Tag Archives: natural world

A Tête-à-Tête under a pearl sky

In the words of Shelley: “The cold earth slept below; Above the cold sky shone…” … and flowering long before its time, this little narcissus. Damp and bedraggled it may be but light from its petals shines out. Crouched beneath a bare, … Continue reading

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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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Poetry Workshop at Watt’s Gallery, Compton

  I am leading a poetry workshop at the Watt’s Gallery in Compton Surrey. It is a unique setting in the Surrey Hills and if you have never visited you have an amazing treat in store. G F Watts was a … Continue reading

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Olympic Storyteller – latest challenge

The latest challenge for the BT Olympic Storytellers was to pin down what puts the Great in Great Britain and to describe our greatest team for 2012. My piece was commended….so just off the podium this time! London 2012…the Greatest … Continue reading

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Objects into poetry for dVerse

For the first time in ages, this is my response to today’s dVerse.com challenge to poeticise (!) an object. The inspiration for this is the French writer Francis Ponge. From my computer I can see a gang of long tailed … Continue reading

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Walking the dog this morning

  Crackle-tan and ochre scuffs beneath our feet. Sienna, burnt and raw rain-pasted to coarse paddock grass. Single, lemon hued leaflings hurtle in mad dance ankle high, defy demented terrier snap – drop like stone, to lie atop wind-piled drifts of … Continue reading

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Revision of The Doe

Following some really helpful comments on this poem when I posted it for One Shot Wednesday, I have slightly revised it. I would love to hear whether I have improved it, made it worse or just not made any discernible … Continue reading

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One Shot Wednesday

This is a work in progress and I would appreciate any comments that will help me knock it in to shape so I am posting it for One-Shot Wednesday. No horizon, Low clouds meld With stricken meadow, Distant silver birch, … Continue reading

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Minor key

Today’s thoughts arrive in minor key – laments, quiet songs, a prayer. Clogged by atmosphere Sultry thunder beats my ears. I’m stalked by nameless fear. Oppressive air heavy, still – asthmatic breath asphyxiates. Pollen hang glides mini-thermals, tightening lungs jam … Continue reading

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Sunday picture prompt

Photo by James Rainsford The poem does not do it justice in any way, but I enjoyed playing! Stone Heart and the Gull Well worth the wait my friend, though often I gave up on you and feared the worst. … Continue reading

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