Poems

Oh dear

13 June 2015 9:00 am

How many times these days I say those words, Muttering them quietly under my breath Or petulantly as the telephone…

Relief

23 May 2015 9:00 am

To draw conclusions from the precise force Exerted by a handshake or a kiss Is to confuse a delta’s civilities…

This is May

2 May 2015 9:00 am

The soot sunk clouds have gone — to blacken someone else’s landscape. The tugging, ripping, girl-fight wind that stole the…

Sign of the Vulcan

25 April 2015 9:00 am

She was considered the cleverest girl in the school, and deservedly so, and as such started the lower sixth with…

A Moment

4 April 2015 9:00 am

There it is, the wren. Keep still. Breathe in. The tiny bird with stumpy tail has landed near the windowsill…

Stolen Kisses

21 March 2015 9:00 am

This elfin child was taken into care, And maintenance devolved upon the State. His whimpering mother was inadequate, His father…

Adam and Eve Take an Allotment

14 March 2015 9:00 am

The figure in the shadows stared at Eve And shook the beans inside the bag. ‘Believe Me, crops of serpentini…

Up at the Villa

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Figs, lemons, almonds and holidaymakers, the fronds of palms and those fierce plants whose sharp extrusions in place of leaves,…

Small things in the cathedral

28 February 2015 9:00 am

A place to see the little things between the monuments and tombs. As in the chapel of St Gabriel, a…

Annie’s Fish

21 February 2015 9:00 am

It hangs, a mobile in the stairwell, always in motion however slight. Each silver scale as it sparkles there a…

Bolivia

14 February 2015 9:00 am

for Lucy Dallas Because they wanted to go home and some bit part, a rat in deep cover, raised the…

Study

31 January 2015 9:00 am

I’d tell you I came back here, that I’m writing in this room, if you had not found another and…

The Deer

24 January 2015 9:00 am

In the summer fields your life left you. She ran out from under the hood of your heart and tottered…

Bike

17 January 2015 9:00 am

I sold the sleek black bike you said I should buy. My special treat, in the shop, on my own,…

Stalker

10 January 2015 9:00 am

The moon comes knocking on our door; a slavish stalker who hangs around all night. The slowest of walkers, he…

Solitude

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Together, they wrote a book. Its title was Solitude, orEvery Man his own Hermit. They wrote alternate chapters in a…

Into the Night

6 December 2014 9:00 am

You fling yourself out the door into the wind and start to row yourself down the steep hill with your…

The Imagined Day

22 November 2014 9:00 am

The imagined day includes sunshine and shopping And people saying Yes and being on my side. There’ll also be traffic…

The Seabirds

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Out on the crumbling landscape’s farthest edge, Their winter journey starts, and while I know Some names, I can’t recall…

Winter Words

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Calendar pages: one scrumpled day dies in a garden spun to fools’ gold, where wind mews over twigs and bones…

Monsieur Clermont

18 October 2014 9:00 am

That August, in La France Profonde, the frelons were out in force, honey-gold cruisers of late summer air, their poigniards…

Serenade

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Come to the garden, that familiar place Where life renews itself against all odds. Untightening buds act out their memory,…

The soul, a poem, John Whitworth

27 September 2014 8:00 am

The soul is like a little mouse. He hides inside the body’s house With anxious eyes and twitchy nose As…

Mr Dixon

20 September 2014 9:00 am

I can’t think of anyone else still alive who knew him, and could reminisce with me about his special kindness,…

Sometimes it’s Better to Give than to Receive

13 September 2014 9:00 am

I can see your teeth clench with rage at the gift I have pressed on you, which manoeuvres you into…