A Stash Of Flashes – Launched Today


Launching the Worcestershire LitFest Flash Fiction Anthology for 2015.

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An utterly fabulous event launching the Worcestershire LitFest Flash Fiction Anthology for 2015. Flash writers who entered the competition read their work in a most enjoyable afternoon at Drummonds, The Swan With Two Nicks. This was the fourth Flash Fiction competition for the LitFest and it goes from strength to strength. Many, many thanks to all who contributed, it was the culmination of many months of work for the writers, the organisers and the judges.

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Now you can order your own copy of the anthology ‘A Stash Of Flashes’ directly from Black Pear Press, see below.

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The anthology will soon be available on Amazon, too.

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Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficent means for going backwards.” – Aldous Huxley

Technology… is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.” – Carrie Snow


as a gift

my sons sent me

an apple

it isn’t juicy,


or nutritious

what it is

highly stressful

as with each upgrade

this apple


support services

non existent

unless your are

prepared to pay

what a way to

boost sales

there is more

than one worm

in the orchard

while I implode

at the foot of

el capitan




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fear is not an option

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will and always so when it violates the rights of individuals.”                                                                                                  – Thomas Jefferson

Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.” – Victor Hugo

I say I am stronger than fear.” – Malala Yousafzai

fear is not an option

le journal

the internet


France 24

the word floods

all forms of media

as the body count

rises in Paris

islamic states of hate

(i refuse to capitalize hatred)

declared war on France

i set down the paper

address my laptop

john lennon’s haunting strains

filling my head

nous ne nous rendrons pas

our media is not stuck in

shock and awe mode

nous sommes unis

on with life

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

unlike terrorist

skulking about the city

hiding behind masks,

headcoverings, disguises

nous ne nous cachons pas

we take to the streets

le café

le theatré

all life is calling







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The Imaginary Fable Of The One-Legged Flamingo

Originally posted on Dark Matter:

Originally posted 12/30/2014.

Pretend there’s a fable
about a flamingo born
with one and only one leg.

Pretend this bird somehow survives
the vagaries of indifferent
and unrelenting nature
and becomes an adult.

Pretend few ever get close enough
to offer the bird solace or support —
after all, from a distance
no one would be able to tell
the bird was born missing a leg.

Pretend a one-legged flamingo,
unable by definition to switch
to its other leg when
it grows tired of standing still,
must fly more often 
than its counterparts.

Pretend it’s not at all farfetched
such a bird could truly survive. 

Pretend the fable has a moral:

to those from whom much is taken
much is also given,

unending fatigue in living may draw out
an urge and capacity to soar,

perspective and vision may come to one
as compensation for grievous wounds.

Pretend that it…

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The word I choose to add to this was best sung by the late John Lennon. Imagine…

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Would there be stars
sprinkled over the sky

Would there be waves
covering the sea

Would there be leaves
spread on the autumn floor

If there were no words,
explaining it to us

Would there be words not broken, but healing
Would there be words not of darkness but of white light
Would there be words not of fear, but of power and strength

If we do not choose to use them


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Oh, I just want what we all want: a comfortable couch, a nice beverage, a weekend of no distractions and a book that will stop time, lift me out of my quotidian existence and alter my thinking forever.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book. – Groucho Marx


each journey into

a library or


for that book

I must read


always culminates

with arms filled with

books I couldn’t


without – must

have them


and the eternal list of


has grown significantly

is it a sickness?

my sons don’t understand

it takes another

book lover – the


have me under their


i shall endure this


for the rest of my days

my magnificent





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Please forgive my extended absence. There have been numerous computer issues and all are not yet resolved. Lea

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never allow a person to tell you NO who doesn’t have the power to say YES.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.” – Anatole France

What others say and do is a projection of their own reality.”                                                                              – don Miquel Ruiz


everywhere we go

doors are behind us

some loom ahead

as though we must possess

some magical key

to gain entry

there are doors that

we must labor to gain entry

but our toil will be rewarded

some doors left ajar

anyone can access

you are welcome here

other doors remain sealed

regardless of our

sacrifice – slammed

in our faces, without a trial

publicly shamed for

our endeavors

impenetrable is the threshold

of the closed mind

entombed by ignorance, hatred,

control of what

they cannot comprehend

that which frightens – doorkeepers

doorkeepers who prey

on the doors of those

they chose to marginalize,

disenfranchise, condemn

robbing us of the power

of choice – self determination

… life

– Léa


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