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!’ […]
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 […]
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 […]
Democracy is bewildering. I have no allegiance Except to my garden Where good advice is found. Grass roots can become invasive. They gain momentum and Before you know it Look as though they own the place. You may want a manicured lawn But daisies and clover are essential. Diversity is required For bees to remain […]
Despite my independent heart Fabulous friends Friction free family And Ever present wet nose of my furry familiar Sometimes What I need Is an uncompromising lover To wake with me in the dawn light And tell me today will be just fine.
Stealer of chips Shitter of shits My clean car yesterday White-washed this morning. Calling angrily from chimney pots Swooping at dog walks Why are you still here seagull? The herrings are long gone. I saw them, in the museum Worked by the fisher girls. Split, gutted, cleaned, brined, smoked, When this town had industry And […]
So I am a member of a writers group. It is small and imperfectly formed, but it does offer me the challenges I need in my busy world, if I am ever to get the ideas in my head on to a page. We are not the Bloomsbury Group. I’ve checked on the Internet*. Our […]