Bobby Stevenson

Stories.

The Inscription

No one, and I mean no one, had ever seen the likes of the inscription before. It had lain undiscovered in a small cave on the north shore until Roman … Continue reading

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THING and His Teacher

Her name was Elizabeth Browning, yep, just like the poet lady and to everyone at Thing’s school, she had been known as Mrs Honey. Where that name came from no … Continue reading

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Edward Frostwaite: Rocket Man

Edward Frostwaite always wanted something different to happen to him. Not for him was the attraction of a job in a factory. Nor did he want to go into the … Continue reading

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Fault Lines

It will never be perfect, My Grandmother, said, Not your life, not your love, Not your heart or your head, It will never be perfect, And you can’t make it … Continue reading

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Lassoing the Moon

(for Jim – the King of the Kings Arms) The two of them sat at the shaky table in the Bright Water Café. They always chose this table as it … Continue reading

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If All The World

If all the world went dark today, And the yellow sun no longer shone, And we felt our paths from place to place, And loved by voice and words alone, … Continue reading

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Under An Angry Sun

My father spent most of his life taking photos. He could never understand why I never took any – perhaps because I had his collection to look back on. My … Continue reading

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One Night, in 1949

I guess it would be inaccurate to say that the day started with the sun rising, ‘cause it didn’t. They day started under the moonlight, up on the Greendowner Hills. … Continue reading

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The Rain Country

“You think that a wall as solid as the earth separates civilisation from barbarism. I tell you the division is a thread, a sheet of glass” . The Power-House ,John … Continue reading

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If It Ever Gets Too Dark

If it ever gets too dark for you I’ll light a match and let you see Your first few steps, to get you on your way. If it ever gets … Continue reading

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Painted Love

When the flowers had all but disappeared from Clare’s garden, she had replaced them by painting roses and daffodils on a brick wall at the rear of her flower bed. … Continue reading

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How I Was

It was only a few short summers between my mother asking, ‘how I was’ and her asking ‘who I was’. It was only the briefest of moments between telling a … Continue reading

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Coming Home

When he stepped from the train, there was still a heat in the air. He could smell the fields, and the soil and as he looked across the platform he … Continue reading

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Who’s To Say?

Who’s to say it isn’t today That you’ll meet the one you’re going to love? Who’s to say it isn’t today That you’ll find you’re promoted from above? Who’s to … Continue reading

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Remembering Disneyland

The window’s opened an inch just to let the room breathe a little as the rusting setting sun is just perching on the trees across the way and peeking into … Continue reading

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They Came Today, The Angels

They came today, the angels, My turn, they said, my turn, And me, a watcher of the clouds, Had seen them fly for years, up, up, up, Spied through the … Continue reading

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On Some Quiet Smiling Day

I know nothing of the rules you use, Or the gods, Or stars you live by All I know is how I’ve done, How I’ve kept, My peace within, I’ve … Continue reading

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Nelle and Tru (For Harper Lee)

  “I hate going outside, I absolutely hate it, hate it, hate it,” said Nelle to the sad-looking boy standing at the porch door. “You’ve gotta come, ya just gotta,” … Continue reading

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Kiss

The last time I was home I gave my mother a kiss, And somewhere, sometime long ago, she kissed my great-grandmother, Who kissed her brother just before he set off … Continue reading

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Brighter Days

The smell of the coffee lured her in and so she sat blowing on the steam from her cup. The war had only been over a handful of weeks but … Continue reading

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Strange Day

November 22. The strangest goddamn thing ever, and I mean ever, happened to me this morning. Jeez, my hand is still shaking as I write this even although the boss … Continue reading

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Keep Going

You’ll make it, I know you will, You’ve come too far and now is not the time. If only you stopped and thought about it all The walls you’ve climbed, … Continue reading

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Words

Words can misfire, be misplaced or misused Words can slice through a heart with love Words can shrivel a hope, Words can laugh, words can cry, Words can dance, words … Continue reading

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Once in a Blue Moon

Strange things happen to nice people. There I’ve said it, but it don’t make it any less true, friends. I ain’t gonna argue here and now about how you measure … Continue reading

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The Man Who Lived Twice

There was a story from the early 1950s in Glasgow about Sammy; a man who used to play the violin. Sammy didn’t have a home but sometimes a kind soul … Continue reading

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Me and Buzz and The Beard

I kinda wish someone had warned me about the day that Buzz decided to grow a beard. I met him on the way to school and he kept pointing to … Continue reading

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The Last Song

They had known about it for the longest time. Years, even. The scientists had seen it a long way out and knew it would hit. Because of the time available, … Continue reading

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Once Upon A Shoreham Village Fete

It happens, it happens to everyone, doesn’t it? You tell a little white lie and it blows out of all proportions, it runs away and starts a life of its … Continue reading

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How Could You Be Anything Other Than Beautiful?

