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April 09, 2008

In Passing

John Brian Leaver contemplates the workings of time as, by chance, he passes the house where his parents once lived.

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March 19, 2008

Part One Orders

Beware of banshee winds when you’re on guard duty in the Egyptian desert, John Brian Leaver warns.

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February 20, 2008

The Lime Tree

John Brian Leaver tells of a glorious wartime practical joke.

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February 13, 2008

The Locket

John Brian Leaver tells of finding a treasure in the snow - and of a family who lost the greatest of all treasures.

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February 06, 2008

Washday Blues

John Brian Leaver tells of the intense joy of childhood in chillier times.

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January 30, 2008

On Neddy's Hill

John Brian Leaver's poem is a reflection on mortality.

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January 23, 2008

The Fall Of The Phoenix

John Brian Leaver tells of the day when an old bike was bested by a cob of best Wigan coal.

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January 09, 2008


Time waits for no man. True, oh so true, as is confirmed by John Brian Leaver's poem.

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January 02, 2008

On Distant Shores

John Brian's Leaver's lyrical poem concerns an undeniable urge to right evil deeds.

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December 26, 2007

Uncle Tommy's Demob Trilby

With great good humour, John Brian Leaver tells how he became a Printer's Devil - without having to don a trilby hat.

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December 19, 2007

What Are Days?

...Days are for living,
let few slumber or idly pass...

John Brian Leaver's poem contains the best advice for this, and every, year.

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December 12, 2007

The Hungry Thirties

John Brian Leaver's poem tells of the desolate wait for a son who will never return.

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December 05, 2007

...And A Star To Steer Her By

Oh for the days when the high branches of a beech tree served as a topgallent, as in your imagination you ploughed the waves of distant oceans...

John Brian Leaver's poem is a valediciton to lost youth.

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November 28, 2007

Tyne Cot

John Brian Leaver writes of the bemusement and anguish of a man embroiled in the folly of war.

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November 21, 2007

When Balaclava Met His Waterloo

...But if the weather was wet, which it always seemed to be, I would board a tram and hide under the stairs whilst the conductor was upstairs collecting his fares. Eventually I would be found and put off, but at least I had reduced my run. On one occasion I slipped under the stairs and there beside me, propped up, was a little white coffin, the parents frowned at me from the lower deck, they would be going to the cemetery some stops up the line....

John Brian Leaver tells of Lancashire schooldays during wartime - and a tram conductor he called Old Balaclava.

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November 14, 2007

St Mary's Churchyard, Whitby - Late October

John Brian Leaver imagines cold seas and Northern Lights while ruminating in one of England's historic churchyards.

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November 07, 2007

On Primrose Hill

...Who is this climbing Primrose Hill
with water from Saint Cecilia's Well?
In summer dress and hat of straw...

An old sepia photograph awakens memories for John Brian Leaver.

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October 27, 2007

On Cuckoo Hill

As we drift down into golden autumn John Brian Leaver's poetic thoughts are of the leafy greens of spring.

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October 12, 2007

On Thoughts Of Home - 1942

A soldier, thousands of miles from home, imagines his father ploughing Lancashire land with a Clydesdale team.

John Brian Leaver's poem is as natural and everlasting as the scenes it describes.

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October 05, 2007

One Bedroom

John Brian Leaver's marvelous poem conjures up memories of boyhood days during wartime.

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