Map of the world

We live on a spinning globe, and sometimes it seems as if our own private world in spinning too, but out of control … though it’s never quite like that …

MAP OF THE WORLD

time spins on its axis
mapped for each individual            
with continents of memory
oceans of thanksgiving

hours tilt to longitudes
of personality
latitudes of growth
the poles darkened
by grief
all bound by an
equator of joy

 

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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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Snowed in

I love to watch snow falling, such a peaceful thing to do, so quiet,
the world hushed, traffic minimal. I’m not keen on driving or walking in the stuff, but it’s there, crunching, crusty underfoot …

SNOWED IN

I watch angels                                      
shed feathers
all day

hear the hush
of flight
past my windows

know the alleluia
feel of being
snowed in

stuck with words
that settle into poems
on cold earth

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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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The New Year

Happy New Year!!! New Year traditions are as varied as resolutions (I don’t make them), always interesting and fun, not always healthy but who cares? …

THE NEW YEAR

photo by Andrew Weston

bannock in Ireland
grapes in Spain
with wassail in England
first-footing in Scotland

resolutions everywhere
with kisses for strangers
filled cupboards for the future
with debts paid
and an empty suitcase in hand

what jugglers of superstition
we can be when the horn sounds
the calendar turns
and we dive into another year

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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 man behind her

Joseph seems to disappear in the Christmas story, barely a mention of him, yet think of his worries as they went to Bethlehem, him leading the donkey, his pregnant wife riding. Then, his wife going into labour in a
stable of all places …

THE MAN BEHIND HER

from the Jane Hapley collection

– look again
he’s there head bent
to the new baby

they said he was
too old for fathering
been working too long
shown white-haired
stooped but caring

yet Mary wanted
to live with his eyes
the warmth of his body
the touch of his hands
– she knew his youth

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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 Mary Window

It’s not just Mary that we remember during these days, there’s Joseph too though he gets very little attention. But anyway today, it’s Mary …

THE MARY WINDOW

she’s held                                    
in stained glass

young woman
captivated by
wide-winged angel

head bent
she listens
oblivious to
her background
of desert hills

she     focal point
of  angel
king and shepherd
unaware of them all

she steps
from the frame
into our lives

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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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Advent Candles

The time to listen, to be aware, that it’s not simply Christmas with all its busyness but the coming of a Child …

ADVENT  CANDLES

listen to the prophets speaking             
speaking of a child to come
Child to be both Priest and King
Listen to the prophets’ word

Angels dancing in the flame
Of a fire lit by God
Angels singing of a Name
That is now in the world

Shepherds come a-carolling
Amongst the ice-bare trees
Singing of the winter Child
They know is heaven’s King

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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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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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