The Literary Cat

Alice the cat has a mat on my desk. This so that she doesn’t sleep on my papers. She also likes to sit on the top deck of my stack of letter racks. As a kitten she used to sleep there, now she uses it to watch birds, deer, mice …

THE LITERARY CAT

seeks stories in magazines                                
sniffs the pungency
of small press publications
enthrones herself
on the current poem

follows my hand and pen
with erudite whiskers
and editorial sagacity
with comments purred

until I nudge her away
then back-lane epithets
erupt in yowled poetry

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first published in Animal Crackers

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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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Breakfast

We all have different tastes in food, which is just as well. Breakfast foods are particularly important, perhaps for routine, caffeine fix, or just fun. I’ve had cold cereals, cold pizza (which I love), for breakfast but one thing I do not have …

BREAKFAST

porridge has been extolled
as the breakfast
for strength                                     

the smell puts me off
the texture clams my throat
the taste comes back
and back
which is to say
I do not like porridge

but I find porridge
bars acceptable
when the sun rises
the kettle boils
and the cat howls
to be fed

porridge bars
do not accommodate
barkeeps or drinkers
being solely for those
who don’t like oats
in a bowl

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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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Old Photograph

Happy New Year to you all. It’s a time of looking forward but also of looking back; the year has rolled over and stored memories come back to haunt me …

OLD PHOTOGRAPH

the past opens at
this tiny universe
of a school dining room
held in sepia                       

I peer closely at
serried faces
mine far back
at a table
in the middle

time was I knew
each face well
we talked during meals
or class timer

now the past
has closed
on them all
and they are buried
in my forgetting

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published in Constellations

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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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This Long Week

Christmas lasts for a full twelve days, but there’s just one week between Christmas and New Year and I’m never sure whether I should be watching Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or playing party games …

THIS LONG WEEK

Christmas bells still ring
with the angels’ carol                                           

but each day is tied
with ribbons   streamers

each minute wears a hat
blows a noise-maker

hours prance and dance
through light and dark

as people join hands
around the world

in the midnight song
‘Auld Lang Syne’

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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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Christmas Eve

Christmas is just over the horizon and, of course, all shopping is done, baking finished … hopefully! But the celebration is coming, complete with solstice, new baby, angels and shepherds. What more can one ask?…

CHRISTMAS EVE   (Triolet)

joyous stars singing                                           
across the wheeling night
planets wildly flinging.
joyous stars singing
and angel voices ringing
filling earth with light.
joyous stars singing
across the wheeling night

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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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No Hurries

I’ve given up on Christmas shopping … too hectic, and too stressful. So,
in this time of looking for peace and quiet, I’m doing the simple thing …

NO HURRIES

no inching through
long lines of traffic                            

no worried look
at gift-giving list

no pushing my way
through anxious crowds

no trying to reach
that on sale item

no hurried check
if the price is high

I’m gathering online
gifts this year

giving myself
the gift of peace

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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, May 2016.

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Advent Journey

It’s that time of preparation, for Christmas, for the turn of the year. It’s a time of looking inward and wondering about the past and the future, contemplating change … or not …

WATCH-NIGHT

we watch the candle                                   
burn the night
and itself

we watch the clock
turn minutes
into hours

we watch, wait
until darkness turns
to Christmas dawn

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photo by Gillian Leverkus

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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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