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Farewell and thanks

The Open Mouse has now closed. After twenty years of posting poems, mostly twice weekly, the time has come for me to say thank you to all the poets who have sent me submissions over the years. Your work has … Continue reading

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Terrence Sykes

CLUTCHING we gathered in abandon wild poppies queen anne’s lace along that old dirt road arranged them in an old porcelain pitcher handle broken off before we owned it Copyright © Terrence Sykes 2018

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Gerard Rochford

Jesus Turns In His Grave ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28.’ ……. Behind the altar there is a scar on the wall, a bricked up entrance revealed … Continue reading

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Clive Donovan

CARROTS She sidles up beside me At the vegetable section. They are washed, naked, smooth and ripe. I am choosing what I like – Not too long, not too stubby, Certainly not broken. Some are very long indeed, Difficult to … Continue reading

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Eileen Murphy: Two poems

Dog Tags there was the grave my sis and i had to dig in the yard & then i had to find music that didn’t make me cry so hard i caused an accident on my drive to work the … Continue reading

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Emma Guinness

Bird House Wrinkled faces behind glass windows. Ours are always open. I see her. Her crystal blue eyes. She can’t fly away. White hair, gold earrings. I wonder if she has a name. Yellow cup, sippy lid, But she’s not … Continue reading

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Dora Wright

Baked to Perfection His hands leave a trace of flour where he touches me, my face, my neck, my shoulders later I shall look at them and remember how skilful he was a master of his craft On the floor … Continue reading

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