A father and son
Sharing beauty and hope
As Aleppo she swung
From humanity’s rope
To him, hell became music
As war played its tune
What a life to endure, this
With endings too soon
They survived and they thrived
Until Dad lived to death
Now his son must decide
Upon what happens next
The bomb didn’t miss
O! The slaughter war knows!
But still, life persists
If we water…
…it grows.

Wilfred’s Men


A poet’s inky soul reacts to crumpled men with words intact;

Recalling lies as glory folds, one verse – yet many stories told:

Our Wilfred said they’d cursed through sludge, towards their distant rest they’d trudged;

And Wilfred’s men had lost their boots but limped on, blind; deaf to the hoots.

There, Wilfred saw a hanging face – as death came to his writing-place;

So we could read -at every jolt- of gargled blood to our revolt.

If Wilfred knew – if he could see -dead men survived by poetry,

What would he say – and would he be surprised his words adored by me?

Adored by age, revered by youth; for otherwise-unspoken truth.

If he were now – if he were here, would Wilfred to the world endear?

Or is it likelier he’d see: arms being sold; cash weaponry?

And then the fight to stop it all, this great divide as countries fall?

Perhaps for now, hypocrisy – humanity’s cacophony:

And as he rhymes of this or that, he’d write: Manus Manum Lavat.


We Have Such Sights To Show You


So – you’re a movie buff. Me too. But for those of you still in the filmfreak closet, here’s a way you can quote your favourite lines ALL….DAY….LONG….and nobody need ever know (unless you want them to – I assure you, it’s a great pulling technique if you want to gather yourself a nice, smart movie geek).

Technically, any flick with a half-decent script is a quotemine, so this list is compiled with that in mind; to show you just how easy it is. Quotes you didn’t know you knew, lines from films that are usually overlooked when it comes to “Best Quote” lists. It’s especially thigh-slappingly amusing trying to crowbar a line into a conversation at work. With a customer. On the telephone. And yes – I have. Many times.

So fly, fly – engage in a little of your own project mayhem that only the true enthusiast will espy. Let’s explore how we can take oft-overlooked statements and make them work for us (Work it, baby, work it…)

Ah….We have such sights to show you….

The Terminator (1984)


Why it’s so quotable – with a Duel-like chase, the story becomes all the more sinister as Arnie’s Terminator takes on the voice of Sarah Connor’s mother to track her down at the sleazy motel. You too can be equally menacing if you need to know where someone lives:

“Give me your address there”.

OR…..run from that spider crawling towards you, at the same time maniacally exclaiming:

Why me? Why does it want me?

When trying to haggle at a market or garage sale, turn to whoever is next to you and tell them, referring to the vendor:

It can’t be bargained with, it can’t be reasoned with.

(Using this one makes you truly awesome.)

This will all stand you in good stead for the day you need to borrow someone’s clothes, boots, and motorcycle.

Withnail and I (1987)


Why it’s so quotable- the greatness of the nothingness of every single thing that happens in this movie owes itself to Bruce Robinson’s uber-screenplay. He provides us with a truly juicy superabundance of utterances which can be easily levered into everyday speak.

The finest hangover line available to humanity?

I feel like a pig shat in my head.

Feeling a little paranoid in a new office or hotel room?

You’re not leaving me in here alone. Those are the kind of windows faces look in at.

When you experience poor service at a local establishment, it’s super-fun to yell:

We are multimillionaires. We shall buy this place and fire you immediately.

(Of course, they won’t believe you, but your pure awesomeness makes that a moot point).

When you’ve haggled with the vendor at the aforementioned garage sale, you do of course need to tell them they’re out of their mind. But it only makes sense when you get down to two quid.

Fight Club (1999)


Why it’s so quotable – With their screenplay, the deities that are Chuck Palahniuk and Jim Uhls make things secretly obvious. If you’re anything like me, by the end of the movie your head is spinning with the incredible dialogue you’ve just heard.

To console someone about a break-up:

It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.

If you want a slap in the chops, wait until someone you know gives birth to a girl and utter:

We’re a generation of men raised by women. I’m wondering if another woman is really the answer we need.

(The mere danger/stupidity value of using this quote means you’ll receive extra cool points on your awesomeness chart).

It’s the ideal movie for paraphrasing purposes, too, where you can create endless phrases inspired by Chuck and Jim: “I am Philip’s sense of utter rejection” or “I am Maria’s total lack of responsibility”.  I am Linda’s lack of fuck-giving. That kind of stuff.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)


Why it’s so quotable – it’s fucking Ferris fucking Bueller’s fucking Day Off. That is all.

