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The deadliest blow

Death has many ways to beat our defences…

I cling to speeding, spinning cones of leadThat pierce the air and armour, skin and bone;Once deep inside, I ditch my deathly rideAnd spread destruction, quell life's fragile wick.I cleave to sharpened shards of stainless steelThat separate the livin…

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Capo d'astra

A mysterious object bought from a tabletop sale forms a telephone line to enlightenment…

Capodastra: A small movable bar placed across the fingerboard of a guitar or similar instrument so as to raise the pitch of all the strings uniformly. If a thing can call, then it called. Or maybe he just happened to be standing in the right place r…

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Conkers

Two brothers fall for the same girl and their tussle for her echoes down the centuries.…

The brothers had walked many miles, most of them in silence. But for a circling cawing crow, the sky was clear, the air crisp and clean. Green, rolling hills latticed by┬ádry-stonewalls had suddenly turned to a wilderness of golden bracken, bilberry a…

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Lullaby

A lullaby is sung to a baby. As the child grows he begins to appreciate its meaning and power.…

The click of the light switch focussed his attention and he bobbed back to the surface of consciousness. Soft, retreating footfalls. A whispered kiss. The baby opened his eyes. A gentle glow illuminated the room to his left and his gaze, seeking comf…

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