On Getting Dressed

Daylight is extending here in the North but still, getting up, slithering out of a warm bed, and getting dressed, can be stressful, evoking philosophical thoughts …

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ON GETTING DRESSED

I struggle into underwear                       img_9553-12-7-16-blog
of secret hopes   fears
embarrassments

shrug into work shirt
so that others may know
my day is not idle

step into jeans that I
may stride from sink
to workshop accidents

remember watch   rings
earrings that I may be
decorated with fantasy

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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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3 Ice Haiku

We’ve been in a deep freeze for days. I’ve enjoyed huddling
over the computer,  or a wood-stove, and considering the world from
inside. We keep the birds fed and hope they are warm too …

 

a white chair                                  4673-12-12-11-chair-in-ice-blog
caught in the ice –
no fishing

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blue sky
a red mitten
under ice

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my feet
crack ice –
overcast sky

 

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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Cosmic

I don’t make New Year resolutions (my resolution is not to make them) but I’ve been pondering my place in the universe, myself a micro-dot in the scale of the cosmos. I have no conclusion except that I do have a place, however small, that I belong, as everyone does …

COSMIC

I re-arrange the air around me                     img_9583-12-10-16-blog
pile it on my hands
balance it on my head
lick small drops

the smell of starlight
leaves me wondering
is anything left on earth
I should taste   touch    hear?

a single hair floats onto my leg
creating an explosion
of weight on my skin

I lift the hair
in order to understand how
the cosmos leans on me
day after 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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Angels and Shepherds

Christmas Day has come and gone, but the story continues, and continues to engage us in mystery and wonder. And, to keep the fun and glory of it, try my favourite flash mob, of the Hallelujah Chorus at a Food Court  …

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ANGELS AND SHEPHERDS

angels fell                                                           728-9-10-14-embleton-bb-blog
out of stars
into firelight

they caught
calloused voices
and held a sheepfold
in their wings
until
human fear undone
they released
the song of heaven

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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 Long Wait

Happy Solstice! When the days begin to lengthen up here in the North. There’s anticipation for more light each day, and for The Day, for what happens … for gifts, surprises, family being together, for all the joy. There is sadness too, people who have left or died, but the Birth remains …

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THE LONG WAIT                                50031343976__sunrise-gillian-blog

stable warm
stable bright

we’ll watch
for sunset

wait for sunrise
all night long

for the Child
to come

 

photo by Gillian Leverkus

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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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Getting Ready

I have started preparations for Christmas, but there’s a whole lot
more to be done. I’ve made lists of gifts to be mailed or given, some of
the baking is in the freezer, but …

GETTING READY

I write the annual
Christmas letter                                                  img_9533-11-13-16-blog
to tell friends
family overseas
how the year
has expanded us

cards are written
gifts purchased
cookies baked
the star hung
where we can
see and remember
the why of
these rituals

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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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The Gentleman in Red

Both Santa Claus and Father Christmas derived in part from the Dutch Sinterklaas, or Saint Nicholas, whose day was celebrated yesterday in the Netherlands. Children there put out a clog filled with hay and a carrot for his horse the night before, an idea that appeals to me, maybe we should do this for the reindeer …

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THE GENTLEMAN IN RED

we’ve seen prints
in wet earth where deer
run in pairs at night
and found a length of harness                 286-house-on-costello-blog
caught in a cedar tree
high among ribbons of frost

last night an empty stocking
hung from a branch of the pear tree
beside the driveway
and I found a mandarin orange
under a rhubarb leaf

a friend hinted at presents
wrapped with tucked bows
lying on her doorstep
but I didn’t belief her
until I saw a strand of white hair
wrapped around the door knob

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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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