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October 10, 2011

Mother's Hands

Steph Spiers describes a loving, caring, hard-working pair of hands.

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October 02, 2011

Too Much

Steph Spiers brings us an intriguing example of a pantoum, a poem of interlocking repeated lines based on a Malaysian folk form which was imported into European literature by the French writer Victor Hugo.

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July 23, 2011

Physical Enhancement

All that money spent on beautifying the female body - and for what?

Steph Spiers tells the truth - varnished and unvarnished - about the reason for looking good.

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May 23, 2011

Clearing The Air - Today's News

Yesterday a Scottish newspaper the Sunday Herald published a barely concealed picture of a footballer alleged to have had an affair with a TV personality.

The footballer had taken advice from his lawyers to launch proceedings against Twitter and 'persons unknown' who have been revealing his name. A High Court decision forbade the naming of the footballer.

Steph Spiers brings us this poem which is as topical as the breaking news.

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April 23, 2011

Whispers

This poem by Steph Spiers homes in on the moment of creation.

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April 19, 2011

Billynomates

...Mumís drunk, dadís gone
thatís Billynomates...

This moving poem by Steph Spiers sums up the lives of all too many children in Britain today.

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December 14, 2010

December Drowning

Steph Spiers' poem tells of the depths of despair.

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November 08, 2010

October: First Frost

Steph Spiers considers the warning brought by an early October frost.

To read more of Steph's vivid poems please click on http://www.openwriting.com/archives/got_the_tshirt/

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October 07, 2010

Jupiter Ascending

Today is National Poetry Day in the UK.

To mark the event poet Steph Spiers is organising a Poetry Afternoon spanning the generations with a class of teenagers from a local school reading their own poems and joining in an afternoon recital by a Widows Group, a writerís workshop, and a group from Social Services.

" Should be fun,'' says Steph. "We're laying on extra biscuits.''

To mark the season and the day here's a poem written by Steph.

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September 13, 2010

Ward Walking

This profound poem by Steph Spiers sums up a life in twelve lines.

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April 12, 2010

Meaning Of Life Stuff

Steph Spiers celebrates the simple joys of life.

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April 05, 2010

Truth, The Whole Truth, Nothing But The...

Steph Spiers' poem brings the truth about truth.

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March 29, 2010

Too Much

Steph Spiers presents an example of the Pantoum poetic form. Written in four-line stanzas, pantoums can be in free verse or rhyme. The structure of the poems, believed to have originated in the Far East, consists of repeated lines in an interlocking pattern.

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March 22, 2010

The Old Gates

A pair of old wrought iron gates serve as sad reminders of happier times in this poem by Steph Spiers.

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March 08, 2010

Motherís Hands

This poem by Steph Spiers indicates a life of diligent and caring toil.

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February 01, 2010

Threadneedle

This sonnet by Steph Spiers pours due scorn upon those vain, self-centred moneymen who plunged the world into turmoil.

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January 18, 2010

Radio Times

For some a chair becomes the centre of the universe as the years go drifting by.

Readers can be assured that Steph Spiersí thoughtful poem is not autobiographical. She is a very busy lady who contributes a huge amount to society.

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December 30, 2009

Donít Tell Me That You Love Me

Steph Spiers' poem tells of doomed love.

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December 19, 2009

Christmas Stuffing

Steph Spiers' poem expresses the bleak feelings of someone who will be dining alone on December 25th.

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Missing

Steph Spiers' poem express the nadir of loss, felt particularly keenly at Christmas time.

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August 03, 2009

Denied

Steph Spiers' poem pinpoints the emotional turbulence of being in love.

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July 20, 2009

Car Boot

Steph Spiers conveys the sadder side of what many thousands see as a bargain hunter's paradise.

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July 13, 2009

Jumble Sale

There's many a surprise and chuckle down at the local jumble sale, as this poem by Steph Spiers reveals.

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June 29, 2009

Control : Alt : Delete

Steph Spiers longs for a simple method of wiping one's transgressions and trespasses from conscious thought,

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June 22, 2009

Blue Shirt With A White Collar

...you and I slipped through each othersí fingers
leaving behind only a catalogue of regret...

Steph Spiers' poem charts the sad end of a love affair.

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May 04, 2009

Roaring Meg

Steph Spiers' vivid poem paints a bloody portrait of a famous battle between the Parliamentarians and the men of the King in England's Civil War.

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April 27, 2009

Primroses

Steph Spier's poem re-emphasises that a bunch of plastic flowers can reveal the grief in a broken heart.

