2 Triolets

I’ve been somewhat obsessively writing triolets for the last month or so, and here are two of them, the first relates a friend’s sailing adventure with a dog, the second is all about summer! Triolets have a very specific rhyme scheme and I have adhered to it …

THE PASSENGER

they heaved the dog on board               
from the dinghy to the boat
she was old & rather broad
they heaved the dog on board
pushed & strained ’til she soared
as they wanted her afloat
they heaved the dog on board
from the dinghy to the boat

END OF AUGUST

kids playing all along the shore
while adults lie and soak up sun,                         
who, in summer, could want more?
kids playing all along the shore
leaping in the curled waves roar,
knowing that summer’s almost done.
kids playing all along the shore
while adults lie and soak up sun

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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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Those Hidden

I’m not sure if it’s this time of year but I find strange things in my pockets these days: sand, shells, odd bits of string … objects, like
memories, seem to accumulate in odd places …

THOSE HIDDEN

secrets ripen
in my pocket                           

smooth as
tide-tumbled stones

made sticky as
hoarded candy

generosities melt
while white lies cling

I pull at dregs
nurturing the warmth

of each privacy
holding seams so no one

can decipher
my concealments

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Plain Sailing

People are out there sailing, big boats, small boats, anything that floats and can carry a sail. We watch them, admire them, would love to be out there on that wide blue ocean. It’s not always that easy, and here
are some of the clichés to prove it …

PLAIN SAILING

he can’t find his sea-legs
because he doesn’t know the ropes      
so has burnt his boats
and gone overboard

been thrown a life-line
as he tries to make up leeway
in the wake of ships in the night
with hatches battened down
stuffed to the gunnels
but is on the wrong tack
and can’t trim his sails
as there’s no one at the helm
and the ship has an uneven keel
and he’ll go down with it
a real nervous wreck
to Davy Jones’ locker

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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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Among Heavenly Bodies

Stars hang clear and bright in these August skies, wonderful for astronomers, ordinary stargazers, and those who long to fly out there
into space … dreamers all …

AMONG HEAVENLY BODIES

two asteroids
trailed by a nova                            
drag me without coffee
through a black hole
to capture earth
in a slam dunk

only one moon in sight
straggling through vapour
looking for its eclipse
before Deneb and Orion
burst their belts
as we hurtle
past planets   stars
and erratic comets
to get stuck in a gas-cloud
foamed out in a latte
with no sugar
on a flying saucer

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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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I Spill

Endless blue skies, with heat, water shortage, and I can only write
about blue … and more blue …

I SPILL

royal blue words
as soprano rises cerulean            

falls below navy blue
arcs up then beyond
through aquamarine
turquoise    cobalt

shades of passion
blending as swiftly
as the flow of tides
that wash depression
into a cyan heaven
where laughter thrills
in the clash of sapphires

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Back In Time

Our local museum is a place of wonders, all kinds of antiques, photos,
jewellery, costumes, well organized and attractive. Well worth a visit …

BACK IN TIME

for a modest fee
you can wander into
our local museum

hold an antique brooch         
in your hand  or hear
the old piano played

by a ghostly pianist
who releases tunes
that linger in the air

worn hammers
with moth-eaten felts
hit the strings

unevenly and yet
my heart sings
with the old music

and my feet itch
to step lightly in
an old-fashioned waltz

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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 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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