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

Last Friday

Long drive
fast goodbye
still leaves loss

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.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Tennessee supermarket

Pleasure at the young man's interest in my Englishness,
his telling me of relatives in Grantham
(I didn't tell him what a dump I found it)
was more than a little dissipated when I discovered, on reaching where we stayed,
that he'd rammed the sharp-cornered cereal packet
into the foil lid of the Greek yoghurt,
and sliced it in half.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

~On the way to Donegal

Girl with blue headband, dark glasses and a dog
carrying a bunch of long-stemmed daisies
picked along the road she walked.