Where Home Is

Everyone’s home is different, the map-reading a separate event, each series of directions special to who we are, what we do, where we live. Difficult to describe but everyone knows where their own home is …

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WHERE HOME IS

smell of plums and books                     IMG_9446..4.21.13. Belem map.blog
by a cedar chair

windows open to crow calls
a child’s voice

the road bends
around neighbour’s cat

a map shows where hawk lies
on blue above rising green

strangers can’t find their way
past the post office

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Frame and the McGuireFrame 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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Construction Site

Then there are those days when I can sit and watch people working,
building … fascinating to watch each floor added, the joists, rafters,
being lifted into place …

CONSTRUCTION SITE

bucket filled with gravel
gripped by high mechanism                  IMG_7489.7.25.15.blog

wheels spin on oiled pistons
grind past drilled studs

where roof truss stretches
from edifice to anchored wall

framed by clerestory
scaffolding braced against wind

where men   pinned to height
raise rough casements

forked hammers belt-hung
heat      nailed in place

adz   awl     home forgotten
bevel hand clamped for use

this building framed
in measured hours

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my scans - after 18 112 coverTo 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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From the Beach

We go for picnics on the beach quite regularly in the summer, love the slap of waves, the lift and dive of gulls, the distant quiet of boats sailing in the bay …

FROM THE BEACH

this is ocean, these uneven foams                002..8.30.13.blog
reaching toward our feet as we
throned on sea-worn whitened logs
eat a late evening picnic dinner

gulls scream and dive for oysters
scoter-ducks dip for snails
a heron in slow motion stalks
those hidden prime crayfish

sea lettuce floats on a wave
tangled with broken mussel shells
a sand dollar, lengths of kelp
shreds of wrack, cedar twigs

we will carry sea and sand
in memory through the working week

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9781771333054_FCNew! NEW! ‘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 2016.

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Traffic Jam

This abecedarian poem was fun to write. The first line begins with ‘z’ and ends with ‘a’, second line begins with ‘b’ and ends with ‘c’ and so on to the end. Most often in an abecedarius poem each line or stanza begins with the letters of the alphabet in their normal order, i.e. with 26 lines. Always a challenge …

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TRAFFIC JAM

zing-zanged when a                              092.7.19.13.blog
beat-up Cadillac
dared cut in my lane
forcing me to swing
hard right as I
jumped the brook
leapt over loam
nearly cut my head so
popped a pink tranq
released blue curses
torn from a tabu
virtually broken now
X-rated certainly

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my scans - after 18 112 coverTo 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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High Style

Is anything more fun than taking a child to the park? Watching her, or him, on the slides, checking out all the equipment, just plain having fun? …

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HIGH STYLE                                        137.6.21.13.blog

he swooshes
down the long yellow slide

wearing green rubber boots
with this week’s favourite red Superman outfit
and bright orange sunglasses

he has an eclectic sense of fashion
but
he is four-years-old

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first published in Long Story Short

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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 2016.

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Postcard from Lisbon

It’s the time of year when lots of people travel to far off places, struggle with visas, foreign languages (we learn at least ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in the appropriate language before we go), currency exchange, etc.. Then there’s the fun of living there, in a rental apartment or b&b, an hotel, navigating buses or trains, maps, and sending postcards …

POSTCARD FROM LISBON

with aching arms I shove
the stroller over cobbles                             IMG_9200..4.18.13. view down st.blog
up our narrow alley

wish you were here
to give weight
carry groceries
promise dinner out

we’d eat by the river
at Zanos’
drink cheap red wine
watch tourists click
smiles for each other

one in red check shirt
looks beyond me
plodding mum
sees picturesque view

he could help push

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my scans - after 18 112 cover 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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3 Grass Haiku

Sun and wind have begun to dry wild grasses along the hedgerows and roadsides, in the woods. Hay has been cut, baled, and stored; a second, or even a third, cut is possible …

dry grass bends
under the wind
an eagle’s cry                            044.7.9.13.blog

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tall grass
gone to seed
her friendship

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daisy chains –
my granddaughter
in long grass

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the first haiku was published in ‘A Hundred Gourds’
the second in ‘Brass Bell’
the third in ‘Bear Creek Haiku’

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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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