So you’re not as thin, nor as fat as you wanted to be, Or as tall, or as short, or with a little more hair, You’re not as clever or … Continue reading

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Me and Buzz and Girls

I remember the first time that Buzz fell in love. It was with a pretty girl called Sally Watson. Buzz had just hit thirteen years of age and his hormones … Continue reading

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Four Shots of Wry

Breathless ….if she had looked up at that moment, his nurse would have seen his toes moving in waltz time to a tune that only he could hear. Through the … Continue reading

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The Dog Who Loved To Drive

It was New Year’s Day, 1913 and Andrew was bored. Everyone in the house was sleeping off the after-effects of the Ball which his parents insisted on holding every stupid … Continue reading

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Strange Freedoms

TOMMY Tommy lived in a town where you had to be one thing or another. That was the way it was, that was the way it had probably always been. … Continue reading

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My Photo of a Dinosaur

Now let me just say here and now that I ain’t lying. No sir. You’re going to tell me it must have been the heat, what with all that wavy-air … Continue reading

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The First Thing

Later in life, Thing would look back on those early years and wonder. Wonder if the perfect moment of his life was back then, and if that was true – … Continue reading

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Adam and Eve’s Honeymoon

Sometimes things just change. Not for any particular reason – at least, not one anyone can understand – but perhaps because the Universe has shifted, or a God has smiled, … Continue reading

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Magic

“I’ve never met a person who hasn’t done some magic in their life, not one”, said my Aunt Grace, then she would give a chuckle that could light the stairs … Continue reading

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One Final Thing

It was as Thing got near to the end of his time in this world, that all the confusion seemed to melt away. Sure, old age never arrived on its … Continue reading

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A House of Many Windows

“The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.” Robert Louis Stevenson In his diaries … Continue reading

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The Perfect Seconds

It has been said that a man dies twice. Once, when his heart stops beating, and the second time, when his name is mentioned for the very last time. It … Continue reading

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Skiing In Central Park

I don’t think there was a precise time when you could say that they actually met; instead it would be more accurate to say that they rubbed against each other’s … Continue reading

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The Vagabond Saints

Where the sky welcomed the road at the far edge of town stood large monoliths of rock pointing straight at the stars; perhaps in an earlier time they had names … Continue reading

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Jeremiah and The Birds

He wasn’t sure if he was the last man left or not. He hadn’t heard from any other living soul in about 45 full moons and Jeremiah wasn’t even sure … Continue reading

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The Songbird

Some hearts are born to do certain tasks, and so it was with the songbird. She had been brought into the universe to sing her song so that others could … Continue reading

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Tonight

Tonight I saw a solar storm, Which brought the heavens to its knees, And seared the eyes and hearts of those who watched. I tasted nectar and ambrosia. And sat … Continue reading

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Lanterns

Don’t think that all of this will last, As the darkness wears your heart away, One day, Someday, When you least expect it, The lanterns, Will bring the light to … Continue reading

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Where Bullies Are Made

There is no strength in being a bully, For they all huddle together, learning Nothing about the hardening of the skin, You found that out about them later, When their … Continue reading

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Two Stories of Photographs

She had been a nurse at the big house during the Great War. That is where she had met him. On the surface, it seemed straight forward except for the … Continue reading

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The Dust Road

As they drove the last few miles, the wind grew warmer And he closed his eyes, fixing his mind on that evening When they celebrated with a party Everyone was … Continue reading

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I Will Remember You

I will remember you when the best of you has gone I will remember you when the song you loved is sung I will remember you when I stand on … Continue reading

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The Lucky Tree

Long, long ago when the old German king was on the throne, there was a celebration held in a field at the edge of the village. It was a little … Continue reading

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The Titanic In New York City – 3 stories

  Wednesday April 17th, 1912 Pier 60. NY,NY. Annie’s Story She was born with the name, Annie Constantine and from the age of nine, she had worked tirelessly as a … Continue reading

