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Wagtails

November 30, 2013

I see a pair of wagtails
silver        and black
heads and tails bobbing
running           darting
dancing
on the patio

in a sudden breath of November
you are behind me
your tweed jacket rough
under my young fingers
that faint smell of tobacco

and the room
silver tray on the wall
      50 years of practice
oak sideboard        solid
crammed tableware papers
black and white photos
jostling
spilling
out of the doors

we are all there

laughing

Wee Mister Wagtail hopping on a rock,
Daddy says your pretty tail is like a goblin’s clock.

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November 1918

November 5, 2010

Armistice.
A strange, uneasy
Shift in reality.
Silence.

The ragged, weary, dog end
Days of war
Falter,
Slip away,
Drift
Into bewilderment.
Silence.

Armistice.
Bells peal,
The strident sound fades
Into silence.

Ghosts of war
Stalk this ravaged wasteland,
Seize shredded minds,
Haunt the cursed unborn.
Frozen and numb
The living blunder on
In silence.

In memory of Tommy Kelly, aged 19, killed in action on 5th November 1918 near Arras, France. His parents Tom and Annie Kelly had already celebrated Armistice when news of his death arrived.