A Poem…

Some, it seems, just don’t get it.
They think they’re immune and ultra-fit.
But this thing doesn’t care who you are.
Hence its spread, near and far.

Cyclists on pavements, despite roads being clear.
Speeding through town, coming too near.
“Get off the pavement!” I yell at them all.
Because, quite simply, they’re not playing ball.

The rules are simple, but they don’t understand,
How to stop it, getting out of hand,
More weeks of lockdown, if you keep being a tool,
Going out for no reason, like a total fool.

You may be a carrier, and pass it on,
To your daughter, your mum, your dad or your son.
Do it for them, if for nobody else,
Do it for you, and your own health.

The message is clear, stay in, don’t go out,
The rules are to protect you, so please don’t flout.
Stop taking trips, for non-essential buys,
Or you may find, it causes your own demise.

At least if it happens, and you find yourself dead,
It’s one less idiot, to stop the spread.
So, do me a favour, don’t be a din.
Please, for now, just stay the fuck in!

©Copyright – David E. Gates 2020.

More poems and other stories are available in the following anthologies from David E. Gates, available from all good bookstores. And Amazon:

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My Mother & The Medium wins Short Story Competition

My short story, My Mother & The Medium, has won the Christmas ghost story competition in The News (local Portsmouth Newspaper).

It was the story which stopped editor Mark Waldron in his tracks and sent a tingle down his spine..” they said.

The short story originally appeared as part of David E. Gates’ second anthology of short-stories, poetry and articles in Unzipped: The Mind of a Madman which is available from Smashwords and Amazon and all good online bookstores.

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Second story selected for Podoween Series!

Second story selected for Drunk In A Graveyard‘s Podoween Series!

Drunk In A Graveyard decided to deliver a little pumpkin shaped audio gift to their listeners every day in the form of a narrated story.

Day 24’s story, “The Blood“, was submitted by David E. Gates who, apparently, you should follow on twitter for all your horror fiction needs year round.

You can access the podcast here via YouTube or listen to the audio here.

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FREE Delivery on all my paperbacks from Amazon

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End Request – New Short Story available.

In anticipation of the release of my anthology of short-stories, poems, reviews and other writings, Outrunning the Rain, my short-story, End Request, is now available at all good online bookstores, including Smashwords and Amazon.

Wracked with depression, a woman decides to enlist help with ending it all from an unlikely source.

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Perfect reads for Halloween…

Novels and short-stories from David E. Gates to curdle your blood and give you nightmares this Halloween… Available at Amazon, Smashwords and all good online bookstores.

 

Fixing the Faker – New Short Story released.

Footballers Faking Injury… It’s Torture…

A World Cup Short Story.

Fed up with the pathetic fakery of people rolling around on the ground as if they’ve been shot, when fouled during a football match, one fan takes matters into his own hands to show one footballer what real pain is.

Available to download as an eBook from AmazonSmashwords and all good online bookstores.

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Two Sides of Vegas – Out Now!

An accompanying piece to Omonolidee, telling of two visits to Vegas, is out now.

Two unique travelogues exploring the gambling capital of the world from different angles.

Available to order as an eBook from Smashwords and Books2Read, and all good online eBook retailers.

For a printed and autographed copy, for just £3.99, including P&P, click the BUY NOW button.

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Two Sides of Vegas

David E. Gates’ collection of travelogues, Omonolidee, detailing his visits to Florida, Tenerife, Egypt and other places in a candid, frank and funny dialogue, is available in three formats here.

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The Wretched wins SILVER in Cover Contest

The new horror novel, The Wretched from David E. Gates, the author of original horror stories: The Roots of Evil and The Ghost of Clothes, has won SILVER in the Authors DB 2017 Cover Contest.

Set in and around Portsmouth, UK, The Wretched tells a creepy and horrifying story of a malevolent and evil force rising up to affect and change the lives of two teenage boys.

Local folklore and locations feature heavily in the sixth publication from David E. Gates, out now.

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