Tuesday, 19 August 2014

From my office window

Several dozen starlings suddenly alight
for a frenzied twenty seconds' gorge
on scarlet rowan berries.

Monday, 18 August 2014


Turning the tumble of too-fleeting words in my head
to eight hundred words on the screen -
and all before breakfast -
means the rest of the day should be good.

Friday, 15 August 2014

stepped out

Filigree satellites
planted overnight
on our front lawn.
Listening to our every conversation?

Thursday, 14 August 2014


Not a trundling of dozens of wheelie-bins, on cobbles
but thunder from a pale grey sky.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Lesson temporarily re-learned

An optimist with a short-term memory
is doomed to disappointment on repeat
disappointment on repeat

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Thursday, 24 July 2014

HoW5 Thursday

Three at laptops catching up on challenges for the day
while thunder chunders from above
and the rain stotts down.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Last night

Hilarity occasioned by the absence of a corkscrew;
Relief at the return from town of Mike
(by which time a toasting fork and a wooden spoon
had mostly done the trick).

Monday, 21 July 2014

From the back balcony

Broken tree
leafless stubby branches
building a ladder for suicidal lunatics;
disappointed by the relentless determination of the stone-dropped rain.

Tennessee post catfish and fried green tomatoes

Straight down rain and little thunder,
sky paler than butter
bleached the leaves by several shades
burnt the tree trunks black.