Blog Archives

Joyful Herald: Shadorma


Loves to dance
Not as a display
Craving for
Or the adrenalin rush
No, simply express

It’s The Wine Talking


The scum rises to the top
The dregs sink to the bottom
I’d point this out more pointedly
But my mum always said
It’s rude to stir (or point)

She also said
There are three things you should never discuss
Politics, sex and religion
Nothing else has ever interested me much

Of course


… She’d be appalled

WhatsApp Addiction


Let us smile together then
As introvert to introvert
Observing all these others
Shake our heads in unison

Send forth wave on wave
Of compassion – if not quite
Waves of understanding
The latter being beyond us

Noting too that they saw fit
To castrate the apostrophe!!!
Arrogance? Guilty as charged
At least we’re working on it

Life Doubled: Senryu


These shaded feelings
Why did we not express them?
Words cannot describe

Masks Of The Crustacean (Republished)


I would say the secrets of my soul
Yet trust no one to their hearing
Some keep silence, some keep talking
When they find they have nothing to say
And the fulfilled don’t write

Lame excuses and sprung steel alibis
Meshed fast in the complexities of pain
(Only my pleasures are simple)
Masks of the crustacean
Designed to reveal what they disguise

Playing at love like a game of chess
Not well, not badly, just lazily
Without due regard to the consequences of my moves
Reading too many fairy tales
And kissing far too many frogs

The generous truth is a beggar to find
Buried deep among the unsuspected cruelties of the small print
(When God finished the world
He saw that it was perfect
… And then of course He began wondering what to do next … )

Security in a pound note, safety in a pin
The tired old trumpeting of Church and State
Magic is afoot but the world’s gone metric
(Electric) and Securicor scares
The light fades, the air is flat and stale

The rain beats against the glass
Nights and days an endless tapeloop
Of supermarket muzak
Brush its teeth and put it to bed
The well-oiled programs run

Asleep within the fractured eye of my attention
Life, well-travelled, opens and closes around me
Here and there embroidered with a flower
The footsteps I follow through the blizzard of my memories
Are my own

She Seats Herself To Write


She seats herself to write

Half fearing her writing
Will drive her mad while
Half hopes it will cure her

In two minds – Ah, if only
Thinks were so simple
Turmoil turmoil turmoil

Enough! Dismisses them all
And seats herself to write

Meeting Point (Reposted)


Mythmakers all we are
And so meeting
Compare our mythologies
(Like so many have before)
Inner fire and heirlooms
Bounced cheques and littered highways
Dream rivers that disappear into the sand
Heartflow that stops and starts
And the long work of reconstruction

Artists all we are
And so meeting
Compare our artistry
Plain talk with rich recesses
Nuances to old questions
The curl of the cry
At the wellsprings of voice

Hunter at bay
The poet crawls and capers
Across the carnival and charnel-house of life
Fractious fragment of the Creator
Who hath made all things well
Adolescent loneliness
Adult uncertainty
Menopausal anxiety
And senile decay

Actors all we are
Though no spectator views us
And so meeting
Compare our pasts and futures
As all our heres and nows come down to one

Are Naga Dragons Really Dragons At All?*

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

A big thanks to Annie for this beautiful Dragon-related award.

It seems I have to proffer five facts about myself. I have picked my way in between facts I have previously revealed elsewhere (to the best of my knowledge) and those I would rather conceal for one reason or another, thank you, and come up with these:

1. I am left-handed.

2. I have been there and come back.

3. I began life in a Christian house and never left home.

4. However I have built on several extensions, some quite extensive..

5. I am not much of a gardener.

I am also required to nominate between five and ten fellow writers. So, in no particular order:

1. the secret keeper

2. MacKenzie’s Dragon’s Nest

3. Four Windows Press

4. In wonderland

5. The Prattle of Hastings
Smaug Approves


Introducing Yourself Alphabetically


Amused, bemused castaway
Delinquent, evanescent, fugitive

Gabbles heedlessly
Incorrigibly juvenile


Loves music

Occupationally puzzled

Quietly rabid
Silently troubled

Unaccountably vain
Witless Xenaphile



~~~~~ ~ ~~~~~

Amused – pleasurably entertained, occupied, or diverted; aroused to mirth.
Bemused – bewildered or confused; lost in thought; preoccupied.
Castaway – a shipwrecked person; an outcast; anything cast adrift or thrown  away.
Delinquent – failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; a person who is delinquent.
Evanescent – vanishing; fading away; fleeting.
Fugitive – having taken flight, or run away; fleeting; transitory; elusive; wandering, roving or vagabond.
Gabbles – speaks or converses rapidly and unintelligibly; jabbers.
Heedlessly – carelessly; thoughtlessly; unmindfully.
Incorrigibly – bad beyond correction or reform.
Juvenile – of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable or intended for young persons; immature; childish; infantile.
Knotty – involved, intricate, or difficult.
Ne’er-do-well – useless; worthless; an improvident, irresponsible, or lazy person.
Occupationally – of that which chiefly engages one’s time.
Puzzled – to be perplexed or confused; to ponder or study over some perplexing problem or matter.
Rabid – irrationally extreme in opinion or practice; furious or raging; violently intense.
Troubled – concerned, worried; exhibiting emotional or behavioural problems.
Unaccountably – incomprehensibly, mysteriously.
Vain – excessively proud of or concerned about one’s own appearance, qualities,
achievements, etc.; conceited; proceeding from or showing personal vanity; senseless or foolish.
Witless – nitwitted, senseless, soft witted.
Xenaphile – No, this is not a typo, nor does it mean that I love foreigners (apart from the Warrior Princess of course)
Yea sayer – a person with an optimistic and confident outlook; a person who habitually
agrees with or is submissive to others.
Zany – ludicrously or whimsically comical; clownish.

Poetic Being


How multiplex
These vehicles
Of self-expression

The varieties
Of pain
Of rapture

Endured solitary
Or broadcast
Into vacuum

%d bloggers like this: