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Here is my last contribution to Poetry Thursday. It’s not a response to the prompt but is a villanelle I’ve had around for a while and have just got round to finishing. I’m still not entirely satisfied with one or two lines. I realise that ‘Humankind cannot bear too much reality’ is a slight variation on a line from Eliot’s Four Quartets, but, what the hell, he filched enough lines from other people!

Time unwound

Time unwound stretches to eternity;
Paradox is the calculus of space;
Parallel lines meet at infinity.

Humankind craves longevity
With new body parts, a new, young face;
Time unwound stretches to eternity.

Some want more – immortality;
Years with a loved one in the same place.
Parallel lines meet at infinity.

Others place faith in an idol or divinity,
Doing good works or depending on grace;
Time unwound stretches to eternity.

Try not to think, avoid banality,
the dynamo of time is picking up pace
Parallel lines meet at infinity.

Humankind cannot bear too much reality
But also fears to vanish without trace.
Time unwound stretches to eternity;
Parallel lines meet at infinity.

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Spinnaker Tower

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Yesterday, I did something that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, I went to Portsmouth and climbed the Spinnaker Tower. It was a hot day – well, hot for England at 25 degrees. The drive took about an hour with me managing not to take the wrong turning at any stage of the journey. My daughter would doubtless say that having her with me was what kept me on the right path. Once you are heading for ‘Historic Portsmouth’, it’s actually quite difficult not to go the right way. Read more…

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Haiku (4)

Osaka Castle

hosts historic Shoguns

blasts ear-splitting music

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Haiku (3)

Outwardly stormy
inside a calm centre
creates a cocoon.

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Haiku (2)

Between terrorist
and terrorised -visualize
a two-way mirror.

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