This Long Week

Christmas lasts for a full twelve days, but there’s just one week between Christmas and New Year and I’m never sure whether I should be watching Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or playing party games …

THIS LONG WEEK

Christmas bells still ring
with the angels’ carol                                           

but each day is tied
with ribbons   streamers

each minute wears a hat
blows a noise-maker

hours prance and dance
through light and dark

as people join hands
around the world

in the midnight song
‘Auld Lang Syne’

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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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Christmas Eve

Christmas is just over the horizon and, of course, all shopping is done, baking finished … hopefully! But the celebration is coming, complete with solstice, new baby, angels and shepherds. What more can one ask?…

CHRISTMAS EVE   (Triolet)

joyous stars singing                                           
across the wheeling night
planets wildly flinging.
joyous stars singing
and angel voices ringing
filling earth with light.
joyous stars singing
across the wheeling night

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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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No Hurries

I’ve given up on Christmas shopping … too hectic, and too stressful. So,
in this time of looking for peace and quiet, I’m doing the simple thing …

NO HURRIES

no inching through
long lines of traffic                            

no worried look
at gift-giving list

no pushing my way
through anxious crowds

no trying to reach
that on sale item

no hurried check
if the price is high

I’m gathering online
gifts this year

giving myself
the gift of 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, May 2016.

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Advent Journey

It’s that time of preparation, for Christmas, for the turn of the year. It’s a time of looking inward and wondering about the past and the future, contemplating change … or not …

WATCH-NIGHT

we watch the candle                                   
burn the night
and itself

we watch the clock
turn minutes
into hours

we watch, wait
until darkness turns
to Christmas dawn

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photo by Gillian Leverkus

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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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Exchanging wonder

I’ve encountered deer face to face, almost nose to nose, bear, raccoon, and other wild life, and each meeting is a curious thrill, a wonder at the differences between animals, birds, fish, and mortals …

EXCHANGING WONDER

a bird bangs
against the window                                  

startled I find myself
staring a robin

eye to eye
through glass

does the bird ponder
my flying fingers

on the keyboard
while I marvel

at the lift of wing
as he soars away

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first published in Leaves of Ink

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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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Help Wanted

The computer crashed and, once again, I’m caught in a confused morass
of ignorance (on my part) of what to do when the hard drive is re-established … sigh ….

HELP WANTED

it opens a grey mouth
masticates files                                           
swallows the chewed relics
into a wired cauldron
of bytes   chips   urls
swirling in a gastric fugue

I fish with inexpert fingers
for a folder   hoping the monster
will regurgitate poetry

instead     lines     an arrow
a nothing instruction
which leads me to the phone
and a request for friendly
help

 

First published by Short Humour

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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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With Nothing to Hold Onto

There are days when I wonder if I have done anything at all, yet I’ve been busy, the hours have flown by, but what can I see that I’ve accomplished? A poem or two, some critiquing, emails …

WITH NOTHING TO HOLD ONTO

what good is a day                            
folded in half
with two bites taken?

how do I open
it up
to get inside?

it closes
without seconds
or minutes

I can’t open the hours
from the inside
shake out feathers
put clean sheets
over the gaps
and have dinner
within them

perhaps I can
laugh myself
back into yesterday
then tear off
the edges and make
an empty tomorrow

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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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