Category Archives: hope

The Backend

These days between Christmas and the new year, especially as someone who does not ‘do’ shopping, feel a little unusual to me this year. This year, with its higher than average temperature, has not even felt much like midwinter. My thoughts … Continue reading

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…in mind of Maya Angelou

I looked out of the window this afternoon at a leaden sky and was immediately reminded of the first lines of Maya Angelou’s poem ‘Greyday’… ‘The day hangs heavy Loose and grey…’ …and the afternoon did indeed feel loose and … Continue reading

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Big Balls

No – I am not being rude, but I had the funniest one-to-one Pilates class last week…my first encounter with a session including a big exercise ball. Until six months ago I was walking with a stick and was diagnosed … Continue reading

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Catch Up

With 48 of the required 50 poems for my next collection complete, I took a week off…and invited my mother to stay. I had few expectations of the fun factor the week would hold, but had a pleasant surprise. We … Continue reading

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Perfect words…

Go to and link your poem to go with the brilliant photo prompt above, provided this week by Rob Hanson…go on…do it… Perfect Words If I hold that dusty bakelite cup close to my mouth and murmur perfect words … Continue reading

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Another short list…

One day I will make the final cut…I really would like it to be this time. I have just heard that I have been short listed to become one of the BT London 2012 storytellers.  ( ) I registered … Continue reading

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I place my heart

Finish the provided the first line for this poem, and while I was considering it I was hearing of increased bombing in Libya and the death of two more soldiers in Afghanistan. I place my heart in the hands … Continue reading

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