that time I saw Leonard … Continue reading

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CONFESSION By John Lary

There’s a full English set out before me, but I can’t even look at it. My head is banging and my throat feels like a waste pipe. Coffee – that’s what I need: strong black coffee. And lots of it. … Continue reading

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MISTAKEN IDENTITY By John Lary

Was that a foot upon the stair? It came again, I cried “Who’s there?” No answer came to me T’was darkest night, I took affright, no candle close to give me light Yet still I went to see. I laid … Continue reading

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VISITORS By John Lary

There are two of them. A worried-looking woman with fair hair and a heavily-built policeman. “We are here to help you, Mr. Armitage” says the woman. She smiles unconvincingly and the man nods as if underlining her words. I know … Continue reading

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ALL PRINCES LIVE IN CASTLES By John Lary

All princes live in castles The rich own half of Spain Debutantes jet off to France And jet back home again In sleek dark Lamborghinis Recline the upper classes At five star west end venues They drink from crystal glasses … Continue reading

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TWILIGHT By John Lary

Tomorrow when you wake You will find your garden has been taken If you dare to venture outside You will see no town where a town was before. Cold-hearted fog will have gathered all about him And clutched it all … Continue reading

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