3-Bird Haiku

Chickadees, juncos, nuthatches, all familiar at our feeder, with woodpeckers and others. I keep the nut-feeder going all year (inaccessible to squirrels), but discontinue the seeds for the summer …

a pair of towhees
at the feeder                           
maples in flower

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a bluebird
on the fence post –
sunrise aria

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a bird house
made of driftwood –
the spider’s web

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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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Attention Span

At some time we all have to wait in an airport, for an arrival, or to go somewhere special. We become members of line-ups, check points, controls … spend time gazing into space, day dreaming, frustrated, or accustomed …

ATTENTION SPAN

she stares into a tunnel of space                 
while leaning on a luggage cart
just one of the crowd
at the airport ticket counter

we wait      bored
tickets clasped for efficiency
passport in pocket
anticipation on hold
for the machine that will lift
into cloud and take us
where she is going

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first published in Ken*Again

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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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In The Orchestra

Concerts with choir and orchestra are a joy. My husband and one son
sing in choirs, sharing the joy with enthusiasm. I try to get to
their concerts, love to be there …

IN THE ORCHESTRA

the violinist lifts her bow
eyes intent on the manuscript                                 
and begins an adagio
in harmony

the music brings my dreams to light
airy as a clear summer day
when wind lifts sparrows into flight
in harmony

the double bass comes in deep  slow
the clarinet high and falling
underscored by the warm cello
in harmony

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first published in Ken*Again

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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 Casual Garden

I’m busy planning my garden; I’m not a formal gardener, tulips don’t suit me as they stand too straight, like guardsmen, and always seem to be planted in rigid
rows. So, give me winding paths, flowers casually grown, and the occasional weed …

THE CASUAL GARDEN

I have renounced laundered lawns     
with hefty box hedges
waived weedless borders
and nit-picking knot gardens

rather I have salients of salal
kinnickinnick and chicory
bracken with scattered foxgloves
violets under sword ferns

replete with voles   field-mice
raccoons   garter snakes
choruses of chickadees
dance of deer and slink of mink

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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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Dental Appointment

I have a very good dentist, I like her and her staff, but I’ve been seeing rather a
lot of them recently. During one session I got caught up in a Skeltonic or tumbling rhyme poem. Just one way to pass the time while I was unable to talk …

DENTAL APPOINTMENT

after the chilling                           
I’m quite willing
to hear the milling
of dental drilling
that’ll do the filling
with the swilling
and the spilling
before the thrilling
final killing
of the billing

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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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Michelangelo’s David

Earth day is coming up on the 22nd  and I’m remembering ten years ago
when we were in Italy and I saw Michelangelo’s gift to us all, David, the real thing, for the first time. Marble from the earth we walk on, made into this statue of such power. I’d grown up with Mother’s art books and knew it only from photos. The reality if incredibly moving …

MICHELANGELO’S DAVID

it’s the right hand that draws my eyes,                
the size of it – bent wrist, curled fingers –
weight of it against supple thigh,
body easily balanced on straight right leg,
the other bent, ready to take a forward step,
penis quiet amid the hair at his young crotch.
my gaze travels up his lean body’s height
past smooth curves of stomach and waist,
taut musculature of hunter’s chest,
to breadth of shepherd’s shoulder,
stretched sinews of his left arm
which hold the sling, close, poised,
while those intent eyes judge
the oncoming champion’s stride.

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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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Tanka on Sky

For the stargazers: the Lyrids meteor shower appears on April 16 – April 26 each year. And the sky has presented us with endless fascination since the beginning of time, through Pythagoras, Galileo, Tycho, Newton, down to today and the Hubble telescope, lunar and solar eclipses …

TANKA ON SKY

sky leaned down                                 
this morning
kissed the earth
and wept
while no one watched

she curled
around a hill-top
clung to crags
and folded herself
about grazing sheep

then wound beams
of blue ribbons
tied her hair
with white bows
and smiled

published in Time of Singing

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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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