No mercy dear Elizabeth and a Leonard Cohen song.


  No mercy dear Elizabeth

She found me alone by the St Clair lake and she wore a silky red dress. I saw her from a distance and I watched her walk quickly toward me. I was alone with my Jack London and Dryden book, writing by beloved  Lake St. Clair. I rose-up and she embraced me tightly and she whispered. Johnnie, Did you forget me? Did I disappear from your memory and your thoughts?

I embraced her tightly and I told her. I have never forgotten you. You stole my wish and dream many moons ago. I have wished daily to kiss your lips and taste your skin daily. My deadly silence prayers I do alone to the Lake St. Clair. I have wished often for seconds, hours and days to be in your eyes. My heart is empty without you and my pen is silence. I pray to…

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The black night and the shadow dance.


The black night and the shadow dance

A long time ago in the late night hours of Tubingen, Germany. You and I were wild and free. The yearly Summer festival was alive and well. We were drunk on love and we were drunk on the sweet Summer sweet red wine.

You were my ambrosia. Perfect hazel eyes, long tan legs and your danced to the faraway song like a tempting siren. Who wanted everything and who wanted nothing.

I told you my dear lover.
“The black night is here and the shadows of the night are upon us.
We are drunk on our youth and please kiss me sweetly, please kiss me long.
The black night tell no secrets and
I love to watch you dance to the faraway song.
You make the shadows of the midnight hour.
Come alive and make my world sweeter and darker.
You are my…

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Bashful – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

flashlight batteries - Ali Grimshaw

a slight alteration
not a full smile
where teeth reveal themselves

just a curled corner of lips lift
your cheek rising upward
winking your eye

those unfamiliar to your face
wouldn't notice the half-smirk
so quickly retreating behind
the coffee mug

 but I saw it as real as sunrise
 and I don't need more
 to know you felt
 joy today

© Ali Grimshaw 2021

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Thursday Photo Prompt – Never to Return

Relax, It's all Write

Each week, a photograph will be posted along with a prompt word.

Today’s word: Returning

Use the image (cover photo) and prompt as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, as long as it is fairly family-friendly.

Please LINK BACK to the original post by leaving the URL of your post in the comments so Sue knows you have posted, and others can find your work,

My Submission:

It had been far too long. Surely, his family assumed he’d died as they hadn’t heard hair nor hide for almost three years. When the plane went down, the wreckage wasn’t discovered for months, and the bodies were burned beyond recognition. But, he survived.

When he finally arrived home, he stood from afar, watching his wife with her new husband, and his children were thriving.

He debated whether to…

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