Why would a lover leave?

Just a thought I had this morning.


The emotion of close, touching flesh,
heat exchanged through moist breath
Why would a lover leave?
From your arms they reluctantly heave
Despite attentions where you tease and smear
duty calls.

Far outside these comfortable walls
Waitrose creed is soon spent
M&S food halls have catered
How can penetration compete?

Alone now, the passions of copulation retreat
and you lay curled in the half-filled bed
running the events back excitedly in your head
and reluctantly you react again,
will your true desire be fully fed?

Despite what you think,
reality joins you at the sink knowing,
They’ll be back.lover

The New Friend

Another in the ’99 word’ series; I hope this hasn’t happened to you.


The new friend was sure to arrive on time despite the vagaries of train timetables.

Although no agenda had been agreed other than meals and a comfortable bed, a half formed plan had always lurked in the shadows of his expectant even hopeful mind.

The meal was prepared, a bottle of wine chilling nicely, the bed turned down, the time ticked on.

The morning bought relaxed birdsong and a comfortable feeling, getting milk for cereal, the wine jangled in the fridge door, the cling film covering the salad bowel glinted and speciality bread was used for toast….

for one.The New Friend

The Caller

This is the first of a number of pieces I have written in 99 words, an idea I have unashamedly cribbed from another well know blog, but then what is truly  new…. perhaps just different and I hope you enjoy them from time to time.


The tapping passed into reality and he came face to face with the swan’s black and orange beak beyond the boat’s glass where the water level gave level eye contact with the milky white creature.

Recognising the sideways nod, the man slid off the bunk and padded to the rear doors, still stiffly aroused.

Drawn not to the water but the shadowy towpath, the luminescent but unmistakable outline stretched its long neck tall as it transformed into a more familiar slim shape, a wide wing melted into an arm, a slender finger called them both back into the dream.The Caller

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