stories and poems.

Wash a poem by Nina Quigley

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WASH When I go downstairs you’re standing at the sink wrestling an unruly yellow plastic basin that keeps bobbing up, sticking it’s face over the neatly dumped, sausage-like, foetus-like twists of wrung-out clothes on the stainless steel draining board that are crowding out the blue china willow pattern mugs tilted, hugging the rim and the […]

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 | Filed under: stories and poems, Writing

Poetry: Love’s Noise by Rizwan Akhtar

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Love’s Noise The riveting sound of a grass aerator spills over the dark passage hypnotic after a chair squeaked through wind outside the man bent frantically levels the weeded patches some are too thick like moments cast by random reaching unaware that interceptions are natural a woodpecker knocked and afterwards the phone burred craving hands […]

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Ghazal: the phone – poem by Rizwan Akhtar

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Ghazal: the phone –for Tammara Claire Pacing up and down you looked so calm holding the phone Aren’t we connected? So, why this fuss about the phone? Eunuchs inside harems giggle running errands for lovers Now they text and delete; amor changed with the phone my ghazals are messages wrapped in all kinds of rhymes […]

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 | Filed under: Poetry, stories and poems, writers

Corona Virus Stew – poem by Leela Soma

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FiveRings at English Wikipedia / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0) Recipe May 2020  Ingredients: Shopping list flour, toilet rolls, food, food, Stock pile, no space, greed, look after number 1 Stay home, save lives, save the NHS Watch TV, social distance at 2 metres, daily update Ventilators, nightingale hospital, PPE Care home deaths, scientists graphs, flatten the […]

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Baked With Love – a poem by Leela Soma

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Baked with Love An eighteenth century recipe handed down with an intriguing tale of passion, incarceration in a tiger’s cage. A bloody vengeful murder of Khani Begum the fair young lover of Aga Bakar by Jainul. Devastated by her death the young master baker Came up with a recipe for Bakharkhani bread, a tribute to […]

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | Filed under: Leela Soma writing and blogging, stories and poems

Three New Poems by Rizwan Akhtar

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Ghazal: in the Rain for Ellen Mansfield What drove you to get yourself wet in the rain Perhaps a project long pending, only in the rain See your body curving & splashing for targets Not me but those slanting arrows in the rain Oh! like a strain the dress stuck to your flesh limbs expressed […]

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | Filed under: stories and poems, Writing

Town Hall Meeting U.S.A. Leela Soma

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Town Hall Meeting I attended  my first Town Hall meeting in USA. As Boris Johnson is creating chaos in the ‘Mother of Parliaments’ I was curious to see how invested our cousins over the pond were in politics, especially in these politically polarised times. Well I was in for a treat. Not a Maga hat […]

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Friday, September 6, 2019 | Filed under: Leela Soma writing and blogging, stories and poems

Two poems by Finola Scott: ‘Garlic’ and ‘Rhubarb’

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(Image: Olga Oginskaya) In the iron-dark shop piled with companions it’s functional mottled  white on white    waiting contained    wrapped in disguise Beneath gauze veils    folded in parchment  it parcels itself cloaks taste    holds secrets a cupped palm’s width of flavour home on my worktop it casts wing-thin skins &   explodes Finola […]

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Thursday, May 16, 2019 | Filed under: stories and poems, Sweet or sharp summer stories and poems, writers

Flowers – poems by Leela Soma

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Jewels of summer A glance from the car at the traffic light My eyes widen at the jewel strewn scene Purple and white crocus, narcissi bright Like amethysts and diamonds that shine. Green grass with moist sun-touched dew Like glitter sparkling, under the bare tree. A north wind whips gusts strong The infant buds defiant, […]

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I Deserve This – a poem for Christmas by Calum Maclean

The talented Glasgow poet Calum Maclean reveals his thoughts on Christmas. I Deserve This I must’ve been the architect of some outrageous larceny, my henchmen thieving priceless jewels delivered to me personally. Presumably, I used that swag to fund an act of treachery, facilitated shady deals, created instability, ensured elections swung my way, indulged in […]

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Some Wintertime Poems by Finola Scott

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Darkening So the Darkness approaches, I could talk of                                    enveloping black                                    the rip and reveal of the veil                                    stripped […]

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Goldie by Pat Byrne

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There’s a small glen not far from our house. On a good day I go up there to read my paper. It’s quiet in the mornings apart from the odd person out walking their dog. Sometimes I sit for a while and watch the rabbits or maybe a fox – there tends to be more […]

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018 | Filed under: Seasonal Stories and Poems by Glasgow Writers, stories and poems

Reading Palms by Stephen Watt

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Reading Palms As child, I conceptualised trolls beneath where the tolls were stationed, swiping seaweed-sticky fingers at cars commuting from Erskine, dragging all inside to the bottom of the Clyde then gorging on their bones. Such a little monster’s vision. Growing, the creatures faded leaving the bridge to sketch an impression on my young mind. […]

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Sunday, October 28, 2018 | Filed under: stories and poems

Poetry: Lahore, I am coming by Rizwan Akhtar

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Rizwan Akhtar works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan. He completed his PhD in postcolonial literature from the University of Essex. His poetry has been published in the the UK and countries throughout the world including:   Canada, India, New Zealand and U.S.A. Poems from Rizwan Akhtar’s first collection ‘Lahore, […]

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Monday, October 22, 2018 | Filed under: Poetry, stories and poems

