Missing by Jeremy Page

MISSING Suddenly I am the star of every parent's nightmare. Shoppers, shelf stackers, my other children are all extras, walk-on parts, but the other leading players have gone missing from the set. The panic is all mine. Someone, somewhere in…

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Hope Hope’s not quite as it seems; it’s slimmer than you’d think and less steady on its feet Sometimes, it’s out of breath can hardly see ahead and cries itself to sleep It may not tell you all this or…

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Animal Oscars by Neil Fleming

Animal Oscars The Ocean turtle Does not hurtle. Tortoises Are similarly unlike vortices. And while the sloth Frankly surpasses both, It is the sponge, Not noted for its lightning lunge, (The absence of a brain a happy bonus) Which captures…

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Time Out by Jeremy Page

TIME OUT Buzzards perform with mathematical precision overhead. Fighter planes rehearse below. And, somewhere else, two children have walked away to nowhere, following who knows what pied piper. On my desk, with its view of Green Park, a phone rings…

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Pets by Neil Fleming

Pets The children called them Mistral, Fluffy, And the smallest one was Lizzy Beth. All three independently however in the radar of their furious skulls, While they waited for birds and squirrels to slip up, Named themselves, as they all…

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Flirter

flirter

This word interested me because, according to a Vietnamese logophile whom I met, the word is actually a French import from English. This is unusual in itself, but what's more interesting is that the English word itself was an import…

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Osier

Osier

What does the word 'osier' mean? I came across this word in an anthology of contemporary American poetry. Osiery means objects made from the twigs of willows, and osiers are any willows whose twigs are used in the making of…

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