Poetry

Poetry

Discarded treasures

On 19th January 2019

I adore second-hand bookstores, and I am not surprised they are a popular backdrop for stories at present. There is something magical about stepping into these literary Alladin’s caves. This poem was inspired by both personal experience and also an…

Poetry

The Inner Battle

On 28th December 2018

This poem, published in What is it to be Human? in 2015, was inspired by an extract from the diary of a woman called Nella written in post-War Britain. She details daily life and particularly the frustration of dealing with…

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And then it rained

On 23rd November 2018

I wrote the first version of this poem for a magazine looking for End of the World poems. It didn’t make the cut, and I still think it is a work in progress rather than a finished entity. Let me…

Poetry

The teapot

On 2nd August 2018

I have just returned from walking the Rob Roy Way in Scotland. Passsing through one of the villages I spotted a pretty little teapot sitting on the windowsill of a cottage. This poem was birthed from that momentary glimpse.  …

Poetry

What is your why?

On 11th May 2018

A few months ago I went to a training day on communications. One of the things that the trainer encouraged us to explore was our personal story – who we are, and what we bring to the world because of…

Poetry

The washing line

On 4th May 2018

I often find myself fascinated with the stories of every day things. This poem is part of a growing series of pieces on that theme. Why do we choose the clothes we wear? What do hope they say about us?…

Poetry

Seascape of life

On 9th March 2018

I grew up on the coast of East Anglia. My childhood and teenage years are filled with memories of the beach – long summer evenings, solitary walks, the sting of the sand in the winter wind. Now I live in…

Poetry

Point of view

On 9th March 2018

On a recent visit to Dallas I was thrilled to see a pelican arrive for breakfast on a nearby lake. I was inspired to write these two haikus – a typical haiku being a three-line observation about a fleeting moment…

Poetry

The seduction of fiction

On 19th January 2018

I keep promising myself that I won’t buy more books until I’ve read the ones that I already own. It is a promise that I fail to deliver whenever the scent of a bookshop catches my attention. With the advent…

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Trios

On 12th December 2017

I wrote the first draft of this poem in response to a prompt at a writing group. Since then I have played around the form and the words over a number of months. I’m not convinced this is the final…

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