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By Rote

As a child I learned a lot by rote, mostly poems, but they have all vanished with the years. Now I have trouble remembering the list of what I need to do today … A BY ROTE does it matter … Continue reading

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The Pause

The comma claims three columns of explanation in Fowler’s Modern English Usage. Apparently the comma comes to us from the Greek, meaning ‘piece cut off’ and was first used in English in the sixteenth century. There’s lots more information but … Continue reading

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An Ordinary Man

Remembrance Day is coming up, and I wonder about my father, who died in Normandy, June 1944: what kind of man he would have been if he had survived the war? Was he changed by his experiences of the desert, … Continue reading

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Ain’t Nuttin’ To It

Given a sunny day, a bit of catchy music, and there’s a dancing man on a deserted patio, with friends to join the fun … AIN’T NUTTIN’ TO IT bag-eared king with white plastic throne                  bare-kneed shirt flapping plucks guitar-strings … Continue reading

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The Spinet

New! ‘A BEDROOM OF SEARCHLIGHTS‘: poetry, being launched on May 26 at the Mill Bay Library as part of the ‘Author Appreciation Night’. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled … Continue reading

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Drawn into Words

I’ve written poetry all my life, starting when I was about six. Poetry first, short or long stories, whatever it takes to string one word after another … DRAWN INTO WORDS the first seduction –                     a line of ecstatic red … Continue reading

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Varied Journeys

It’s our anniversary today. It’ll be a quiet celebration, heart-felt just the same. We’re together and that’s what counts. I wrote this poem for our fortieth and it still holds true … A VARIED JOURNEYS how far did we promise?                          … Continue reading

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