Not to Hurry

Three weeks to Christmas and I’m trying to get ahead of myself and the
season …

NOT TO HURRY

the house smells of baking                   
shortbread in the oven
mince pies to be made

I try to make cookies
early    seal them in tins
and give myself time

time to make or choose gifts
time to quieten my thoughts
ready for Christmas

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9781771333054_FC‘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, 2016.

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Early Visit

One of those happenings that are so small in the scale of events that they could pass unnoticed, but are a delight in themselves …

EARLY VISIT

dawn comes lightly                          
through fir and cedar
shadows stretch
across grass and debris

a doe and last year’s faun
clean     lick on lick
beside the small pump house

they raise heads to note
my movement at the window
then return to their grooming
leisured   unconcerned

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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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On Going for a Walk

Christmas shopping anyone? I plan to be organized this year, get everything done in plenty of time, then relax. It’s not going to happen
that way …

ON GOING FOR A WALK

shoelaces neatly tied                    
fall into tangles
as I walk through bushes
catch grass seeds
pine needles   wet leaves

when I come home
I sit   undo the knots
consider the twists
and turns of life
how from day to day
I acquire possessions
mail and memories
nothing remains neat
but comes unravelled

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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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The Wonder

This time of year there are storms that make me stand, mouth open, at the extraordinary things the weather can fling around. It’s majestic, scary sometimes, and awesome …

THE WONDER

the howling moon                                                
drops down and feasts
on turbulent waves

wolfish clouds erase
all but the curve
of a waxing moon

these aerial monsters
eat stars out of the dark
from one growling mountain
to the next
in a midnight storm

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9781771333054_FCA 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, 2016.

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The War Amps Kid

We’re nearly up to Remembrance Day, a special day for veterans and their families, but also for the people who march in the parade perhaps for the first time …

THE WAR AMPS KID

the boy marches                                             
to the beat
of the military band
always half a step
out of time
his cap slightly
askew  weapon slanted
a fraction out of true

but pride
and absolute joy
shines in his eyes
at being there
with his mates
in the Remembrance Parade

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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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Late Night

Hallow e’en tomorrow and critters are stirring in the undergrowth while young spooks haunt side-walks and gardens …

LATE NIGHT

this breathing dark
crossed by lifting paws

photo by Rosalind Adams

a sneak of badgers
through star-light

wail of owl
past a blown branch

scent thrown by fox-fur
on tasseled grass

before moon-set
fades on creeping cat

beside a small witch
with her long broom

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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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A Question of Tea

There are so many varieties of tea on store shelves that I get baffled
sometimes trying to choose. I know the ones I like but want to experiment
with flavours, branch out, be daring, even in so small a way …

A QUESTION OF TEA

how do I choose
between roobhuis                                    
wild sweet orange
apple spice    fennel
green  ginger  chamomile

names that conjure
aromas from far away
tastes that would linger

are these for the rich
to savour in fine china?

or for the single mom
to ponder the choices
then pick a treat
or does she focus only
on necessities?

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9781771333054_FCA 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, 2016.

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