The Spinet

9781771333054_FCNew! ‘A BEDROOM OF SEARCHLIGHTS‘: poetry, being launched on May 26 at the Mill Bay Library as part of the ‘Author Appreciation Night’. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art. From Inanna Publications, May 15, 2016.

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THE SPINET

play my Mother gently

she is spinet-frail                           IMG_8822.4.21.16.blog

slightly out-of-tune

off-key to sisters
who charm and charm
in chords pianissimo

her fragile song rises
from worn keys
and ends in
a cry
as the instrument
splits
at the sounds of war

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Here is the link to the book page on Inanna’s website: http://inanna.ca/index.php/catalog/bedroom-searchlights/

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Riding Again

Can anything be more fun that free-wheeling down a hill, sun shining, dandelions and Queen Anne’s Lace on the banks, trees bending, until …

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RIDING AGAIN

my jacket                                      IMG_7515.7.28.15.blog
wings out
as I fly
down the hill

feet free
of pedals
hands ready
to brake

hair blows back
as speed carries
me down
to steep turn

which I miss
slide
into bushes
bike on top

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9781771333054_FCNEW! ‘A Bedroom of Searchlights’: poetry. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art.

From Inanna Publications, May 15, 2016.

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Keep Friendship

The title of this poem is from Boswell’s Life of Dr. Johnson, v.1, p.182. I find it a constant reminder of how I should keep in touch with friends old and new. Sometimes it’s difficult due to lack of time, distance, whatever, but all these are excuses …

KEEP FRIENDSHIP IN CONSTANT REPAIR

call frequently
write letters
email or text                                               034..11.20.12.blog

if disagree
apologize or explain
don’t leave the cut
to fester

send photos
of self and family

give praise
and thanks
keep in touch

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9781771333054_FCNEW! ‘A Bedroom of Searchlights’: poetry. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art.

From Inanna Publications, May 15, 2016.

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3 Nurse Senyru

World Tuna day is just past, May 2, and I wonder if the tuna care? World Dandelion Day was May 3rd, do the dandelions lose their clocks that day? How about World Sandwich-makers day? Would anyone cheer? Best yet, International Nurses’ Day, which is May 12th, those wonderful, caring, compassionate people …

the nurse wears
soft shoes                                             IMG_8774.blog
… 3 a.m

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expert fingers
change my dressing
sage and thyme

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compassion
she stops to listen
and explain

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9781771333054_FCNEW! ‘A Bedroom of Searchlights’: poetry. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art.

From Inanna Publications, May 15, 2016.

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Taxation

Accountants go round in a frenzy of audits and numbers, while the rest
of humanity tries to get tax forms filed in time. A crazy time of year
when the garden needs attention as well, so it’s busy at work or play …

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TAXATION

numbers gyrate
across tidy columns                                        006.3.1.14.blog..

juggle to the next
calculated equation

divide by statistics
multiply sideways

before being maximized
by my absent-minded

confusion of accounts
bent by computation

to this accountant’s
incorrect answer

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my scans - after 18 112 coverNEW! To Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

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Time to Spare

I plan time carefully before appointments, always wanting to
arrive  early. Sometimes things go totally awry. Does this happen
to you? …

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TIME TO SPARE

a ten-minute drive
across town
with forty minutes                                         23445644.maps 6.23.12
to my appointment

but – road closed
and the flagger says
‘go round the other end’

found the other end
… closed too

out with map
make finger tracks
around road works
to find the long cut

… turn left
meander up hill
down around curves

make a wrong turn
backtrack and arrive
at destination
… two minutes
to spare

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Frame and the McGuireNEW! Frame and The McGuire – ‘… a gentle yet striking novel about the way our perception influences our judgement of others.’ Amy Mathers. For ages 8-13 … published by Tradewind Books available on Amazon or your local bookstore.

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Heritage

We pass on to our children and grandchildren parts of who we are, face,
eyebrow, the way we walk. It’s fascinating to me to see who carries
a likeness, and in what way …

HERITAGE

hand-prints like mine                        IMG_8666.2.21.16.blogon the table
on the window
on paper

smaller but
more detailed
smoother
yet familiar

grandson
grand-daughter

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my scans - after 18 112 coverNEW! To Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

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