Autumn Makes Me Sad by Muriel Baker

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Autumn Makes Me Sad   Seasonally Associated Disorder Referred to as SAD by those who think they know, that a little lack of sunshine makes us feel like forty degrees below. It’s a chemical imbalance. Think of hibernating mammals. We have the same inclination. So until the clocks change to longer days. It will be my […]

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Filed under: Seasonal Stories and Poems by Glasgow Writers, stories and poems

Three Haibun by Robin Lloyd-Jones

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Autumn Trail I walk a narrow track under miles of beech and oak. Strands of gold and red flare like forest fires amongst the greens. Bark steams when touched by the long-fingered sun. But the sky is darkening.      Canyons, cliffs, mossed walls      Submerged in wooded gloom      Fathoms from the […]

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Friday, September 21, 2018 | Filed under: stories and poems, Writing

The Indian Shawl a poem by Muriel Baker

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Exotic birds of fantasy from the dyers vats of colour tamed by the hand of the weaver. Creatures from the imagination unreal and like no other. The silk worms die in boiling vats. The plants give up their colour to make a scarf, a shawl, a wrap for someone else’s mother. I hope the skill […]

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 | Filed under: stories and poems

Plum Stone Throat a poem by Jenne Gray

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(For Helen X, c 1910-1967, who died of throat cancer) In Chinese medicine plum stone throat describes the feeling of a plum stone stuck at the top of the back of the throat. It is associated with stagnation of liver energy (liver chi). The liver is said to control the flow of emotions. Plum stone […]

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Autumn Visit to USA by Leela Soma

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Fall in Washington DC As my friends in Glasgow are getting into their Autumn woolies, here in the Fall in DC it is still 90 degrees during the day and humid. Shorts and flimsy tops are de riguer. My summer has been extended by a few more weeks and I am relishing it, in air […]

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Friday, September 14, 2018 | Filed under: Leela Soma writing and blogging, stories and poems

Lochwinnoch – a poem by Lindsey Stewart

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Lochwinnoch Yachts sit silently on still water Soft white sails await life giving breeze Crew sit idly, breathing slowly Waves lap gently at the hull Seagulls circle overhead, beaks wide Screeching mockingly into stillness. Small child crouches by the water Finger points towards the reeds Jackdaw lands, tilts head in recognition Its yellow eye staring […]

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Saturday, September 8, 2018 | Filed under: stories and poems

Living in Shoes – poem by Gail Winters

Living in Shoes New shoes, true shoes, even Clarks’ school shoes, wedges, sometimes no shoes, clean shoes, smelly shoes, fading away at the seams shoes, travelling shoes, fashionable shoes, kicking in the goal shoes, losing the sole shoes whilst singing the blues shoes, making your dreams come true shoes, safe shoes, dangerous shoes, mind the […]

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The Big Chair – Autumn Voices – Robin Lloyd-Jones

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Robin Lloyd-Jones And what a big chair it was! Robin Lloyd-Jones looked like a pixie – size wise that is! Loved the concept of the Big Chair. Looking at six photographs selected from your life would really tax anyone methinks. Probably reveal a side of you never before realised. Robin started with a photo of […]

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Corn Dollies by Mary Irvine

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Corn Dollies ‘Corn dollies, made from the last sheaf of corn, go back thousands of years.‘ Dressed in Edwardian attire, complete with straw boater I was attending a Mayday celebration. I watched a man working straw into intricate designs. He smiled, ‘I know just what your hat needs.’ Taking a long piece of straw, heads intact, […]

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Thursday, August 30, 2018 | Filed under: Poems and Stories for Autumn, stories and poems

Chinese Autumn by Mary Irvine

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‘Ancient Chinese philosophy says humans should live in harmony with the natural cycles of their environment.’ A preparation for winter, a time to reflect and organize your life, a time to pay attention to the lungs and large intestine, for they deal with the process of purification and elimination. The lungs take in oxygen. We […]

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Leela Soma: ‘Vermillion’ a poem for Autumn

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‘Autumn’ in the broadest sense. It is how Indian widows had to undergo a ritual  in olden days to give up all their ornaments, even the red dot on their forehead wear only white. Life stopped if their husbands passed away. Vermillion Leaves fall down, blown away in the autumnal blitz Gold strewn paths crunch and crackle underfoot A […]

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Sunday, August 26, 2018 | Filed under: Poems and Stories for Autumn, Poetry, stories and poems, writers

Mary Irvine’s Blog: A Sad Day – Murder of Martin Luther King Jr

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A Sad Day Fifty years ago, on April 4th 1968, Martin Luther King Jr was murdered  on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee. For MLK I am afraid of them They’re black I am afraid of them They’re foreign I am afraid of them They’re disfigured I am afraid of them They’re crippled […]

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | Filed under: Mary Irvine: Writer and Philhellene, stories and poems

Home Grown In Glasgow – a poem for International Women’s Day by Ruby McCann

Home Grown In Glasgow I am woman  a sister of Glasgow a pale skinned, freckled-faced Scot a she-child fae the sou’ side a native Glaswegian Mither Glasgow shaped me   I am a child of many born into this city I am Pict, I am Celt I am Irish, Scottish, and Glaswegian a city born, […]

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | Filed under: Poetry, stories and poems, Writing

Love Stories by Glasgow Writers. Sticky Love by Pauline Lynch

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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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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | Filed under: Love Poems, Stories and Tales from Glasgow writers, stories and poems

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