Dental Appointment

I have a very good dentist, I like her and her staff, but I’ve been seeing rather a
lot of them recently. During one session I got caught up in a Skeltonic or tumbling rhyme poem. Just one way to pass the time while I was unable to talk …

DENTAL APPOINTMENT

after the chilling                           
I’m quite willing
to hear the milling
of dental drilling
that’ll do the filling
with the swilling
and the spilling
before the thrilling
final killing
of the billing

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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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Michelangelo’s David

Earth day is coming up on the 22nd  and I’m remembering ten years ago
when we were in Italy and I saw Michelangelo’s gift to us all, David, the real thing, for the first time. Marble from the earth we walk on, made into this statue of such power. I’d grown up with Mother’s art books and knew it only from photos. The reality if incredibly moving …

MICHELANGELO’S DAVID

it’s the right hand that draws my eyes,                
the size of it – bent wrist, curled fingers –
weight of it against supple thigh,
body easily balanced on straight right leg,
the other bent, ready to take a forward step,
penis quiet amid the hair at his young crotch.
my gaze travels up his lean body’s height
past smooth curves of stomach and waist,
taut musculature of hunter’s chest,
to breadth of shepherd’s shoulder,
stretched sinews of his left arm
which hold the sling, close, poised,
while those intent eyes judge
the oncoming champion’s stride.

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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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Tanka on Sky

For the stargazers: the Lyrids meteor shower appears on April 16 – April 26 each year. And the sky has presented us with endless fascination since the beginning of time, through Pythagoras, Galileo, Tycho, Newton, down to today and the Hubble telescope, lunar and solar eclipses …

TANKA ON SKY

sky leaned down                                 
this morning
kissed the earth
and wept
while no one watched

she curled
around a hill-top
clung to crags
and folded herself
about grazing sheep

then wound beams
of blue ribbons
tied her hair
with white bows
and smiled

published in Time of Singing

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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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Friends of Mine

Friends are wonderful people, all of them different, all with odd quirks that I admire or find amusing. I love my friends and try to keep in touch during the year …

FRIENDS OF MINE

carry perfume bottles in pockets
stiffen their bras with paper clips
and drop swear words
with change at the corner-store                   

one wears my t-shirts
on Sundays when I don’t need them –
dyes her hair lime-green
squeezes lemon over pancakes
watches ice-skating at midnight
hugs me when I meet her
down the back lane

another drops poems on wet floors
strews butterflies in my garden
and dances with old men
when snow ploughs come out
to clear the streets at 3 a.m.

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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, May 2016.

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A Ride Into Gethsemane

Good Friday is coming up, with its grief and pain, and we can’t get to Easter without it. Somehow we always go through dark places before we come to the light and joy, but we remember …

A RIDE INTO GETHSEMANE

lean your bike
against an olive tree                                 
notice the dust
skirl as you walk
to where you think
betrayal happened

there’s no sign of prayer
or brandished swords
no words strung on branches
whispering ‘it’s him’

only a flash of wing
as a bird takes flight
a movement of dirt
under the breeze
a shiver in your spine
and sweat on your hands

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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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The Bowl

I have one particular bowl, in use for years, but these days I put my evening meds in it. The memory of its making is a treasure and using it a continual reminder …

THE BOWL

a child’s hands
poked and molded the clay

his face scrunched in absorption                
at the making
and the shaping

until he held it up
eyes alight
“it’s a bowl” he said

for years it held oddments
paperclips   buttons
old pennies
a broken clay mouse

until it came
to be what it is –
the memory of a child

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first published in 7Beats Here and Now

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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Poets Should Write About the Nice Things

I’ve heard poets talk of the subjects they write about and one said something I have used as the title of this week’s poem. It struck me as an odd thing to say. Surely poets should write about anything and everything? I hope you agree with me …

“POETS SHOULD WRITE ABOUT THE NICE THINGS”

what about the teen junkie
who steals because his habit
has outgrown what he can lift                                   
from his mother’s purse

or the girl who breaks
into the neighbour’s house
takes the silver and pawns it
for five bucks to get a toke
what about her? should she be left
out of the picture? out of the poem?

what about the junkie’s dreams of rainbows
cascading down the sky
in kaleidoscopes of chipped colour?
what about the girl’s vision of roses blooming
from a crack pipe on weedy tarmac?
surely these are poems too?

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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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