Category Archives: Life and stuff

Ma Belle Voisine

Not a poem this week, just a true story. I wrote this piece almost a year ago. This seems like the right time to publish it. Click here to hear it: Ma Belle Voisine Every now and again we meet … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson Live!

AnElephantCant claim to be the biggest fan Of this undoubtedly talented lil dude who moon-walked and twirled But between he and you He agrees that it is true We are the children and we are the world Michael Jackson Live! … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Mr Burns

AnElephantCant write poetry like Rabbie But then of course nobody can It is almost a crime To pen this silly rhyme As a tribute to an exceptional man January 25th is the birthday of Scotland’s National Bard, the much-loved Robert … Continue reading

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Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie Yesterday – Saturday – in Medville, there was a tribute to Charlie Hebdo. Events like this took place in cities, towns and villages across France and, I am sure, much further afield. There will be more today. … Continue reading

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Man’s Inhumanity to Man Makes Countless Thousands Mourn*

I have seen them in many parts of the world. From Scotland to Canada and the USA. From France to Australia. Each one rips at my soul. But the saddest thing about War Memorials, strangely enough, is not the heart-breaking … Continue reading

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No Question

No Question I have a friend, a lady I have known for over 30 years. I love her dearly, like a sister. She is intelligent and articulate. She is easily among the top ten most caring, compassionate people I know. … Continue reading

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15th August 1944

15th August 1944 The little town is empty, not a soul to be seen. Le Maquis, the French Resistance movement, pass the word to the villagers and the remaining families withdraw into the foothills of the Maures. In the morning … Continue reading

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