Anniversary

We’ve just celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary with close
family and lots of laughter. Great fun. And now for the next 50 …

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ANNIVERSARY

we came hand-in-hand down the aisle
no idea that we would walk into campgrounds      
a city home, and then to an island farm
we didn’t plan ahead, except for kids
we just went where the Spirit led us
to the Colosseum, the Grand Canal
French vineyards, Portuguese castles

fifty years of adventures great and small
walking in Spain or down our driveway
in and out of doctors’ offices
to church, concert, and theatre
it’s been a journey of surprises

enhanced by each together smile
since we first walked down the aisle

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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 Wet Day

Abecedarian poems are fun to write. In this one, the first line begins with ‘z’ and ends with ‘a’ and from there on it follows through the alphabet. I’m not entirely sure that it makes a great deal of sense, as it goes all over the place, but I hope you enjoy reading as much as I did writing …

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A WET DAY

zip goes the umbrella                                              
back to being a broken graphic
dangling in the cloud zone
fibres waterlogged and dripping
heavily on a string bikini

jarring as a roof’s leak
landing in a bowl of aloe cream
needed to foam cheap shampoo
poured into a umiaq
rowed by urgent hands
tapping out a rondeau
vainly on the boat’s bow
x-rated for race-day

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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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Memorable

Certain meals linger in my mind, most of them simple, a few elaborate, wedding dinners definitely! In each case, it’s the event, the people I’m with, a cousin, new friends, old friends, that make the meal, that particular moment, special. Even the smell of the food lingers, with the taste, and surroundings. I’m sure this happens for everyone …

MEMORABLE

asparagus
dripping butter                                                              
onto hot toast

a double cheese pizza
eaten alone
missing him

cheeseburger
and chocolate milkshake
when I landed
Halifax to Vancouver
rejoicing at being
home again

meals that linger
in memory
for the flavours
and the people

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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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Spring is Sprung

Finally. Spring is here, a month late. I’m going to be in the garden as much as possible for the next week. Weeds are running rampant and I want to get the veggie garden in. So much to do, but still time to write, such fun …

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SPRING IS SPRUNG                                                 

blossoms burst rooftops
with an exuberance of colour

sky burns orange yellow
behind a rise of eagles

lilac tosses white perfume
over rainbows of polyanthus

and I transplant seasons
with a swallow’s swoop

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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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Zoned Out

There are moments in life that lift me up beyond where I am to
some other where, a place of extreme delight and joy. I know
this happens to other people, at some point in time and it catches
us all by surprise …

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ZONED OUT

somewhere out west                                  
a taxi-driver sits
in his heated car
and reads poetry
by Emily Dickinson

the orange in his
left hand drips
on the page
and on his wrinkled pants

but his attention
is on the words
that rise up
and fill him
with ecstasy

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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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Blue Wine

When the sun shines directly overhead, sky and sea can merge, spilling mirages over the world. Everything then becomes lit with mystery and magic …

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BLUE WINE                                  

the sea rests
in my cup

I drink salt
and wait for waves
to take me
into the sunset
where I will

drink white wine
while sky spills
over my hands

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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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Song of Mary Magdalene

Easter Sunday coming up. But we have to get through the pain and grief of Good Friday first. It may not be the Christian Good Friday but we all go through suffering and pain at some time or other in our lives, and emerge afterwards to a time of joy. It’s all part of being alive …

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SONG OF MARY MAGDALENE

lilies among the grass                                          
where feet of light walked

blossom on the trees
where hands of joy touched

peace in the garden
where the Gardener is found

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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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