Sirens and Birdsong – Kristiana Reed

These are the sounds of home alongside the hum of traffic and the creak of my bones. Long walks bring both to my ears and balance death and life on a scale. The mating calls atop telegraph poles and the drone of blue and red warning lights tell me stories which all end in the …

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Home – John W. Leys

Where the heart is Where the soul is Where you are Where the tree was planted And still grows.   Where you can never go back to Where you are always welcome Where everything feels familiar No matter how much it’s changed   Where the past is present And the future is born, And no …

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Hen Abertawe Da (Good Ole Swansea) – The Mush from the Hill

Old craggy rocks sit on sandy beaches With dirt tracks trudged and shaped over time Or steps of symmetrical concrete provide easy access Leading up to hills and cliff tops of grass and wild flowers Surrounding a city, famously named after a raiding Viking King Or so legend says   There’s a football team, a …

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Votre Cœur – Lois E. Linkins

My stupid heart Liked the meals at half-past six; red wine, raspberry cordial, sparkling water. The old paper birthday-bunting worked for Christmas And the toasted sourdough held its scrambled eggs Like a raft for royals – yellow as mustard, sprinkled with salt. Salt and pepper shakers, smooth as eggs, The old piano, the creaky step; …

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