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MY LITTLE RUNAWAY

A couple of years ago Francine Samuel asked me to contribute towards a scheme highlighting the plight of abused children in the USA. Here is my humble poem, which was inspired by the song 'Runaway' from the fantastic band Dakota. I sincerely hope that you like it. MY LITTLE RUNAWAY Where are you going to my little runaway? There’s only pain today. Is it true you are lost my precious runaway? Just hunger pangs today. There’s no one at home who understands you. So how will you cope in the cold and the dark? Your world so empty. Your life so sad. There are no answers little runaway. Where will you be sleeping tonight? There are no sympathies precious runaway. So how will you feel tonight? But m

CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS

CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS 1. Yesterday is definitely gone and tomorrow never comes. So why not start at Christmas time and have a great today, and every single day for the rest of your life? 2. If you have Christmas in your heart you’ll put Christmas in the air 3. Christmas Day can hold all time together, when you’ve with your family. 4. It is the one season when we can put away our fears, rekindle our childhood and have FUN! 5. Nothing shouts Christmas like a big turkey. 6. Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and their parents pay for it. 7. At the Christmas party, you might get away with naked photos from the photocopier, but the shredder? 8. If Christmas didn’t exist, the b

IS BELIEF ENOUGH?

IS BELIEF ENOUGH? My sleep pattern had drifted like a wave on an open sea. Awake, semi-comatose, asleep, they all merged into one long night of indolent intent. I knew Father Christmas would visit for he had never failed me over the last three decades. Others of my age had long ago forgotten the magic of Christmas, but not I. Maybe I had been chosen as one of the few to actually see the silver haired man over the decades, or perhaps my intense curiosity had endeared him to me. Whatever it was, I eagerly awaited his usual visit on the night before Christmas. I saw a swirl of mist first, felt coolness in the air, and the room shimmered like an astral body. He materialised before me, his red ri

WHO'S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR?

WHO'S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR? Hanging up the advent calendar, I paused. Was that a Christmas song? I opened the front door. The first teenager held up a boom-box. “Jingle bells, Jingle Bells,” “Stop! What carols do you know?” “Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way.” “That’s not a carol.” The second rattled a tin. I took in their Timberland jackets and phones. Both held the latest iPhone 6s to one ear. Holding my old battered Samsung in front of them, I saw bemusement as they compared it with their space age technology. I shut the door. Charity begins at home boys. Merry Christmas.

CHRISTMAS RUSH FOR SANTA

CHRISTMAS RUSH FOR SANTA The old chair rocked back and forth. With his long white beard, red coloured tunic and trousers, the old one frowned. There was so much to do in so short a time. And as usual the elves had decided to play games. The toy factory stood idle, yet the magic sparkled everywhere. I love my elves, but how can I get them back to work? Father Christmas thought. “Yes! That’s it!” he shouted. “No work, means, no Rudolph rides, and I wouldn’t want to clean out his stable. You know how smelly it gets when he has to stay inside.”

LIFE IS TOUGH FOR AUTHORS

So there is no reason why authors should not help each other. Find your friends, boost their profile, like their pages, share their books, even ask them how you can help. All of us can add something to another author's life. Lets share and do this folks because every single author can benefit and what goes around comes around. Let the magic roll.

Hilsea Tree Dressing Ceremony

CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WINDS Portsmouth Writers’ Hub - presents Christmas Storytelling Hour at Tree Dressing Day Saturday 5th December 2015 Readings start at 11am Come and join me This family friendly event will see your own Portsmouth writers joining in the festivities to tell their Christmas & tree inspired tales or reading their favourite wintery fairytales. Writers include: Vaughan Capstick "The Rosebud and the Dragonfly" Charlotte Comley "The Ghost of Christmas Eve" Abigail Comley "TBC" Zoe Du "TBC" Rick Haynes "Will Christmas Be Cancelled This Year?" Tessa Ditner "Mink" The day will go as follows: 10.30am Bluebird Storytelling 11am-12pm Portsmouth Writers' Hub Storytelling 12pm Pixiepho

CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS DECEMBER 2015

The first fourteen days - with more to come. 1. Yesterday is definitely gone and tomorrow never comes. So why not start at Christmas time and have a great today, and every single day for the rest of your life? 2. If you have Christmas in your heart you’ll put Christmas in the air 3. Christmas Day can hold all time together, when you’ve with your family. 4. It is the one season when we can put away our fears, rekindle our childhood and have FUN! 5. Nothing shouts Christmas like a big turkey. 6. Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and their parents pay for it. 7. At the Christmas party, you might get away with naked photos from the photocopier, but the shredder? 8. If Chr

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