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The Purple Haystack – A Sequence by Joanne Ashcroft

August 6, 2012

The Purple Haystack

 

Step Forward to Tell the Tale

 

presented

not-doll sized neck-

cradled by over anxious

is

her image in the mouth forehead

smiling

 

embark

3 to 4 and 6

separately at least once

children home and away 3

if local and previous partners

to panel

 

mirrored salted

grit

and grin

 

perform-feed in a secure bucket change

rose buds   hoots a pass

 

equipped for independence review powers by whim their lack

a far miss her smirk

            to engage in public play

 

I heard

no-one is immune to

the use of emotive

language to edit

get strong

legal

 

medical

head to toe waist

being 16 is asked do you

drink cut yourself no

allergies medication

 

lay down that paper and

look

and write that

if you can

 

can renege

won’t retract

stop

out loud

in writing

 

(numbers apply are turned away abort)

 

uninvited to

hear court jesting say we

are on

 

thing of pins itching

side-pitching in tongues

stitch listlongs

knit the eye cranial

tacking left to right

stinging ratworm

wrung and out in

casts dripping spit

divine lipsmith

puppet caster

forging glitter-traps

silence blown in

thorny breaths

beating cabbage whites

red drenched concrete

made paper

artless and lies

witless eyes raking

spring out

of time

 

baa baa cocker hoople doo

 

and still

 

the tug

 

 

Not on My Watch Tale

 

now love

we’ll bond

and I

shall show you how

to and how you

and no-one else can

do what I do

 

I make fives

top lunged

tic tack toe

goggle and

yak

you can’t do

anything

I can’t do

 

 

Too Far to Tell Her Tale

 

evil looks ruin

her luck

a slurred signature

incontinence (both)

seal

the depth

 

arrive to woman leaving

the crackle of blister

as sweets

and washing

 

a face mostly eyes

a voice raising

 

clouds black rolling in rolling out

can’t say a difference

risk ruffling in a single number

 

a flea

minus sandwich

don’t crash

voiced

wished upon

the slipping surface

a hair away

 

give us her number so we can increase hope and confusion

no use to

ask who is prime minister

Tuesday

December

as breathing

 

well

guts see

clouds black

an abduction

out to lunch

 

Too Busy to Tell a Tale

 

sits opposite an ear

feeding a nose kissing

thick skin

 

who closest

was important

is

remember it

make changes

how do you feel

 

enjoy school

have any regrets

any qualifications

did you continue

value education

previous jobs / your current

how important

enjoy it

ambitious

fit into family life

 

(she said she saw

her over-stepping her

words a bloody cascade)

 

what hobbies

and why

how much time

alone or with others

 

describe your personality

see yourself

with key words

(yours and others)

your strengths

aspects you do not like

 

marriages / relationships

give details

length

who leads

supports / strengths

stress / decisions

what effect

 

children   write briefly

how do they feel

anxieties

 

is this end

verbatim

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