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"A writer is an introvert: someone who wants to tell you a story but doesn't want to have to make eye contact while doing it." - Adapted from John Green

Ticket to Write – 54

Ripples on the Pond Happy New Year’s Eve, y’all. Go listen to this song, it’s your last chance to enjoy the full irony. Especially if you live in Florida. Last poem for the year – written on a long, long, … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 53

Thoughts in a Double Creaming Soda Title is a deliberate riff on the first chapter title of Goldfinger. Written in a McDonalds, in a half-hour I had free between the end of work and the beginning of the last [name of … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 52

Personal Instructions On the notes section of a leaflet from whatever the local NHS is called, detailing how to look after oneself after a head injury. ‘Don’t play violent sports’ was, unfortunately, right up there. 

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Ticket to Write – 51

Strangers Merry Christmas, y’all! The last of these (for 2017) will come through on Hogmanay. Then likely nothing until the university semester starts back in early March and I’m taking a bus again.

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…twelve gummy bears, two bad puns, one grumpy owl, and a partridge in a pear tree

So my little sister is basically Mary Berry transplanted, y’all: awepic baker, hand her a recipe book and she’s away in a gust of flour kinda thing. And she’s a total Christmas fiend, loves all things fairy lights and glitter. … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 50

Crashing Bore Title courtesy of my mother. Written on the back of a prescription for ibuprofen and paracetamol, after a very exciting afternoon in which my little sister got to play with the equipment in a brand-new ambulance. (Got hit by … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 49

The Hollow Lion On the wrapper from a sterile nitrocellulose filter paper. Found in my pocket on graduation day (December 13th) and put to use. The goodness of the use I leave you to judge.

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Ticket to Write – 48

Ubi Mel Ibi Apes ‘Where there is honey, there are bees.’  It’s relevant, but I’m not going to tell you why. My current job is over a kilometer from the nearest bus stop, but only five kilometers from home. Evey … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 47

‘You Can’t Take Norman to Scotland, Darling; Norman’s a Breezeblock’ Title is an actually relevant reference to What We Did On Our Holiday, which is an excellent movie you should definitely watch. Written at the end of a long day at work, after … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 46

The Teal Heels

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Ticket to Write – 45

Beautiful I wasn’t sure whether I should put this one in. It took me by surprise a little; while I usually do write what I’m thinking, I hadn’t realized this was quite so close to the surface. But it’s here, … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 44

The Wings of the Storm

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Ticket to Write – 43

And the Angel Said There Shall Be Time No Longer Paraphrase of Revelation 10:6 as the title; I was reading Tom’s Midnight Garden a few days previously and apparently remembered the phrasing from that. Written while taking the bus to university for … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 42

By Hand I like this one. There’s a note on the back that says ‘Should probably have mentioned handwriting as unique and recognizable as faces, but telling as little about a person’. These poems very rarely go the direction I … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 41

Strange Routes They were changing all the buses in town. The seedy bus company with the horrible rattling machines and grumpy drivers has taken over my main route home. I was annoyed.

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Ticket to Write – 40

Aragorn Drowning Bad day, couldn’t really think about anything else.

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Ticket to Write – 39

One Size Fits All I’m not a huge fan of this one, it didn’t really turn out like I’d planned (not a huge fan of the next two either) but what the heck, I said I’d put them all in, … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 38

*Not to Scale

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Ticket to Write – 37

Electronica Lullaby

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Ticket to Write – 36

Great Gain

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Ticket to Write – 35

Ducks ‘Fred’ is an apparently apocryphal molecule (does not exist on Merck Index) created at MIT, whose real name was so long his designer gave him a better one. I’ve been referring to a very nice triphenylphosphine gold complex as Judy for … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 34

In Search of Melancholy For Max, who asked.

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Ticket to Write – 33

Sirens of Titan Because when you love a particular place (a house, a street, a town, a country), and hate it, and can’t wait to leave, and can’t imagine living anywhere else, in equal proportions and in random flashes throughout … Continue reading

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Liebster Award

Cheers to Jewel over at TwoRoadsDiverged for the tag. And for saying a lot of very nice things about me. I blushed. Being told nice things by people who write amazing trippy poetry and stories and – ahem – actually post regularly – … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 32

Talking to Myself I dissociate sometimes to get more done. Let this Rosalie throw herself wholeheartedly into something while that Rosalie watches to pick up the mistakes; leave one in the lab carefully measuring water into jars while another wanders … Continue reading

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