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THE BEARDED LADY

I see a bearded lady

sitting in a cage

long locked up

and gone into a rage

stewing in her juices

pickled like an egg

eating nothing

cos she won’t beg

AUTUMN WISHES

ready for love

by the middle of November

season to get cosy

with the opposite gender

smooth as chocolate

fruits of the land

the two of us together

in the palm of my hand

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LEORA’S DRAGON

he grew from the dust

bones of arthritic twist

born naked of flesh

lay awaiting her kiss

BIBA HIDES HER LIGHT

the hands of the clock keep turning

but Biba’s fate is signed

for the light, it knows the darkness

of a life lived chasing time

SHADOW LOVER

wild cat wants

to pounce and bite

tiger’s got big appetite

WASTED

I am the bullet in your foot

the treacle in your veins

the acid stew in your stomach

INVISIBLE

the dragging down

the drowning under

the folds of flesh

the weight of the pyramids

the sorry skin

the heavy heels, digging in

 

SCAREDY CAT

forever trapped by anxiety

at the fringes of furry four-legged society

PENELOPE PLANNER

be the man with the plan

plan like a man

man a plan

 

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