Customer service agents leaving you frustrated on the telephone? So many choices: but to start with you could ask them

Do you know anything?

(Or simply tell them to stick their finger up their butt).

Worried about being fired for using Terminator quotes on the telephone? Talk about your boss thus:

If I’m gonna get busted, it is not gonna be by a guy like that.

And if you are clever enough to crowbar:

I did not achieve this position in life by having some snot-nosed punk leave my cheese out in the wind

into a real life situation, then I may need to marry you a little bit.

This will imbue a sense of greater purpose and confidence: If you need to call across the office to your colleague Grace, you KNOW how it must be done.

Beetlejuice (1988)


Why it’s so quotable – If you ever wanted to prove yourself strange and unusual, this film gives you the chance.

Not into the person trying to pull you down the local boozer? Refuse to tell them your name:

If I tell you, you’ll tell your friends…

..and go on to say it’d make your life Hell, ok? A living hell. (Disclaimer: at this juncture, if they get it and laugh hysterically, you may have to have a rethink – they might just be The One).

Viewing a new house? Not too keen? Tell the estate agent:

Oh look! An indoor outhouse.

Of course, there is the one you HAVE to use whenever you try on a new outfit:

This might be a good look for me.

Extra points for saying it after sucking on some helium.

Dave (1993)


Why it’s so quotable – because it rocks. Simple.

Excellent insults abound:

You’re LINT! You’re a FLEA! You’re a BLIP!

Try on a sweater vest and complain in your best Voice of Ving that it makes your neck look too thick.

Take the kids on a museum trip just so you can say:

We’re walking, we’re walking…and we’re stopping.

(This could only be made cooler if Frank Langella were to bustle past).

Be Dave. Because Dave is just wonderful. Fess up to everything:

I take full responsibility for each one of my illegal actions.

If you know anyone called Ellen (or with the initials LN), you do of course have to thank them for doing this at every available opportunity. It’s the law.

Robocop (1987)


Why it’s so quotable – because it’s essentially a comic lavishly portrayed by real people. It’s also one of the finest movies ever made.

Assure your friend that their upcoming surgery will be a success:

They’ll fix you. They fix everything.

Made a typo on a document? As you delete it, you MUST say out loud:

Now it’s time to erase that mistake.

(Come on! Say it with me!)

There ARE a lot more quotes from this movie…..I can feel them… but I can’t remember them.

Austin Powers(s) –  (1997 et seq)


Why it’s so quotable – because it’s such a well-rounded collection of Mmmmmovies.

Don’t go for the obvious YEAH BABY nonsense. But if you’re about to go for surgery to correct your vision, you HAVE to do air quotes when you say LASER otherwise it’s just a wasted opportunity.

Channel Scott Evil wherever possible, with as many, like, whatevers as you can. And always refer to the French language as Paris talk. It’s like, cool.

Being that you’ll often hear people using the boring old in-a-nutshell phrase, you can liven things up. You know how – get on your back and be you, in a nutshell.

As you do this, laugh inwardly at your own genius, point to someone and tell them that’s where they are. They’re there.

Casablanca (1942)


Why it’s so quotable – it’s set in a gin joint. There’s booze.

Enter a casino and declare that you are:

..shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!

Next time someone calls you a piss-head, explain that that makes you a citizen of the world.

Confuse the enemy: explain that somehow,

just because you despise me, you are the only one I trust.

You could also tell someone that you are looking at them, kid, but this may just cause confusion.

School for Scoundrels (1960)


Why it’s so quotable – watch it. Just watch it.

Tell someone you’ve been married a long time. Perhaps almost

Be utterly charming and patronising at the same time, translating everything on the menu. Even if it’s in English.

Point to some tomatoes in your local store, and state what they are.

If you’re being berated for trying to get one over on someone, explain that:

he who is not one up, is one down.

Speaking of one-upmanship, get one over on your local garage by convincing them that your piss-poor excuse for a heap-of-crap car is actually a rare automotive gem.

See? It’s easy when you know how. I’m off for a game of golf now, but it’s snowing. So I’ll use red balls.



There may be lesser-crying, better-trying women,

Much more fun and better at puns than me.
And if you were a man for simple things,
Like flawless lives and smaller baggage,
My dearest, you might have no more to do with me.

But I know well enough that you are much more choosy.
I want day-to-day to find myself with you.
With the hand-in-hand, the word and song,
The songs and poems and the laughs and stories,
You surely can’t want anything to do with me.

