Friday, 13 November 2015

On my way to buy a paper #62

Harsh echoing around the houses
of rag and bone man's archaic and distorted words
mimicking a muezzin's call to prayer.

Thursday, 29 October 2015


As green turns deep red
becomes scantier, and more orange
last winter's pennant plastic bag
More tatty, multi-stranded than ever.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

From my window

Still as death, and sky the colour of a shroud - how can one be inspired to write under such circumstances?

Friday, 18 September 2015

On my way to buy a paper #61

A passing van and, fresh from Avison Fluke,
I wonder whether Arena Physio is the driver's name?

*Avison Fluke is the detective who features in Mike Craven's first, novel, 'Born in a Burial Gown'

Thursday, 17 September 2015

On my way to buy a paper #60

Someone's black cotton coat belt
lies flattened in the road
and I wonder whether, when the rain comes,
will it swim away?

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Stromness, walking into town

Starlings: starry, mobile Pointillists;
several sequences of horizontal steps
in honeycomb sandstone.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Walking to Warebeth

Cormorant complains about the cut of his jacket;
others express disinterest.

Thursday, 27 August 2015


Yesterday's rehearsing-for-departure starlings
today more evenly spread;
lone one on the house next door
no longer ostracised.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Yesterday's galeforce wind

several seemingly scheduled performances
dancing dervish
on the kitchen windowsill.

Monday, 24 August 2015

On waking

Breadth of his naked back
as comforting now
as it's been for nearly half a century.