On The Water

Time on the water, sailing, rowing, kayaking, rowing … Or just in the water, paddling, swimming … It’s summer and the best way to cool off is to be in or on water …

ON THE WATER

canoes bob on summer’s lake                  
trailing grass. tendrils float loose

arms pull paddles through weed
water-boatmen skim opaque surfaces

hands strain downward. catch fronds
while eyes close on thrusting beams

plunge down. down among glimpsed fish
murk stirred by the paddling of ducks

shadows stretch to the swimmer
as sunlight streaks tanned flesh

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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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Ottawa to Victoria

It’s the season for crossing the country from one side to the other to visit family. Always special times, no matter whether it’s just to sit and gab or for a wedding! These occasions are special, and we record them on Iphones, cameras, in journals …

OTTAWA TO VICTORIA

the line between one photograph
& the next phrased in black & white   
summer’s neon smiles    ……guaranteed
against the curtained backdrop
where three generations stand
before breaking into laughter
congratulations blending
with this wedded gathering
before flight over mountains
chasmed by rivers of snow
familiar as the cragged peaks
before the flat-land drones
into forest & capital city
where we have electronic links
from here to pictured there

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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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Coffee Break

Sunshine; workers on the roof of a construction site, others inside,
away from sweat and sunburn. Time to take a break …

COFFEE BREAK

empty chairs against the wall
wait for worn work-boots

tired bodies lean into bent metal
tilt metal legs and stretch out
reach for a soda     raise a laugh

turn the world right-side up
select winning team and m.v.p.
bury politicians in old smoke
add fish tales to high glory
until its time to let the chairs
rest again

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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 Best

Its Mixed Race Day in Brazil and, being English, French, Scots, and Irish myself, beside being very much Canadian, I like the idea of celebrating this day. With all that I’m remembering a meal I had years ago when we were on holiday, touring the Eastern Provinces, it was a celebration in itself: the taste lingers, the view, the atmosphere, never to be forgotten ………

THE BEST

a crab-burger
in Neil’s Harbour –                 

I taste sky
ocean     gulls

a single boat
heading in
round the point

while I bite
into 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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P’s and Q’s

Today is International World refugee day, and I like the idea of that, inviting people, countries, to take in those in need of safety. Not that today’s poem is advocating a safe life, rather I’m recommending that we go a little wild …

P’S AND Q’S

lock that voice in a closet

V. two cyclists

throw the key out
don’t listen when she tells you
to mind p’s and q’s

hornpipe on the roof
hopscotch down the lane
sing to cyclists
pay double for coffee
buy lunch for a stranger
wear scarlet and orange
stripes to church
dye your hair
any colour but ordinary
be loud and clear
: drink deep joy

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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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This Morning

Today is Inventors’ Day in Hungary, and I like the sound of that, a special day for those who try to improve our world. A day when I’m taking just an ordinary morning walk, nothing special to see, but one of those days when the light is clean, the sounds are clear, and I deeply appreciate health, home, happiness, what more can anyone ask? …

THIS MORNING

I walked a mile around the lake
climbed the stile, went through a field         
watched a garden reptile slide
into a pile of rotting twigs

listened to a crow calling from the firs
heard a vireo singing not far off
while the hedgerow rustled close at hand
and a vole poked a twitching snout

I circled through dim woodland
where pigeons coo’d in alder trees
caught glimpses of blue through branches
and came to the view of home once more

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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, 2016.

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He Married

This month, whose birth flowers are rose and honeysuckle, tends to be a time of weddings, in churches, balloons, on mountain tops, or sports fields … i.e. often in strange places. Customs vary and people add their own twist to the ordinary to make the occasion special and fun …

HE MARRIED

when I wasn’t looking
scarpered over the hill
with a Lancashire girl
to the town hall
where he banked roses                           
on the side-walk
hurled white ribbons
from church steeples
tied her in satin
a length of pearls
and Victorian lace
pulled her beside him
into a red Rolls Royce
and drove to Scotland
lost in highland storms
while we hunted
the South Coast
on a trail of confetti

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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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