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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Small rat with big brown eyes,
up above the world so high,
you look surprized on the ride of your life.
Did you never dream of upward propulsion
or the horrors of aerodynamics?
You've the wide-eyed look of a fairground kid,
frightened, hysterical, thrilled.
Speeding through air with those unblinking eyes,
plump body puffed up and rounded,
you'd look quite cute in your cuddly terror
if we ignore the raptor's grip.
When scampering earth-bound did you never look up?
Did no one tell you there are powers above?
Invincible forces. remorseless talons,
with no regard for our scurrying plans,
simply snatch us away without warning.