A romance is supposed to go like happy-ever-after network,
Marking things with a regular ping  of “I like you!”
But there are days enough when the like is racked and pinioned,
Which nobody else knows better than we two do.

There may be better-placed and better tasting women,
Or toned and sightly girls more tight than me.
And if you were the simple sort of bloke
For Whisky sour and Rum and coke, oh
Dearest, you would have no more to do with me.

But there’s no such dependably stupendous man,
Hot as Hell, you can tell that I fell for you.
And lip to lip or cheek to cheek
Playing with toes or rolling some playdough,
My dearest, I hope you want every thing to do with me.

A romance is supposed to go like happy-ever-after network,
Marking things with regular pings of “I like you too!”
But there are days enough when the like keeps coming and coming,
Which nobody else knows better than we two do.

There may be smoother-talking, ruder, squawking women.
Better-spoken, much less baggage here than me.
But they’ve all got, as like as not,
Less love for you than I have got
Dearest, I hope you shall just make do with me.

There is just one-caress-and-leave-you-breathless woman,
One such tender, godless friend: that’s me.
And not now and then, nor if and whether,
But time and again for ever and ever,
My dearest, I hope you want everything to do with me.

Original words: Jake Thackray

Reworked badly by Linda Angel

Sonnet 1,108


No sorrow here – no reason to console
I saw his eyes the moment I awoke
And spent an hour just looking at his soul
Which, made for me, is perfect and bespoke
No sadness now – no reason left to cry
I held his hand and pressed it to my heart
And spent the day just holding him real tight
So musically sweet, like life’s guitar
No fretting left – no reason to despair
He woke a girl who chose to hibernate
We spent our life just being who we were
Instead of making do with second-rate.

For once we had the first of fifty years
We lived a happy life, no room for tears.

Sonnet 1,002


I’d hold your hand and talk with you all night
And stare into the heart that’s on your face
On bed, on floor, so we’d be the same height
Just lying there and soaking up our space
We’d laugh and cry together at our lot
And notice all the differences were nowt
As miles and metres mattered not a jot
For now you’re here, and I can’t do without.
I’d stroke your hair and whisper to your skin
And tell you just how much you mean to me
As lips became new ears to take words in,
Our eyes would teach each other how to see.

Our poetry’d be easy to recite:
You’d hold my hand and talk with me all night.

Sonnet 909


Awakening the senses that did rest
Reminding me I was indeed alive;
He came to me and fixed this mournful mess
And set my mind alight with sweet surprise.
Where hope had died, there now was hopeful glee;
And where was sorrow, sat a mended place;
Our words they worked without the need to plea;
And shoulders they were freed of heavy weights.
So where’d he been and how could he be here?
Could not another woman keep him tight?
His voice is music playing in my ear;
As songs be sung he makes the wrongs be right.

I look outside and see the world anew;
With life and love created by my muse.








Sonnet 902


With pages raw and plain, as yet unscribed,
I wrote my life again in book anew.
Once far away from me, true love arrived;
For swift he came, a bolt from darkest blue.
He led me to his soul with eyes so deep;
His lips became a wish upon my own
Too hard to think, impossible to sleep
An instant love I thought I’d never know.
Beyond perfection, sweet reality
His voice and heart and mind so filled with fire
In dreams I thought him up, yet now he’s here;
Surpassing every need and each desire.

I’d written myself sad, no love to be;
Then swift he came, right from the blue: to me.



I learned he was simultaneously strong and weak
Just like a surviving spouse at a funeral
Bleak as the bereaved, strong because he had to be
He used to visit the bookshop
I’d see him there quite a lot
He would read the things he never bought
And buy the things he never should
And I stood as I would care to do:
Pretending not to stare at his pages
I must keep quiet in case of argument or riot
There’s already enough strife to fight
And because light was at a premium
When darkness became ever cheaper,
He knew that he’d been had.
He was the surviving spouse at the Funeral for the universe
And there was no god to see that it was bad.


Say, Can You See?


You aren’t the first lady he’s treated like shit
This counterfeit husband whose gloves do not fit
There’s truth in the land of the really abused
You need not be battered, you need not be bruised
There’s proof through the night in the home of the scared
It’s true – not alternate, contrived, nor prepared
It’s there in your stance and your eyes as they speak
But also in this; in his slimy technique
We see what it’s like to be there, to be you
We feel and we hurt, as we watch and see you
Just know you can stop this, the pain and the hurt;
You might be his last but you know you weren’t first.image