Crystal blue, as a boy, The Tyrrhenian Sea stuck sand to my skin, Sparkled joy in my heart. Laughing with my father in his boat. Shellfish collecting from tidal pools. Laying in the warm sand with Veronaia. Such memories I brought to the Saxon Shore, Called by my youth. ‘Centurion do your duty, stand guard!’ […]

Life is a busy thing and it has kept me away from my blog for a while now.  Not in an awful way you understand.  Yes the day job has been hectic and demanding of late, but socially it’s all been rather full on too.  People are starting to mention the C word and festivities […]

Fear and chaos sent Truth Reeling, out in to the dark To find a home. Lost in the night, Coloured orange, On a street corner it quivers. Passed by politicians Unzipping their lies In locker rooms. Along with information, It finds freedom No easy matter. Confidentiality online, Diminishing, With every return. Devalued as a pound […]

          Today I am informed that I have won. I have been peeked at by peers Picked And prepared for publication. But I can not share, At least not yet And oddly I realise This removes the point Of my preoccupation With poetry.

          Autumn, Middle age of the year, I feel some sympathy. Before the darkest night, There are fewer days In front, than at my back. Dreams, Simple sparks from the bonfire, Have been lost To the cool night air. Hopes, Alive on swallows’ wings, Suddenly missed, Flown to another country. Autumn, […]

If your claim to five foot ten Is only in your mind, Remember I might spot this If we meet, I am not blind. I do not care about your shirt, Ted Baker or Paul Smith, But you did claim no cigarettes, How come I get a whiff? To say that you eat everything But […]

New teachers in new class rooms and new pupils everywhere, back to school after the summer holidays can be confusing. But for one headteacher returning to his office after the break, things took a particularly unexpected turn. Ivor Chalkface, Headteacher of Bogwarts Academy, opened the door to his office on the first day of term […]

I’m trying to write a poem at the moment. I have the idea. It’s here, hovering in my head, waiting impatiently to be expressed. I also have the words, most of them lurking nervously in the wings, like members of an amateur dramatic society at a casting. I suspect my concerns would be familiar to […]

The lunar cycle left the night unlit, As if too sad to view once more the scene. Cloud hid stars. In darkness Rain rendered dust to dirt. It took the heartless sun to rise and show Wet sheen of glory on the devil’s work. Brick and stone, Old mortar, Gain new exuberance. Unwanted relocation and […]

I have been engaged in my vanity publishing project on WordPress for a little over a year now. Happy Anniversary to me! In truth it began as no more than a wish to understand blogging, coupled with a desire to place my words somewhere other than my notebook.  So focused was I on these small […]


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