FaceBook Frazzle

I don’t spend a lot of time of FaceBook though I like following what people are doing, admire the successes, and share the griefs. There are occasions, however, when it drives me nuts …

FACEBOOK FRAZZLE

there’s a pattern                    
to FaceBook that
I lose somewhere
around the third
news item from
a friend
…………I grab
the message   click
‘like’ then add
a comment   get side-
tracked by a ‘share’

can’t find my way
to contribute what
it is that’s on
my mind except to
add a photo four
sizes too big because
I’ve no idea how to
make them smaller
which makes me
just another klutz
beleaguered by
sudden messages
instant ads
who is trying to friend
the friend
of a friend
who knows a friend …

first published on Short Humour

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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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The Annual

It’s the time of year when birds are migrating, trees change colour as they stop storing sugar to begin their resting time. It’s also the season of storms, power-cuts, and other seasonal joys …

THE ANNUAL

I bend and hear
the reeds whisper                           

of mallard and frog
of coot and wind

I crouch listen to
yet more news

they speak of rain
fog and swans

of low-flying geese
and quiet quail

no word of fear
anger or despair

only joys that come
to them each 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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A Litter of Roads

The Anglo-Saxons called this month Gerstmonath, barley month, that being the crop usually harvested at this time. There are two special days to celebrate: Sept.13 is International Chocolate Day and Sept.16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. Definitely we should feast on the 13th, and pray hard on the 16th, even as we go exploring …

A LITTER OF ROADS

runs past my house                           
mapping a landscape

of old mattresses
on sidewalks

medicine cabinets
leaking dosage on weeds

a tricycle falling
on a sandy verge

a wrecked car stares
through hawthorn

candy wrappers gleam
between stream & cedar

these highways
litter-strewn

 

photo by Jon Weston

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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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The Horse

Passing a field with horses in summer is to catch a breath of adventure, or
a sense of when life moved a little more slowly. Or perhaps a sense of
competition, gymkhanas, races … the held breath of watching horses cross
the finish line, another vicarious thrill …

THE HORSE

knee-deep in your wide grey shadow
I lean towards a stand of Queen Anne’s lace

held by tall dry summer grasses                             
trying to reach the height of your neck

beyond me high above sky-touching
I am a blip beneath wide nostrils

a disturbance in your heave of breath
my hair falls forward over my eyes

I want to offer apple or carrot or hay
knee-deep in your wide grey shadow

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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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Typhoon

I’ve seen a funnel cloud on the prairies and, fortunately, we out-ran it.
The devastation can be awful as we’ve all seen on the news …

TYPHOON

the wind razed all
we had … doors

broke down … hinges                          
fell off … one wall

covered in family photos
dissolved in tears

another panelled pale
grey broke into screams

the third one long cupboard
for clothes worn

and forgotten turned red
the fourth a space

once opened to a balcony
where our faces dropped

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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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The Making of Small

Ants, acorns, daisies, all the tiny things that we tend to overlook or take for granted, yet they make up the details of our beautiful world …

THE MAKING OF SMALL

I hold a pebble                      
in my hand

curve fingers
round smoothness

smell the salt
crusted on it

follow the line
of white in grey

like a wave
cresting the beach

know eons erased
the corners and crags

of how God made
this small beauty

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9781771333054_FC</ a>’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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Self Portrait as Thursday

Somehow Thursday never seems to be an important day in the week: in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Arthur Dent says: “This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays”. I’m not sure that I can either as I was born on a Thursday and have, according to the nursery rhyme, ‘far to go’…

SELF-PORTRAIT AS THURSDAY

the day that lisps
towards week’s end

trails behind Wednesday                                   
with my face solemn

as we go around
the world in seconds

with thunder rolling
out behind Thor

who came out of Jupiter
on Juno’s wrong side

and left me spinning
out into space

sketch by E.E. Houghton

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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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