The house with a clock on its wall
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Julie sits and waits for her soaps to start, eating chocolate
she wipes her hands on her dressing gown,
and turns the pages of an old smiling photo album,
each snap separated by a thin layer of tissue.

She glances at a plastic wall clock
that needs a battery change,
It’s been watching them for years.
Curved ash drops off Julie’s cigarette onto the arm
of the settee, she smears it in before
taking another odourless drink.

the screen in the corner holds two small girls captive,
both sit cross-legged doing homework
deep inside the acoustic bubble.
They eat handfuls of cereal for supper,
then take themselves off to bed,
tell stories to each other.

Ron has just nipped out to the pub
he’s only having one with the lads
but now its five or six and he’s gone to get fish and chips
just to make things right again.

As he stumbles around the familiar corner
the flames sober him into a flat footed sprint.
Julie is outside, barefoot on the pavement.
Where are the girls he asks, but Julie can only point,
as a bedroom window explodes in the heat
both parents fall to their knees.

The second hand of the melting clock
begins to move as the two girls
come running out of the house.
As the family cry and hug each other,
it falls from the wall.

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#2
This is wonderful - the details, the plot... tracking with closeups.  Very satisfying.

I'm wondering if "of" on L8 might be "off," but the line reads pretty well with "drops (of)" as a noun rather than "drops (off)" as a verb, too.

Has everything a story needs.  Excellent. Thumbsup
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#3
really enjoyed it Kieth. each line rand into the next without a hiccup.
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(10-04-2018, 11:13 AM)dukealien Wrote:  This is wonderful - the details, the plot... tracking with closeups.  Very satisfying.

I'm wondering if "of" on L8 might be "off," but the line reads pretty well with "drops (of)" as a noun rather than "drops (off)" as a verb, too.

Has everything a story needs.  Excellent. Thumbsup

Thank you for the help on the "off" Duke, quick fixed it, you comments are greatly appreciated. Keith

(10-04-2018, 05:26 PM)billy Wrote:  really enjoyed it Kieth. each line rand into the next without a hiccup.

Hi Billy, yes it is a bit rand Smile thanks for reading and commenting. Best Keith

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twat; i meant ran Big Grin

(10-10-2018, 12:53 AM)Keith Wrote:  Hi Billy, yes it is a bit rand Smile thanks for reading and commenting. Best Keith
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(10-11-2018, 12:43 PM)billy Wrote:  twat; i meant ran Big Grin

(10-10-2018, 12:53 AM)Keith Wrote:  Hi Billy, yes it is a bit rand Smile thanks for reading and commenting. Best Keith

Tongue thanks Billy

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