Category Archives: Love

From the memoirs of an addict II

In the late eighties I was addicted to crime novels, basically of any style – police procedure, noir, hard-boilt, single shamus, animal detectives, stuffy British, you name it. Even though I usually had plenty of work as a language traitor, … Continue reading

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Happy ending

That’s what YOU call a happy ending: you plundered our joint bank account, maxed out our credit cards and ran off with the Austrian masseur who looks like Arnold reborn and is twenty-eight years younger than you. While I’m home … Continue reading

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At a Roman bar, Tuesday morning

Hair washed and combed today, new shirt and pants, first time since Anna left. But still that downcast hostile glare at the world, caffè corretto and not a word except for ciao grazie. – James Steerforth (© 2014) 33 words … Continue reading

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A mill of particulars

From my diary Green, crumbly dog turds in the entrance to no. 42. Noticed during this morning’s walk and stuck in my mind for some reason. Puddles from last night’s rain. (Wrote “puggles” originally, which seems like something out of … Continue reading

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Fair Emily speaks her mind

Oh Emily, I’d love to be Down by the sea with you Having tea with you – John Cale, Emily “I must admit I am a little confused, Edward.” “Confused?” “Yes. In your previous correspondence you called me your earthy … Continue reading

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A write-off

“I’ve never thought of myself as clever,” Hilda said, “but I am not blind, and I’m smart enough to finish what has obviously come to an end.” Luke looked at her with a stony face for a moment, then got … Continue reading

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From Rosa La Monte’s diary

Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 Danny called and we decided to meet for lunch at that most reliable of bistros, Le Diabolique. On the chalkboard they had Délice, Compromise, Naughtiness, Decision, Forward and Back. Danny ordered the Compromise, which pleased him … Continue reading

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Longing for the airline girl

So I just phoned the airline girl And said, Get me on flight number 505 – Mick Jagger/Keith Richards So she got me on this plane that went down in the sea in 1966, and have been sole survivor on … Continue reading

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One memorable night

let me get these fireworks out of my mind he thought all in turmoil let me stop from exploding let me think of other things but never had it been so hard there was such pain such confusion enhanced by … Continue reading

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The phantom of love

I cling to that soft murmur, the murmur in my heart, reverberation of your words I cling to your decision taken I cling to your words They say what’s in your heart That’s what you say I cling to that … Continue reading

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A tragedy among royals

“What in the world am I supposed to do?” she cried. “What do you mean, my tender love?” “What am I to do now that I know you’re a deviant?” Great sobs were shaking her lithe royal body. “Which of … Continue reading

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Apocalypse now

Nucleic breach of love for mankind – only embers left, not even a tentative ray of hope. – James Steerforth (© 2011) Written around breach, ember and tentative from 3WW.

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Two years and numerous emotions later

An exercise in positive negativity The scene is a dreary café in some London suburb, where these former lovers have met. One in hopes of making up, the other … “So you insist I’ve left no impact on you – … Continue reading

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Oh what to do …

“No, Tim is not a fag, dad. He makes me gag!” “Uhuh. A fag, just like I thought. But I still wonder why he makes you vomit.” “Dad! What I said was that I omitted a word in a flyer, … Continue reading

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A gift

“You’re brandishing that cake like a weapon, a weapon of love and remorse, Thelma, and I still won’t for the world manage to rip it out of your arms and throw it out the window as I should. Now, on … Continue reading

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Words for Julia

You can’t go back because life is pushing you ahead like an unending howl. You’ll feel caged, you’ll feel lost and alone, perhaps wishing you’d never been born. But always remember what I wrote one day thinking of you as … Continue reading

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Ruminations about current trends in love I

L’amour ne peut plus voyager Il a perdu son messager – Georges Moustaki Is there less love now than there used to be? Perhaps the messengers have indeed died off, as in chemical reactions where two need to react but … Continue reading

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Why do I have to choose

Why do I have to choose / make everybody lose – Willie Nelson Could loudness be persuasive? Particularly in view of the riches that came with this bundle of masculinity? Having fallen for someone similar in the past with a … Continue reading

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The wedding

Melanie and Joe had lived together for five years, then tied the knot last summer in a lavish wedding with loads of friends and no cost spared. And now, not even half a year later, they were separated, living in … Continue reading

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Laurence and Laura

(meant for each other and yet …) When did they meet? It was as if by magic and naturally gratuitous – and then soon gone in a hustle of work. It proved to be hell, love reduced to chances to … Continue reading

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