Category Archives: poetry

The Earth will welcome him: Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney, the great Irish poet who died this week will be buried in his home town of Bellaghy, Co. Derry on Monday. Bellaghy (Bell-ack-ee), on the shore of Lough  Neagh, (Lock Nay)  is a bleak part of Northern Ireland, … Continue reading

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Hindi, Horace and Hanging in the Balance

In a frantic bid to find balance I bought a pair of earrings. With tiny levels swinging from each lobe perhaps I could pull myself back into alignment with the universe? It didn’t work of course,but at least it allows everyone I encounter to understand that … Continue reading

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One last push-up

News reaches me of the death of Jane Russell. Must wear something spectacularly cantilevered tomorrow in her honor. So farewell then Jane Russell You were hardwired for success In Alaska they named mountains after your twin peaks You were never … Continue reading

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I’m fluent in Ulster Scots, so I am

I am indebted to Liam Mac Uaid, another wordpress blogger for sharing the poem below, written in Ulster Scots by Wilson Burgess as a tribute to Belfast-born snooker champ Alex Higgins who died recently. Alex, naturally, met his end through … Continue reading

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Those rules again in full

  DC Blogs has tweeted about our little contest and so the rules and the deadline have been slightly adapted to encourage entries from writers in the nation’s capital. Fear not Itchy Ankle entrants–there will now be two prizes. The … Continue reading

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Dr Who Would Know

If Dr Who Were not stuck on BBC America He could go back in time And tell us what Washington DC was like Before Christ. He could leave the Tardis Anywhere There were no parking tickets Then. To take part in this writing … Continue reading

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Haiku for the Nation’s Capital

No-one knows what was In Washington D.C. then Only what’s there now. Before the Mall and Long before the Monument Did dinosaurs roam? Up on the Hill were There old and gnarly relics With sad too small brains? In the … Continue reading

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Now We’re Getting Somewhere

Potamac Rockcreek Evening. Huge In Swampy Terrain One Rough-skinned Iguana Crawls.  When Any Small High-strung Insect Nears, Gnarly Tongue Obtrudes Noiselessly. Death. Certain. To write your account of Prehistoric Washington DC, check out the rules here

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Entries are flooding in

  A very mystical entry from a modern day Itchy Ankle resident who may have accidentally eaten an ancient hallucenogenic–hard to say. Tucked away in a circle in my little boat, I had a dream:   Somwhere in the times to … Continue reading

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Look to your Laurels: Doris will be hard to beat

The latest entry from Doris Brazil who hopes to scoop all the awards when the winner of the first annual Itchy Ankle Writing Contest is announced tomorrow evening. While I never heard of a volcano in DC, I have to admit … Continue reading

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