To Preserve

I’ve been inundated with zucchini, apples, pears, plums … which is great! The larder is getting full to bursting and I’m ready for a rest …

TO PRESERVE

plums tumble                                                
out of summer
down misted nights
into cold-fingered fall

flushed with purple
they slip
into September
to weight my hands
with jam

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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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Another Jack

Schools are back in the swing and I’m wondering if nursery rhymes are still sung or said at home or school, pre-school or kindergarten. Here’s a medley of lines from some of the more famous, or not, from childhood …

ANOTHER JACK

little Jack Horner
sat in a corner
and killed the rat                                      
that worried the cat
who nicked Lucy’s locket
from her missing pocket
which Tom the piper’s son
stole for a bit of fun
as the clock struck one
and the mouse ran down
straight through town
into Mother Hubbard’s
ill-stocked cupboard

a dappled grey horse
who ran a straight course
but whose long brown head
was made of gingerbread
by the old woman whose shoe
had a wide chimney flue
that went in and out the Eagle
where up popped the weasel

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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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Void Your Visa

School supplies, fall fashions, latest cars (or last year’s models), all marked down, so they say, for quick sale. I’ve reached the point where I don’t see the ads, my eyes just slide on by, though this might get my attention …

VOID YOUR VISA

sale price
get tickets now                                 
seats still available

watch Pleiades leap
Hesperus caper
Aldebaran shimmy

all the fun of the space
age    a star-studded
nebula-encrusted programme
set out in macrocosm
for your entertainment
with black holes to consume you
while red giants
and asteroid belts
will keep you safe

terrestrial globes extra
for an astronomic fee
all before the price soars
through the stratosphere

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first published in Short Humour

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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

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2 Triolets

I’ve been somewhat obsessively writing triolets for the last month or so, and here are two of them, the first relates a friend’s sailing adventure with a dog, the second is all about summer! Triolets have a very specific rhyme scheme and I have adhered to it …

THE PASSENGER

they heaved the dog on board               
from the dinghy to the boat
she was old & rather broad
they heaved the dog on board
pushed & strained ’til she soared
as they wanted her afloat
they heaved the dog on board
from the dinghy to the boat

END OF AUGUST

kids playing all along the shore
while adults lie and soak up sun,                         
who, in summer, could want more?
kids playing all along the shore
leaping in the curled waves roar,
knowing that summer’s almost done.
kids playing all along the shore
while adults lie and soak up sun

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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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Those Hidden

I’m not sure if it’s this time of year but I find strange things in my pockets these days: sand, shells, odd bits of string … objects, like
memories, seem to accumulate in odd places …

THOSE HIDDEN

secrets ripen
in my pocket                           

smooth as
tide-tumbled stones

made sticky as
hoarded candy

generosities melt
while white lies cling

I pull at dregs
nurturing the warmth

of each privacy
holding seams so no one

can decipher
my concealments

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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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Plain Sailing

People are out there sailing, big boats, small boats, anything that floats and can carry a sail. We watch them, admire them, would love to be out there on that wide blue ocean. It’s not always that easy, and here
are some of the clichés to prove it …

PLAIN SAILING

he can’t find his sea-legs
because he doesn’t know the ropes      
so has burnt his boats
and gone overboard

been thrown a life-line
as he tries to make up leeway
in the wake of ships in the night
with hatches battened down
stuffed to the gunnels
but is on the wrong tack
and can’t trim his sails
as there’s no one at the helm
and the ship has an uneven keel
and he’ll go down with it
a real nervous wreck
to Davy Jones’ locker

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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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Among Heavenly Bodies

Stars hang clear and bright in these August skies, wonderful for astronomers, ordinary stargazers, and those who long to fly out there
into space … dreamers all …

AMONG HEAVENLY BODIES

two asteroids
trailed by a nova                            
drag me without coffee
through a black hole
to capture earth
in a slam dunk

only one moon in sight
straggling through vapour
looking for its eclipse
before Deneb and Orion
burst their belts
as we hurtle
past planets   stars
and erratic comets
to get stuck in a gas-cloud
foamed out in a latte
with no sugar
on a flying saucer

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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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