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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Procrastination

Getting ready for Christmas takes a l-o-n-g time, at least it does for me, months in fact. And, of course, life goes on and daily life has to be taken care of so I get disorganized and do things in the wrong order …

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PROCRASTINATION

I pause to crochet an angel                                   img_9490-10-9-16-blog
for a Christmas stocking
and, once again, I’m late

late for an appointment
because I wanted to write
a poem about you and the moon

delayed by needing to sew
a button on the plaid shirt
I should throw out

delayed by a phone call
from a foreign sales rep
I didn’t need to answer

one of these days I will have
a reasonable excuse for being late
until then I’ll crochet angels

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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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On Stage

Going to the theatre is always such fun. But I wonder sometimes about the actors, how they feel when they’re on stage, what it’s like when the curtain comes down, when the run of the play is over …

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ON STAGE

the curtain rises                                             img_6296_1-4-09-silhouettes-outside-face-to-face-blog
…lowers as actors
steal their moment

applause echoes
…while action
closes in their hands

they become
…who they are
their names defined

lights dim and the set
…draws to itself
as voices fade

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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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Traffic Senryu

We’re so used to traffic, trucks, vans, buses, and cars, that it’s easy to forget how small moments can make poetry. Take a moment as you read these senryu to capture the scene …

flies at the car window nosey parkers

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holding hands                                         img_7924-as-rental-blog
at the traffic light –
my grandson

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he takes a curve
too fast
I brake

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the car won’t start writer’s block

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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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An Ordinary Man

Remembrance Day is coming up, and I wonder about my father, who died in Normandy, June 1944: what kind of man he would have been if he had survived the war? Was he changed by his experiences of the desert, by fighting …

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AN ORDINARY MAN                        05-ranville-graves-blog

if my father
had come back
from the war

he might have
cut the grass
read to his kids
cut dead peonies

continued to write
novels or versed
posies’ with ‘roses
moon’ with ‘June

he could have                                                     084-8-10-13-blog
become a Friday
night beer man
loaned his gun
to a neighbour
who wanted
to shoot crows
at dawn

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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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Making Hummus

Cooking can be trial and error, depending on whether one has all the ingredients and whether the recipe can be trusted. Recently I found myself working from four different recipes to get a result I liked; my language was colourful to put it mildly as I struggled to work out what to do …

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MAKING HUMMUS

should it be nineteen ounces                         img_9486-10-6-16-blog
or two cups    of chick peas?

none of the recipes agree
on amounts or ingredients

so I try a third  a fourth
none of them the same

by teaspoons or tablespoons
so I pick from one recipe or another

to create a version of my own
which tastes very good indeed

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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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Spectral Cinders

Hallowe’en next week, when ghosts, goblins and other strange visions abound. Really weird encounters occur on the street, or at the door, at this time of year and leave one pondering …

SPECTRAL CINDERS

surprised by time                                             239-10-21-13
ghosts pick fairy-tale slippers
out of midnight

wait on ladders
for the unwary to pass beneath
and catch an hour’s witching
before stallions turn to rats
and the prince comes
with a turned horseshoe

his princess, riches to rags
spectral in cinders                                                      img_5653-2-18-12
wails at her sisters
who drift the staircase
looking for shoes tossed
before midnight struck them
dead on the ballroom floor

phantoms shake the clock’s
black minutes and join hands
in a clap of magic

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first published in Whistling Shade

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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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