Friday, 11 April 2014

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Wednesday, 19 March 2014


Sunlight and lichen
gold-leaf the branches
in broad and erratic stripes.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Long gone

Sometimes, stepping out of my bedroom,
my delight in the morning sunlight spilling across the landing
is diluted by the open doors
indicating children are long gone.

Thursday, 16 January 2014


White sky-reflecting puddle
at the base of a slender tree
fools me into thinking, for a moment,
it might be snow.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

On my way to buy a morning paper #47

Metallic clattering of Co-op cages and grumbled rolling of their wheels in the pre-dawn dark fails to dissuade a joyous blackbird that spring is – will surely be – on its way.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

from my window

Frozen patterns -
chestnut tree leaves
overnight engraved
on the roof of my car.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Woman with a deep pink scarf

Yesterday, a woman whose face could only be described as 'striking'
Shoulder-length imperfectly white hair.
Hooded eyes in a well-lined, olive-skinned face,  expression verging on the sort of arrogant that comes with a certainty of who she was.
I smiled.
She, almost, didn't.
And I envied her her self-possession.

Monday, 30 December 2013

People watching: Co-op manageress:

  Face that of a self-satisfied Persian cat, unmoving while others scurry round.

Thursday, 19 December 2013