Rental

What does a room remember about who has lived there? Does it hold onto
one tenant more than another? Haunt another? Is it inviting to one and all? …

RENTAL

a rented room wears hats
without knowing who hung them
on which hook                                            

the room known by worn-out shoes
uneasy carpets
and the stain on the counter
where a pot of burning oil
lost its contents and shed flesh
before the fire truck arrived

it is a room where strangers
live without invitation
a place of NSF cheques
unwashed shirts
the place I met you beside a torn dictionary
and emptied words onto your plate
because I couldn’t afford a Kraft dinner

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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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Street Dance

I love street musicians, their confidence, willingness to make light
of an ordinary morning, bring an element of fun to the day. And sometimes
someone will move to the music, sway, tap, or dance …

STREET DANCE

guitar & sax                                  
sound a fanfare

flood of sunlight
sears the pavement

two boys leap
jazz beat

gutter & sidewalk
laughter rising

wall-throb
as rhythm breaks

pedestrians to
a thousand guilts

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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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3 Random Senryu

The senryu that follow are random thoughts, memories, jottings made over
the day while staring at rain and a dripping gutter: everyday meanders against a background of ordinary West Coast weather …

 

initials carved                                   
on a school desk –
social studies

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prayer flags flutter
outside the window –
I count my blessings

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my changed perspective –
the curtain shifts
in a draught

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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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On White Dunes

Remembrance Day, November 11th, is fast approaching. I’ve been reading my father’s poetry, and thinking of him. He died in Normandy, June 1944. His poems reveal how soldiers carry homes, families, their past, close to their hearts …

ON WHITE DUNES

‘… a solitary ring plover,                                   
Small and plump and coloured
– Black and white and red –
Surprising as a toy of painted wood.’
John Jarmain

between the ocean and the desert
a stray plover
from Scotland’s Moray Firth
foraged on the dunes of El Alamein

it took Father from rumbling tanks
and the smoking wrecks of jeeps
to where children played
under apple trees

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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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Beyond

November’s birthstone is the Topaz, in particular the yellow stone; the  flower is chrysanthemum (I love the rich copper coloured ones). There are several days, apart from Remembrance Day, to notice: the 13th is World Kindness Day; the 14th is World Diabetes Day; and November 25 is Teachers’ Day in Indonesia. Perhaps the last should be honoured all over the world as well …

BEYOND                                      

hours fall
outside the window
in bright
yellow increments

bronzed minutes
carpet the patio
waiting to be swept
into winter

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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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These Hallowed Evenings

Halloween coming up: ghosts and goblins, witches and other scaries, will
haunt our streets, begging for candy. A time for thinking of those who
have died, those memories that remain with us, in this celebration of
ancient beliefs …

THESE HALLOWED EVENINGS

the streaming branches of October                   
witches grasp spinal curves

pumpkins blackened by moon fire
grimaces sculptured for future ghosts

cobwebs trail from ivied doorposts
threads clinging to cheek and jaw

ghoulish sounds wander country roads
rattled boos linger graveyards

a scribbling of snow on tarmac
swept sideways through broken fencing

a slink of cats on ridged roofs
parades of lurking children

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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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Garlic Soup

Garlic. I’ve just planted the bulbs for next year. I love it and add it most main dishes. It’s incredibly nutritious and healthy: it enhances energy, lowers blood pressure, strengthens bones, improves cholesterol levels, fights colds, and promotes health and wellness throughout the body. What more can anyone ask? So here’s a recipe for garlic soup, apparently guaranteed to cure a hangover …

GARLIC SOUP

take one cup of garlic cloves
peel them with a flick
of thumb or knife                                    

peel and chop
one cup of potatoes
with one cup
of chopped carrots

put all of the above
into four cups of stock
or plain water

bring to a boil
and simmer
for approximately
25 minutes
purée and yum …

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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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