Paul Hansford Poems

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Another Sun

Perhaps in another world
another sun comes
lighting a different

For Mel (Villanelle)

The one who should have lived has gone so fast.
The old ones, in their dotage, linger on –
they, with no future, live only in the past.

The First Time

I was only seventeen, and you were about the same,
and I knew nothing about you – I barely knew your name.
But I looked at you, and you looked at me, and we looked at each other, and then…
I knew, the first time you smiled at me, I wanted to see you again.

After The Stroke

This is my husband, my mother said
to the nurse with pride,
only she meant me.
Everyone in the day-room knew


I gave you violets;
you gave me your smile.

I gave you elderflower wine;

A Poem About Recycling

My ultimate ambition in life
is to be recycled. When I die
I shall not be put
with the newspapers, plastic bottles,

Guard Of Honour (Rondeau Redoublé)

(After the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in a traffic accident, an RAF officer helps to carry her coffin to the plane for return to England.)

The burden I bear is more heavy than lead.
The physical weight is a thing that I share,

Driving On Auto-Pilot

Called out of a staff meeting, I was told
my mother was on the point of death.
Searching in the regulations,
the secretary told me

A Few Limericks (Serious/Satirical)

They were going to start a new life;
childhood sweethearts become man and wife.
But a drunken stag-night
ended up in a fight,

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