beach scene

It’s beach time, summer and the lazy days of sun and watching waves
splash on sand. Time to swim or read or do absolutely nothing and all
of it outside, as long as it doesn’t rain …

BEACH SCENE (chain verse)

a single gull hangs above the lake                                   
hovering on the wind’s wild roar
and watches waves

and watches waves curling white, break
against the grey and sandy shore
where a child braves

where a child braves the water’s chill
by dashing in, and out again
it is too cold

it is too cold to be a thrill
though it is July, clouds foretell rain
and blowing cold

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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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Drop Scones

The fun of baking with Grandmother or her sister, the watching, stirring,
smelling, tasting … Such good memories …

DROP SCONES     (Triolet)                                   

not Drop Scones!

 

the recipe came from Great Aunt Bee
who added things while I stirred
as a four-year-old at her knee
while she stood directing me
and I mixed so happily
following her every word
until at last we could agree
all was completely stirred

she dropped them on the griddle
I watched until bubbles hopped
and popped right in the middle
of each scone on the griddle
why it happened was a riddle
but joy to see how batter flopped
back and curled on the griddle
once the bubbles all had popped

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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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Night at Sea

What can happen when you’re sailing at night and the wind
goes from North to South, skies dark. And yes, this actually happened …

NIGHT AT SEA

wind changed
anchor dragged   twice
brought seaweed to the surface               
with a lee shore

gusts directed the sailor
out into dark   bleak
rising swell

an unknown strait
hours to navigate
night and storm
before harbour lights
caught and held
sailor and boat

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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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Lexical

Dictionaries are always useful, good browsing material too. And, just
sometimes, worth playing word-games with …

LEXICAL  (acrostic)

discovering                                       
ideologies
closeted
tidily or
inserted
oddly with
notions
arbitrarily
regularly
yoked

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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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Cloud-land

I haven’t reach the point of dreaming about rain, but almost! We need
it, the land needs it badly …

CLOUD-LAND

a length of cloud                             
reaches down
wraps a roof-line
and takes it   up
into a somewhere
over South Africa

a place where roofs lift
rounded rich with finials
on a road of white sand

I remain standing
in a street
in front of a house
with no roof
and rain falling

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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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In the Heights

There’s something almost ethereal about looking up and watching a building going up, the height, the spaces between studs and rafters …

IN THE HEIGHTS

a hammer holds cloud                              
and studs in place
where men crawl
on scaffolding
tying knots in rafters
against the call of gravity

blue drums them
into construction
one floor at a time
above concrete forms, joists
and particleboard
where they stride the sky
like the bolts of God

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first published by PW Review

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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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Enter Comfort

It’s a weird world right now, talking to a neighbour with the road
between us, spending time on Zoom to be with family and yet there are still joys, if strange ones …

ENTER COMFORT

we close windows
still the birds

barn owls

fly in
settle on furniture
nest in cereal
sing from curtain rails

we learn to live
under the whir of wings
wait for birds to land
on an outstretched hand
talk to us
of distant friends
bringing everyday songs
to calm our tensions
and give us peace

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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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An Old Game

The game of life continues. These days we react and respond at a distance from each other so the results may be different and perhaps hard to take …

AN OLD GAME

bishops, knights
on black and white                                   
not touching

words lift over
mitre and crest
grey the air

castle captured
queen mated king
the rook pawned

ivory on wood
stale smoke blown
from cramped lips

time check-mates
the players
in a final move

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first published in Ken*Again

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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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Music in the House

We’re all caught in the silences of living, with birds caroling outside and music (or TV if that’s your thing) of one sort or another inside …

MUSIC IN THE HOUSE

sounds drop
until the house is littered                 
with broken notes
symphonic or jazz
choral or solo
strewn on shelves
hanging out of drawers
muddled on the floor

I pick them up
dust them off
and they blow about my head
filling this isolation
with hope and joy

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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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For Cyclists

I used to ride a bike, years ago. I admire those who cycle long distances, the Tour de France, Cops for Cancer on Vancouver Island. Now all the house-bound people who are getting out on their bikes, but still keeping their distance …

FOR CYCLISTS

they have so much faith
in the movement of legs
down and around

balance on pedals
under the ball of their feet
the steady pushing down

weight focused easy
from foot to foot  leg to leg
they sit dynamically

urging bodies forward
with continual thrust
against wind   hill or flat

land spinning away beneath
wheels     gears shifted
up or down for maximum

effect and effort while
accommodating breath
handlebars firmly gripped

the long-distance people
watch time    fluid intake
aware of cramp and ache

bodies   minds taking it all
in breathing it out    and
accepting air with heart-beat

cross the line on a drift
check finish time
before sharing triumph

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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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