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‘Love’ a story by Maggie Reeve

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LOVE She appeared at more or less the same time every morning. It was so regular I wondered if she set her alarm as a reminder to feed the birds. And she always wore one of her colourful hats. I used to watch her through the window as I drank my morning coffee. The villagers […]

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Past Love in the Museum of Transport – poetry by Ciara MacLaverty

Past Love in the Museum of Transport   Where’s Daddy? I say, holding your son in my arms, inhaling the baby scent of his head. You’re up on the steam engine with your other son pointing, waving down at us.   You still look good and I can hold your gaze without fear of loss […]

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Summering by Nina Quigley

A Summer Poem by Nina Quigley SUMMERING 26/7/14 Rain creeps quietlyinto my consciousnessfrom the open windowas I waken to a soft dayafter several torrid days of heat. For once in Irelandthe hot sand burned our feet,and we had to hop sharpishdown to the water,to spend languid periodsof uncharted timeswanning about in the salton body boards,being […]

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Summer Reality – two poems by Brian Whittingham

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Hi Ho Hi Ho Trident’s Got To Go and The Boys of The Somme HI HO HI HO, TRIDENT’S GOT TO GO by Brian Whittingham On YouTube a 60’s newsreel. A black and white Dunoon. A smartly dressed Ban the Bomber waves a To Hell with Polaris  placard reminding us that H stands for Hiroshima […]

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Poetry by Mr Henry Bell

Henry Bell is 52. He lives in Glasgow’s East End and has been writing poetry for a few years. You can read some of his work here:   Sky light The  mother  earths  my  homeCos  iv  no  where  else  to  goShut  down  the  hostelsNow  iv no  where   to goGot no money for a  B and […]

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Would You have saved me? A poem In memory of Aylan Kurdi and family by Karrieanne McCafferty

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In memory of Aylan and family  by Karrieanne McCafferty Karrieanne McCafferty was inspired to write this poem after seeing the horrific images of Aylan, the little boy, whose body was carried from the beach when his family was attempting to flee war torn Syria. ‘It struck me that it took such tragic images, highlighting the […]

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The American Dream? – poem by Leela Soma

Tribes that stayed true to nature, Cherokee, ApacheSioux overpowered decimated and sent to reservationsThe red of their veins in the soil of the nation The blue of the settler’s eyes reflected in the skyThe white of foaming rivers trailing in the shipsOf enslaved men, women and children from Africa They built this nation forged in red, white […]

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Excerpts from Chris Dolan’s Potter’s Field and Aliyyah

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ALIYYAH – an excerpt Once Haldane woke everything was white. White ceiling, white walls, a white door open just enough to reveal a white corridor beyond. He moved his head and felt a murmur of pain somewhere. On the far wall the white was finally broken by an open window looking out on to a […]

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THE ADVENTURES OF ANIE AND BOOGIE: TWO UNCONVENTIONAL FRIENDS AT THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET

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A story by Pamela Blanchetti You need to come because you are growing up and to grow up you have to see the world-     The sun was shining and the international market had just opened. It was pretty early, it was so nice. Anie felt very awake in the morning – she was not a […]

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Melting Pot – a poem by Leela Soma

Baltimore, Ferguson and other police brutality makes the headlines, but in Buffalo, NY they see it differently. Melting Pot The colours of the mosaic glimmer in the sun Blue pieces against the bright reds and oranges, A tiled beauty that catches the eye, to look again The platter enhances the tasty food on offer A […]

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Two Cities – a poem by Leela Soma

Buffalo NY and Glasgow, so much in common.  Tartan & Turmeric Two cities The two could be twinned, history so familiar Niagara River, and Erie Canal made this city As grain silos rose up in the sky, men worked hard To get the grain ashore, milled and built steel. The city of light, the Niagara […]

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Love Stories by Glasgow Writers. Sticky Love by Pauline Lynch

Sticky Love by Pauline Lynch No denying it, times were rough. Sadie was only seven, with limited life experience, but even she knew times were rough. Last night, someone had knocked on their door asking to borrow dog food. It was late and she was meant to be asleep, but she’d heard the knock, and […]

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Ayah a poem by Leela Soma

Ayah My child eye watches,Ayah’s Rangoli patterns bright, on the newly washed verandaThe dots threaded together like pearls of life’s experienceCultural traditions handed down in perfect symmetryThe opalescent sky shimmers anewA visual joy starts the day. My child ear hears,Her quiet, broken piece by pieceThe coffee machine, grinds beans, the aroma rich.Golden sun beats down noon […]

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A Poem for Spring: Chaos by Helen Frudd

Chaos What if I prefer the idea of being here without a god   that the right conditions met in the dark and went bang   and no deity but pure chance created me and everything else.   Call it science, luck or magic the point is with no design or plan   all this […]

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Beaches, a sonnet by Linda Jackson: Poems and Stories of Love: Glasgow Writers

The Beaches   (Linda Jackson)   Waving glass on the surface of eyes Myopia does add qualities             Like immediacy, no perspective. The Bay of Findhorn in winter light curves up onto my lens and the near sky.   There is only a vague division An Impressionist suggestion of separation Low sheen blues and high […]

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Stories of Love and Love Poems: No Dust Settles by Paul McCafferty

No Dust Settles by Paul McCafferty No dust settles on that place.The old place,the new one.Though trees have stretched and grass has grown around flowers openedto the sun. No other feet have walked there.Often I hear the song of wee birds that tweetabout our ancient home.I have seen so many cities come and go. Sudden […]

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