Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Poetry Thursday 193 - Dog, sleep and flight

Irrespective of taking it easier with this blog over the holiday poetry still comes. 
So many photos of new pets for Christmas reminded me of my dog.

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Dog’s Days

What does a dog remember of its days?

She remembered the warm spot in front of the coal fire;
the place for her food bowl;
she remembered the door into the garden;
and knew where her lead was hung;
she knew the click of the door into the lounge;
the welcome of the warm settee;
the sound of footsteps on the stairs;
she remembered Mam and Dad’s voices.

All the important things.
© David L Atkinson December 2015

Then for Christmas I received a poetry book from my middle child called 'The Emergency Poet' and words came after me once more - at 03:53!

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A sleepless night

 … listening to Classic as I drifted off,
awake at the sound of wind and rain,
a man imagines a time long ago,
and lost pointless conversations.
The music soothes and darkness reigns to be disturbed once again.

 … no mundane worries but a peacefulness pervades the darkness,
the mind plays with aspects of life,
creatively moving factors round to make a changed reality,
the music impinges once more.

 … when night is almost done and sleep will not return,
the world is in parallel with life,
and then there are choices,
but will they be made?
© David L Atkinson December 2015

Finally, a FREE book. If you are unsure this has been described as 'fantastic' and 'the best Steele so far'!


Steele has to travel back to Japan to justify recent behaviours that may have revealed his connection with the Gurentai. He is given a task to complete that finds him on the ill-fated Flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur. Hours later he awakens in a cell in a place and country of which he has no knowledge.
Being the resourceful man he is, Steele manages to escape and travels north meeting up with his fiancée Naomi Kobayashi in Astana the capital of Kazakhstan.
Steele is naturally curious about the fate of the other 238 passengers from the plane which drives him onward to investigate further. He discovers that there are links between Russian organised crime and a Muslim group which stirs fears in his mind regarding the fate of MH370. This causes him to go to the Venice of the 
North, St Petersburg, where he finds the leader of the Russian mafia and a link with the Muslim pilots of the plane. 
All does not go well however, and Steele and Kobayashi are captured by their mafia enemy and incarcerated in MH370 on the way to the target that Steele suspected all along – in London.
Can Steele extricate himself from this seemingly hopeless situation?
Has Steele convinced the Gurentai that he is trustworthy enough to deserve their support?
Will Steele manage to deflect the missile in which he is incarcerated from killing thousands in London?
This story is a speculative journey based upon the data and misinformation surrounding the loss of Malaysian Flight 370 in March 2014.

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God Bless

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