Articles by: Thom Shaw
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A Better Place

March 3, 2018 11:54 am0 comments
A Better Place

It snowed the morning she left us. Not the heavy, bulbous snow to yearn for at Christmas, but shallow and sparse – so thin you could walk between it without being touched. In the early hours she was as delicate as one of those flakes… Delicate, complex; beautiful. This time […]

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The Bradbury

May 7, 2017 6:43 pm0 comments
The Bradbury

Sat placid in decay; roots buried shin-deep, all the while a constant nebula of neon swirls around your bowed head. Rotting from the inside, your glory days are long past. Scolded like a beggar on their knees, in the shadow of the ominous high-rise. Still proud, but beaten like some […]

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Dunes

April 28, 2017 6:05 pm0 comments
Dunes

  Go slowly into the long night, through the blackest void to the light at the top of the stairwell. The last dress you’ll ever wear pulls tense over steely mandibles. Fresh linens, ironed smooth; broach proudly emblazoned. Arms quietly folded with purpose. A welcoming ossuary; five by three – […]

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Blue Dragon

March 11, 2017 6:55 pm0 comments
Blue Dragon

Gliding through a shimmering gilded crescent, bright cerulean rides the surf without order. Contented in an inch of perfect symmetry, the warm ocean current magnifies his brilliance. Fearsome and powerful but eremite in nature. He takes flight on winged appendages, pursing his sting for a deadlier prey. Man-o-war beware, he […]

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A Trilogy of Red: Part 2 – Cardinal

March 6, 2017 1:04 pm0 comments
A Trilogy of Red: Part 2 – Cardinal

Sweet fruit laid bare on a rugged table, supple skinned and furred. To juxtapose the craggy eggshell-tempera smeared around his stretched face. From widows peak to concave dimple, soft and milky like a new-born babe. Shrivelled and unwanted like crumpled paper, now a different shade of flesh. A riverbank of […]

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A Trilogy of Red: Part 1 – Crimson

February 28, 2017 6:46 pm0 comments
A Trilogy of Red: Part 1 – Crimson

Deep in a copse, under a thicket of brambles his member strokes your inner thigh. Cotton sodden from dampened earth, and a mystical murmur hangs beneath the treeline.  It trickles down your leg to mingle with mud and leaves, like a wet dream; a Rorschach test – all confused and […]

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The Commute

July 19, 2016 8:11 pm0 comments
The Commute

  It begins. The pushing and shoving, hustling for a better vantage point; tutting and kvetching, giving the death-stare. Manners are fleeting, like patience.  No, it’s not another Next clearance sale, or a Black Friday event. It’s not the biblical Armageddon… It’s the early morning Huddersfield to Leeds line. Tracks […]

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For Orlando

July 5, 2016 10:07 pm0 comments
For Orlando

Prayers fall distant from that endless ‘stairway to heaven’. The dead’s voices now only echo history. Mothers who remain, will never again caress their child’s face. Now, there is only coldness, where once warmth filled that touch. How many more words in vain must we speak, just to watch them […]

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