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A Genuine Mistake

Everyone is faking it in this dark comedy.

Except Jude – art expert and Patron Saint of Lost Causes. Brothers Tom and Dan are both in love with Maddie – a doctor with a nasty habit. When Dan accidentally frighthens a priest to death, the brothers are blackmailed by Harry Baxter, a local villain into stealing a Dali masterpiece.

23 years later Sal, an LA comic is given the deeds to the Orange Club in Camden, London by his mother Maddie. All roads lead to Barcelona and a bloody showdown in the rain. Will Sal find the Dali and his estranged Father and save the Orange ? It’s up to Jude really.

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Lockdown 28 – Poetry Book for Charity

Some cried – some laughed – some got inspired

When Covid 19 hit New Zealand, the country was forced into lockdown. What to do ? I challenged myself to write a poem a day for 28 days. The idea was to raise funds for those worst effected and to cheer people up by giving them something to look forward to. All proceeds to the Salvation Army.

Day 2…..

I hope she makes it
I say out loud to my dog
as the ferry drifts away across the Strait

The girl at the check out
just wants to eat a pie
and sleep
hug her Mum
before the rules change
and her bubble bursts

As we scramble
for the last of the wine and flour
she begins to cry
leaving the front line
and clutching her minimum wage
for the darkest of hours

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33 – Poems

Love, regret & dirty laundry – miles away from home.

From “Barossa.” 2002

Long and dusty with a mysterious air
she swaggers through the grapes
hair following immersed in smoke
fuming from the cheek of the man

Sipping from a glass
taken like a hasty photograph
a right laugh in the face of someone negative
busy playing true and loyal only to herself

Ripe and plucked from life
squashed by man machine and hasty assumptions that she was ready
and willing for anything that goes blindly
into the arms of a monster
………

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Pretty Real – Poems

The learned confidence to tell all the users, abusers and bullshit artists to just fuck off. Not so much abstract madness as a kind of jazz poetry.

From “Bathhouse” 2018

Not so much cloaked
more of a jacket really
military style
although standing quite casually
in the Bathhouse

She’s oblivious to the curious stairs
taking single handed shots of the view
through the grubby window prints
from the lunchtime children
debris from startled ducks

With any luck
she’ll turn around
pleased with her art

She taps the table with her stick
smiling at nothing obvious
nothing visible in her dark world of beauty
through eyes that see
only what she wants to

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