• Martin Wardley


Consistent and tenacious

Failure and success

Persistent bloody-mindedness

Unhealthy and obsessed

Finish and complete

Repeat, improve, repeat

Constant and incessant

Spinning through the verse

Flat or effervescent

Distracted or immersed

Interrupting sleep

Repeat, improve, repeat

Deadline fast approaches

Frantic thumb through thoughts

Memories are trawled

Lines are hooked and caught

A critical critique

Repeat, improve, repeat

24th Feb 2021

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