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April 13, 2009

Heritage: Going . . . Going . . . GONE!

Steph Spiers was moved to write this poem on hearing the news that some English universities were dropping history courses.

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April 06, 2009

Blighted Blighty

The inimitable Steph Spiers pens a "green'' poem which will hopefully jab many an official conscious.

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March 30, 2009

Jeanís Genes

Good-humoured Steph Spiers expresses a profound longing for bootcut hipsters.

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March 23, 2009

Who Today?

Does vanity help us to see ourselves in a rosy light? Steph Spiers muses upon what kind of people we are.

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March 16, 2009

It Must Be Spring!

As Spring begins to burst forth there's the threat of violence in the air, as Steph Spiers' poem reveals.

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March 09, 2009

Blood Of The Lambs?

...Vicious panic-driven epidemic ensues
driven by men infected by their ignorance...

Steph Spiers brings a powerful poetic condemnation of those who abuse children as they seek a "cure'' for the great scourge of our time - AIDS.

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March 02, 2009

A Venue Of Vultures

This poem by Steph Spiers accurately allocates blame for the world's current financial woes. If only the guilty had ears to hear!

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February 16, 2009

Lost In Wonder

Steph Spiers' poem reminds us that writers are tormented souls, hovering between reality and their own invented worlds.

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February 09, 2009

Meanwhile Back At The Ranch

Clichťs can be so irritating, but they can also be fun when used deliberately, as Steph Spiers and her writing class demonstrate.

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February 02, 2009

Saving The Planet

Steph Spiers has an optimistic, if sobering, message concerning the future of Planet Earth.

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January 26, 2009

The Sunflower Wreath

Steph Spiers wrote this wonderful poem when one of her friends died all too young.

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January 19, 2009

When A Fae Moon Is Riding High

There's Hallowe'en shivers aplenty in Steph Spiers' menacing poem.

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January 12, 2009

Turn Your Face

Steph Spiers was moved to write this profoundly moving poem after encountering a tragic young woman. Steph gave her sandwiches, then, not knowing what else to do, found it impossible to explain to her little boy why the woman was in such a condition.

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January 05, 2009

Song Of The Wheelies

Steph Spiers' poem rebels against wheeled waste bins which seem sometimes to have been designed to test the memories of those who have to use them.

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December 29, 2008

Plastic Bag Blues

Steph Spiers brings a memorable blues anthem to the much-maligned plastic bag. Someone should set this to music.

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December 22, 2008

A Price Too High (Carersí Rap?)

This brilliant and compassionate poem by Steph Spiers highlights the plight of those who care, and go on caring and caring, for loved ones no longer able to care for themselves.

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December 15, 2008

Without Closure

This poem by Steph Spiers tells of the profound and lasting sadness of a family break-up.

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December 08, 2008

Of Daughters: Past; Present And Future Perfect

Steph Spiers sums up a family history in four brief verses.

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December 01, 2008

Journey In The Pizza Palace

The mind can travel far while waiting in line for a pizza, as Steph Spiers' poem reveals.

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November 24, 2008

Littleton Colliery Epitaph

Steph Spiers published this poem, which mourns the "death'' of a coal mine, in 1997.

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November 17, 2008

Trentham Colliery Epitaph

Steph Spiers' powerful poem reminds us that coal miners still had a price to pay after the pits were closed.

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November 10, 2008

Holly Bank

Do widows grieve the loss of a pit? Steph Spiers' heartfelt poem poses a rhetorical question.

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November 03, 2008

Silverdale

This poem by the wonderful Steph Spiers highlights the sacrifices made by coal miners in building up Britain's industrial might.

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October 27, 2008

Ariel Hierarchy

Steph Spiers' free-spirited poem suggests those lords of the air have their own ranks of nobility.

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October 20, 2008

National Poetry DaY, 2008

Steph Spiers wrote a special poem for this year's National Poetry Day.

Steph and members of the Rising Brook Writers Group stepped up to the challenge of the day by giving a public performance of their work.

To read more of Steph's poems please click on
http://www.openwriting.com/archives/got_the_tshirt/

And here is a link to a Rising Brook Writers web site
http://www.myspace.com/risingbrookwriterslive

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October 13, 2008

Midsummer: Garden Sunset

This wonderful award-winning poem by Steph Spiers conjures up the mystery of an English midsummer garden.

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September 29, 2008

The Rising Brook

This wonderful poem by Steph Spiers so vividly traces the course of a local brook that you hear the splash and gurgle of water.

Steph won the United Press award for this poem.

To hear Steph read some of her poems please click on
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