High in the Council Chamber
Unhurried, pulling slender threads in place
that glint and gleam when a wayward, early,
stabbing beam lights up
her shadowed space.
Cold front approaches bringing threat of heavy snow
Woolly jumpers yesterday £10, today just 5 – Buy now
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat – order soon
Seventy street-sleepers arrested in clampdown
Glory Party spokesman twitters Belaboured Party members
‘Come and join us; we’re all the same’
High up in the vaulted shadows of her place
Industrious, she tightens here, now there,
lightly moving always,
careful with every finely-fashioned string.
Virulent new strain of plague identified
Huge crowds expected for New Year shopping spree
Teachers’, nurses’ 2% pay-rise denied
Can you answer these 5 questions correctly? 75% will fail!
7 die, 200 injured in hypermarket blaze
High above the halls where all our leaders
argue, lie, pretend and plead
Confident, adjusting each fine fairy thread
Arctic temperatures reach unprecedented highs
All ladies’ lingerie marked down – buy your bras and panties now!
Church leaders in sex scandal evade arraignment
Here are 12 kinds of doughnut. You can only choose one
Masked raiders storm bank, kill 3
Huge losses forecast in financial field
4 more Belaboured Party MPs to become Peers of the Realm
High above those hallowed halls
She strengthens steadily her silken strands,
labours, silently attentive
to her task
while schoolboy chants and venomed jibes
with echoes ringing side to side criss-cross
the floor below.
Bank of Inglund Chairman steps down amid accusations
Get 2 extra pieces of Chocagogo free. – with this coupon
Record lows for January. Blizzards cut off major rail and road routes
Archbishop of Banterbury retires, citing ill-health
Celebs sensational Muckingham Palace extravaganza enthralls TV millions
Parliament meets in emergency session
Vocabulary challenge. Write a word that begins with W and ends
with Y. Bet you can’t
4 more species join endangered list
High above that ancient floor
Surely, nimbly, dexterously
enlarging her embroidery.
Below, between their troughs the pigs grunt to and fro.
cheap, dishonest hypocrites, their minds
confuse their mouthing with reality.
Sea-levels rise drastically. Floods engulf south-east. Thousands stranded, drowned
Crunchy, crackling Cerebix! New! Crisper! 5% more!
Government steps in, props up huge MounteBank losses
Furore as former convicted embezzler and rising star in Glory Party to be knighted
Fantastic prizes! Give our nationwide competition a try! Win today!
Police and Army 20% pay-rise approved
Your favourite colour and the last thing you ate is the name of your pet
Glories force controversial ‘Stop and Search’ Bill through
Joint Police/Army roadblocks curtail traffic to west and north
High above them all in spectral dark
Extends her misty-thin creation into
one single, all-embracing silver ring.
They bicker incessantly below although they know
that all existence is in jeopardy. They scheme,
exacting coin from the selfsame fears of the nation’s families
Cabinet hopelessly split. Ultimatum looms
Severe travel restrictions imposed. Curfews in force nationwide
Monarch abdicates, seeks asylum with European cousins-royal
Stock Market tumbles.
Internet communication curbed
‘Candy Love’ tops charts for 10th week running
Minister of Defence reportedly says Welsh and Scottish regiments ‘still safely’
posted in Middle East
Privatised Health Service collapses. Accused bosses abscond abroad
Rumours of Regional Seat of Government established in north
Smith excels in 7-goal thriller
Food shortages hit all major cities. Rioting as thousands take to streets
The first thing you see on your left is your only weapon against invading
space-aliens. What is it?
Attempted Army coup thwarted. 6 Generals charged in secret court-martial
Arson and looting widespread; law-enforcers powerless
Minister’s armoured car fired upon, aides severely wounded
Irregulars storm arsenal, seize heavy weaponry
Fleeing Prime Minister apprehended, believed summarily executed by Midlands
Internet down Internet down Internet down
High in utter darkness
Patient… weaves her covering curtain
and near complete.
Their tedious squabbling is stilled. The fears of the people
seized them, too. The last to leave looks up, searches
with steely, probing eyes, as though suspecting that some doom
had long been fashioned in the shadows high above…
And the great oaken, iron-bound doors of that vast, vacated chamber
clang and shudder shut. No echoes; none. Eerie, silent, all.
High up in her space
Arachne’s spinning stops awhile.
She meditates. She understands. Yes, only a little weaving’s needed now
to make this place, at last, presentable – a fit home for her young.
(From ‘Journeys in Time’)
Modelled on the conversations with The Black Dog in Branch Cabell’s 1934 novel Smirt.
NADOLIG LLAWEN I BAWB!
A HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!