Category Archives: Poetry

Spring….Garden Notebook

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough, And stands about the woodland ride Wearing white for Eastertide.   Now, of my threescore years and ten, Twenty will not come again, And take from seventy … Continue reading

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So hope for a great sea change on the far side of revenge…

EXTRACT from “The Cure At Troy” by  Seamus Heaney “Human beings suffer, They torture one another, They get hurt and get hard. No poem or play or song Can fully right a wrong Inflicted and endured.   The innocent in … Continue reading

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Animals for the Advent calendar: The Donkey

When fishes flew and forests walked And figs grew upon thorn, Some moment when the moon was blood Then surely I was born.   With monstrous head and sickening cry And ears like errant wings, The devil’s walking parody On … Continue reading

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Recipe for Spring…the greening of the Earth

Spring   Nothing is so beautiful as spring- When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring The ear, it strikes like … Continue reading

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Medical Doctor turned poet born this day 220 years ago

Dipping into poetry books as a break from life’s chores offers a brief escape into another person’s mind and creativity; how much time is available does affect the choice of poem, especially if wanting to dig around searching for meaning. … Continue reading

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February 28, 2015; 100 years ago today….

 A Channel Passage The damned ship lurched and slithered. Quiet and quick My cold gorge rose; the long sea rolled; I knew I must think hard of something, or be sick; And could only think hard of one thing - you! … Continue reading

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The Icing Hand….Happy Birthday Tony Harrison

April 30th…a poet is born. I wonder how Tony’s baker father celebrated the arrival of his son?  77 years ago Tony Harrison made his first, newborn sounds; did his mother know she had brought a new poet into the world? … Continue reading

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Hearing is believing….

A few days ago a news story received massive airing in between world events and trivia; it revealed the emotional moments minutes after a woman who had been deaf since birth finally heard sound for the first time. Her tears … Continue reading

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I stood on a Tower

  I stood on a tower in the wet, And New Year and Old Year met, And winds were roaring and blowing; And I said, “O years, that meet in tears, Have you all that is worth the knowing? Science … Continue reading

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Remembering the birthday of a poet and the coming-of-age of young men today.

Seems today is a day for birthdays…my son has been out helping a friend celebrate his eighteenth, and I see from the famous social networking site that the son of a lady I met many years ago is also celebrating … Continue reading

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