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Be Who You Are

Be who you are, Be magnificent, Be strong, And except to those who cared too much, The one who never quite belonged. Be who you are, Stand tall, unique Be … Continue reading

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The Best of All Summers

Some things remain with you forever. When I was ten years old, my father took me on a trip in an old battered car and caravan, and although I didn’t … Continue reading

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The Man in 221A Baker Street. (1)

1. Introduction….. I have been living beneath the strange man who lives upstairs, nigh on ten months now. There is much comings and goings at all times of the night, … Continue reading

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Rockets

My name is Annie and when I was nine I didn’t have too many friends except my Grandmother who always wanted to be an astronaut. She said that my Mother … Continue reading

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Me and Buzz and Flyin’

The first time that me and Buzz attempted to fly, Buzz broke his arm in two places: in the yard and on the driveway. Yeh, Buzz didn’t think that joke … Continue reading

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Sara: The Woman Who Told Stories

She felt that she had never set the world on fire; unlike the politicians who had managed just that. No, what she had achieved, what Sara had achieved, was to … Continue reading

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The House of Laughter and Crying

Now I ain’t saying this story is true, but I ain’t saying it’s a lie neither – mainly ‘cause I don’t want to be sued by any of you folks … Continue reading

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Saturday Afternoon on the Floor

From up here, with the window open, all I can do is lay on the floor and stare at the roof. I’m trying to guess what the avenue looks like … Continue reading

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Ronnie (Feb 12th)

I guess you never really know when your own will start but in hindsight I know his began on February the 11th at 10.23pm. 86,400 Ronnie was 19 and clever. He … Continue reading

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The Polka Dot Comet Kid

The night that Sally was born, the comet, Hale-Bopp lit the skies above the hospital as she lay, crying. She was the most beautiful of children and her parents called … Continue reading

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Eli’s Letter

It had worried him all his life and now Eli saw that it had serious consequences. Thinking back, it just kinda happened. One week his mom was ill and then … Continue reading

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Choodla: London Secrets

The Start What can I say about Choodla, that hasn’t already been said over and over again by the newspapers, the television, the judges, the police, the weird man who … Continue reading

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Cheedel Craze

If you’ve ever journeyed upon a train through the centre of London town, you’ll have perhaps looked up, and seen, a vacant office with dirty windows; one that is unloved … Continue reading

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The Private War of Bobby Falkirk

Which war he went to (and came back from), isn’t important here, it’s just important to know that Bobby came back in one piece – well almost. His head was … Continue reading

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A Child Of Atlantis

The house was built to be admired. It had even outshone the new hotel that stood only a few yards away on the corner of Main Street. The town of … Continue reading

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The Stars Want Her Back

When I first got to know her, She was fully formed. A woman with life, and humour and Dreams. And in the gaps between the dark times, She talks about … Continue reading

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One Day My Friend, We’ll Soar

One day, my friend, we’ll soar, Far, high above these streets of darkened hearts, We’ll tilt our wings to freedom, And scrape the highest of the skies. One day, my … Continue reading

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The Man Who Knew Where Love Was Hidden

There had always been wars. Even in the times of love and hope, there was always a reason to kill. From the 17th century onwards, wars got more complex: families … Continue reading

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That Perfect Moment

When I was a kid, my whole world was Hell’s Kitchen. Heck, it was my whole universe too – because that part of New York City was all I needed, … Continue reading

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The Old Storyteller

Everyone called him Papa – that was how he was known in our part of the square. ‘Papa, the storyteller’, to give him his full, well-deserved title. Whether the stories … Continue reading

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Jumping From The Train

The clanking of the train as it went over the gaps in the rail made him think of home. If he closed his eyes, he could still hear the horse … Continue reading

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I Am So Proud Of You

I am so proud of you, In so many ways, Proud of every sinew in your strained body, Proud, that even with a fractured heart, You can still stand and … Continue reading

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The Last House on the Island

My family used to live on an island, except it ain’t there anymore. Now I don’t mean my family – they’re all kicking and rocking in other places. I mean … Continue reading

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This Year’s Love

This year some people will leave your life And new ones will enter This year some dreams will vanish And others, not thought of, will come out of the sun … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Was Grounded Forever

Nobody believed him. Not then, not now, not ever, it seemed. He knew he wasn’t lying but then maybe it was all in his head. Maybe he was going the … Continue reading

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A House

I hear tell that the house is still there, still standing like. Leastways I heard that was the truth of it a few years ago from a sickly ginger-headed woman … Continue reading

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The Cloud Walker

I remember reading in a newspaper once, about a family who had lost someone in the dark day of 9/11. There was nothing unique in their story, except for one … Continue reading

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Legend

I suppose history will see October, 17 as the day that the future started. For that was the day when a newHuman wrote a poem. Not one that had been … Continue reading

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On The Right Tracks

There is a little railway station just north of somewhere and to the east of that other place. And one time in your life, you’ll either have stood waiting on … Continue reading

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Thank You for Today

Thank you for today, Not everything was good, But then not everything was bad, I woke up sad and somewhere in the sunshine The day got a little better.   … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace

It’s funny how no one talks about Amazing Grace anymore. I guess she’s been gone a long time. I guess if you didn’t forget about people then we’d still be … Continue reading

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Life

Like every other day, Harry spent his mornings in the park in that little period between breakfast and lunch. He’d sit and watch the animals and the humans, and normally … Continue reading

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I Still Love You

I Still love you Though It’s been a Long time, it’s been a Lifetime of   Living without you. Our secret moments scar the Visions I have of anyone Else. … Continue reading

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A Love Story: Zeppelins Over America

Elizabeth’s Story It had only been a day since my world had changed. I sat by the window, opening it a little. The cold air of the lounge was refreshing … Continue reading

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Gregory

Ever since he was little, folks had always been telling him how he should live; that he should ‘do it this way’, or ‘do it that way’, or ‘you’ll never … Continue reading

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This Year’s Love

This year some people will leave your life And new ones will enter This year some dreams will vanish And others, not thought of, will come out of the sun … Continue reading

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That Gregory Peck Incident

She’d been living in the city long enough to remember to call an elevator – the lift, and the place where she was standing right now was a bookshop not … Continue reading

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The Best

Wrap up your soul from the north winds, Turn your sweet head, Facing the sun, I know that those dark clouds will scare you, But believe me, The best is … Continue reading

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My Uncle Bertrand’s Dream

The year we moved from the 1800s to the 1900s, was the year that my Uncle Bertrand came to town. That man was larger as life and twice as bold. … Continue reading

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Future Stories

Her Stories Stories. That was all she had, that was all she would ever have. The ability to create worlds, and fill them with color and life, and give those … Continue reading

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The Blue Way River Hotel

You know it ain’t a hotel, right? I mean let’s get that out-of-the-way from the start. Some punk years ago called it the Blue Way River Hotel as a joke and … Continue reading

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The Man on the Third Floor

You can make of this story what you want. You can throw it in the fire and see if I care. All I want to do is lay down the … Continue reading

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Once Upon A Time In New York City

I guess I’d been running ever since I’d left San Antonio; maybe it’s a universal truth that we’re all running from something, or maybe to something. Who knows? Who cares? … Continue reading

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Leaving Traces

Don’t think you are never seen, dear friend, You leave a trace wherever you wander – A smile, a laugh, a hope. Don’t think you are never heard, my pal … Continue reading

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We Walked A Path Once

We walked a path once, You and I, And shared some gentle time while basking in the sun, We walked a road once, You and I, Fighting with the storms … Continue reading

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The Curious Case At Victory Mansions

From the top of Victory Mansions, it was said that you could see the whole of the world and a few miles beyond that. Mr Edward Shrew was the owner … Continue reading

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Me and Buzz and Soccer and Filmin’

1.Soccer One of the other times that Buzz had a mid-life crisis was that summer when his first hair grew out of his chin. You would have thought that he … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Stole A Piece Of The Sun

  I think I was eight or nine years of age when my Grandma went down the road. At least that’s what my Granddad called it. “Your Grandma has gone … Continue reading

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The Proof of God

He could do nothing but stare at the paper. Then he re-checked it and checked it again. He was trembling. I mean really shaking. The way you dreamed of something … Continue reading

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Never Ever Let Them Get You Down

1.Just ‘Cause You’re Breathing Just ‘cause you’re breathing, Doesn’t mean you’re alive, Just ‘cause you’re clever, Doesn’t mean that you’re wise, Just ‘cause you’ve faith, Doesn’t mean that you’re kind, … Continue reading

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You’ll Make It,I know You Will

You’ll make it, I know you will, You’ve come too far and now is not the time. If only you stopped and thought about it all The walls you’ve climbed, … Continue reading

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