Neither A Borrower Nor A Lender Be

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No doubt, the borrower was coy.
All those years on Shetland Isles watching
Two generations of idle tales between two sheets
After forty years on the shelf it was time to come clean
Dust off the covers, brazen the danger of having to pay dues :
Bloodshed : A dagger drawn menaces the reader
Eyes stare back lured to the front pages
For the promise of a classic whodunnit
The hint of murder spiced up a life
Threats of library fines were dismissed
In the end, a spot of Spring cleaning
Revealed the tome which was returned
Fines capped at three pounds and sixty
A steal.

Gail Webb



By Gail Webb

Gail Webb’s passion for poetry reignited in 2018. Social justice, equality and community singing are close to her heart. A Welsh woman living by the River Trent, she takes inspiration from her origins, nature, family , friends, animals and the Nottingham poetry community. Gail is published in a number of poetry anthologies magazines. Gail published her pamphlet “ The Thrill Of Jumping In” with Big White She’d in 2021. This year she has been busy appearing in Nottingham Poetry Festival events and as Poet In Residence for Lady Bay Arts Trail 2022.

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