Monday, 31 January 2011


                       small, empty, vodka bottle
                              scarlet label up,
                          among the duckweed        

Sunday, 30 January 2011


hard as rock,
frozen white
a handful of boys
hang around in hope
shivering in the morning chill -
'Match Called-Off'

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Listening to Johnny Cash

Listening to Johnny Cash sing Hurt
Gazing at the hills yonder.
In the faded blue twilight
A jet plane shifts west -
An incandescent trail of orange pink brilliance...

Friday, 28 January 2011


Boiling, sizzling, mass of bubbling matter
A shifting force of physics -
Lunchtime pasta bake

Thursday, 27 January 2011


Greasy spoon warmth
January isolated outside.
Through splintered clouds
Light touches glass -
A myriad of translucent jewels

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

earthy sounds

a heavy, clink-edged, thud
the bovine tearing of tussock grass -
digging brambles with a mattock

Monday, 24 January 2011


with each step it recedes
this rumble of humans -
clinking spoons against cups
the gabble of voices and scraping chairs

the heavy glass door opens
into mild winter air
and liberation  -
save the murmur
of a lone seagull

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Cutting Willow

no desire to switch on the radio -
today I am filled with conversations
and laughter from the stream

Saturday, 22 January 2011


Road drilling cacophony ceases
revealing a collared dove's
My soul vibrates in delight...

Friday, 21 January 2011


vanished winter sun
suffusing the flax blue, pristine sky,
a rose quartz pink -
as rooks return home
before nightfall

Thursday, 20 January 2011


steam moving upwards in a wavelike dance from the barbeque -
the frosted tarpaulin melting slowly in midday sun

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

The Return

glancing at the shelf
noticing the impulse to reach out for a book
the desire to dive into another world
to lose myself completely....

but something breaks the spell
a pause.... causing reconsideration
a conscious breath completes its cycle
silently another -

and I return to this world.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011


Jade, swollen river moving at speed
Silt laden
A solitary crow stalking its bank -
Cycling through morning mist and glimpses of sunlight

Monday, 17 January 2011


flowers by the road
for the boy -
killed one dark, drunken night

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Friday, 14 January 2011



Thursday, 13 January 2011


tick - tick - tick - tick
lay-by idling warm engine -
burgundy haze of birch trees in wing mirror

Wednesday, 12 January 2011


sodden field in cold ceaseless rain
        the squelch and suck
                of a shoe

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Monday, 10 January 2011


 The clack and chatter awakens me -
 Jackdaws in an empty street

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Lost it...

Heart thumping, head in hands
Harsh words spoken
Lost it....

Saturday, 8 January 2011


Hands soothingly slide and glide,
palms caressing, half-orbiting, each other
in hot soapy water

Friday, 7 January 2011


Brought to a sudden halt emerging from the alleyway -
tiny bird tracks in the snow

Thursday, 6 January 2011


The text read: "I feel grateful and blessed for all the love you gave me...."

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Morning Rain

Like a long calm wave receding on a shingle beach
The slow steady swish of a passing car in morning rain

Tuesday, 4 January 2011


Damp shades of grey through the top floor window
As hot, sweet, tea fills a cheap glass tumbler

Monday, 3 January 2011


The pneumatic whirl and clang of a dust cart
Taking away what's left of last year

Sunday, 2 January 2011

"You Were Wonderful"

Glittering flakes of snow amongst crimson bells,
Gold velvet hearts and white flying doves,
African stars strewn with glowing beads of light.
Christmas tree - "You were wonderful..."

Saturday, 1 January 2011

The Feather

"What's this?" called the boy picking something up from the edge of the wood. He turned and held up the long and silky, tapering, chestnut and silver feather of a pheasant.