Monday 28 December 2009

Michelangelo's inspiration

Deep in the classical galleries of the Vatican there lies a statue of a male torso which we were told was of great inspiration to Michelangelo.

The torso moves in muscles:
hints of male love with
fulfilment in stone.

Ostia, port of Rome

Step on me lightly:
mosaics tell my history now -
codes in black and white.

Wednesday 28 October 2009


Spasms of pain jerk
his already poor, bent form:
Love looks on, helpless.

Thursday 22 October 2009

Hardwick Hall

Tudor shadows laugh,
dance, flirt, down the galleries,
just beyond our sight.

The ever changing tide

Relentlessly the sea takes
the cliffs as its own.....
Age too, devours us.

Thursday 15 October 2009


Hamlet dithered...but
his moral maze was complex:
Could a ghost speak truth?



Thursday 8 October 2009

Family Papers

Father and daughter
sorted old memoires of those
whose genes helped shape them.

Monday 21 September 2009


The Church and Mosque are neighbours
They share God but not congregations;
Sad that.

Tavistock Church

She's knelt in prayer for
centuries now, steadfast through
time, war and muddle.

Tuesday 15 September 2009

The Credit.....(Pit?)

....'Crunch' doesn't do it.
Doesn't speak of lost jobs, hurt,
worry and dumped futures.


Friday 28 August 2009


Wheeling in slow arcs
the gannet's searchlight eyes scan
through the waves.
Prey sighted,
wings tuck back,
shape refined to dart -
vertical nose dive -

Friday 21 August 2009

The Road from Scotch corner to Brough

Ancient, timeless fields
Glacier carved, dry stone wall shaped
- a canvas for light.


Hill tops are clad now
with turbines,wind cairns, to feed
our rapacious need.

Monday 29 June 2009

Aim to ..

Carve out time from rush
To ponder what matters -
Stop a moment .... stop.

Monday 15 June 2009

Inglesham Church

Ancient stones bear his
memory; did he too fight
for Jerusalem?

Monday 1 June 2009

Travelling companion

Grey was her colour
Dress, shoes, even her book blended;
The tube matched also!

Fairford bridge 2

The view through is framed
by fused illusion and truth;
Like MP's tax claims.

Tuesday 26 May 2009

Acre: Israel

The abandonned angels
Gaze at their metal flock:
No souls to save now.

Monday 11 May 2009

On Fairford bridge

Mallard, swans, water,
Watched by timeless eyes,
Endlessly fascinated.

Saturday 25 April 2009

Pompeii August 24th AD 79


The city bustled

with gossip and news;

Vesuvius throbbed


Escape? Where to? How?

Fear pulsed now as darkened skies

breathed gassy poisen.


The city, news, life

are quiet now; buried. Time

entombed; wonder born.

Friday 10 April 2009

Good Friday

This is from: The Forest Stations by William Fairbank seen at Lincoln Cathedral

Sunday 22 March 2009


Mum has passed from our hands
to God's;
her spirit soars, dancing in freedom.

My mother has been constrained by illness for the last four years and she has been bedbound for the last year. May she be in peace now. I wrote this haiku exactly a month ago -the haiku seemed to have been given to me as I woke at 2.30am with the words ready formed in my head. She died this morning.

Thursday 12 March 2009


Tightly bound in the
corsetry of stress, focus narrows
and smiles dim.

Monday 9 March 2009

Mum 2

The wind roars its song
as a chorus
while a life ebbs slowly away.

The Viola player

Wednesday 18 February 2009


No food now, or words,
Her eyes sometimes see but
courage stays - and her smile.

Ebbing seas

Saturday 7 February 2009

Current weather

Beauty and chaos
Share the stage, as more snow falls;
We watch suspended.

Monday 2 February 2009


Candles give the world light,
God gives our spirit light
What light do we give?


Driving home

White in the darkness
Draws eyes:chiselled face, huge wings
- glimpses of owl time.

Tuesday 20 January 2009

Wind power

A mill beside me

A farm out to sea; both wonders

of working wind.

Sunday 4 January 2009

Scorhill stone circle

Grandy's House

The house is empty
with mere shadows of 'what was';
it awaits new life.