shot glass
Issue # 6 January 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


After a career making Arts Programmes as a producer/director and executive producer for British, American, Japanese and European broadcasters, Colin Bell (aka wolfiewolfgang), gave up television to concentrate on writing. His novel, Stephen Dearsley's Summer of Love, will be published in 2012 (Ward Wood Publishing). He has also published three children's stories (Novello's), film reviews (Mansized, the biggest men's health online website) and poetry in the UK and the USA in The Blotter, Every Day Poets, Shot Glass Journal, Inspired Words, Prism and the Fib Review. His short stories have been published by Ether Books and performed by White Rabbit Theatre in London and he is a Writers' Village Best Writers' Award winner. He lives in Lewes, East Sussex, England and also writes a daily blog and other reviews as wolfiewolfgang on his website

Colin Bell

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And Now We Go And Spoil It All Again

and now we go and spoil it all again:
you can't forget my first broken promise
and I resist forgiveness on a chain.
We're prophets scared to tread near this abyss.

You want to recreate those early days
before recriminations broke the spell
and left us far apart within a maze
perpetual pin–balls playing bagatelle.

Each time we reunite you count the cost
your outstretched arms remind me of my guilt.
You try to show me what I almost lost –
I'm your rescue cat feasting on spilt milk.

My shallowness betrays what lies beneath,
your wisdom's knife is better in its sheath.