Friday 23 December 2011


At first, equal cover,
then clutch, turn, yank - repeat,
'til the duvet's swiped.

From St Mary and St David's Church Kilpeck

Wednesday 14 December 2011

Vrel's Woman at the window

The rocking chair tilts
as an old woman starts
from her dozing; who...
who is at the window?

The lower panes only
hold the shape, with light
weakly trying but failing
to give the face structure.

The careworn eyes
seek those of the waif;
her past shimmers outside:
what was, faces what is.

The little shadow has gone,
the silhouettes of darkness
regain their usual forms-
only her heart plays games.

(Image - detail from Vrel's Woman at the window)

Edinburgh trees

Dangling in the darkness
Fairy trees, like aspirations,
Float unanchored.


Charity's not cold,
Giving must not be fatigued,
Share, help, give and smile.

Saturday 5 November 2011


Travelling back

Familiar roads,
Vistas trigger long gone thoughts
and make the past ache.

Thursday 13 October 2011


Rusty fountain pens
Grand gates leading nowhere now
Milestones in the ditch.

Herefordshire at dawn

Monday 3 October 2011

Look not at the bank
but its rippling twin:
Monet colour but Klimpt lines.


Cease the restless struggle
Be still and know I'm God;
Space can bring answers.

Monday 5 September 2011

The Namib Desert

Red and gold litchens

Make patterns in bone bleached sands,

dead land is not dead.

The Skeleton Coast

Shells of ships and crabs

are play things of the surf now;

their purpose - the lens.

Safari 'zoo'

Lions roaming free

while man is confined and fenced:

a neat reversal.

Thursday 7 July 2011


Last day

Still now and empty,

The room's past is bound in bags -

Outside a frog sings.

Tuesday 14 June 2011


It is closing time:

The known lies behind, with hope

standing shivering.

Saturday 21 May 2011


Cool and elegant,

the Delft jug draws eyes; its chips

give beauty, history.

Monday 25 April 2011

New beginnings

Grain by grain sand slipped

from the ostrich's sunk head,

lifting it, he saw.

Tudor Angels Muchelney Church


Thursday 7 April 2011

Awaiting the Axe

The end is pending;

tension and regret balance -

new starts seem hollow.

Sea Tree

Thursday 17 March 2011

Green Lane

Wind carved, the trees bowed
deep to shape the ancient way,
with arch precision.
Rain twisted and sneaked
past the canopy to flush
loose earth from the floor.
Man's irritation
or vision, pushed rock and stone
to side the sunk lane.
Feet have tramped the years
from tor to sea through its aisle
of set direction.
Minds wrestled with all
time's problems, oblivious
of its green shelter.
Slowly the sheep's path
became a Devon trackway
linking place and lives.

Monday 28 February 2011

Rock graffiti

What hand carved his trace
On a high peak rock? Sometimes,
idle acts live on.

Monday 14 February 2011


From crysalises
break forth new lives - and regimes,
Possibly short lived.

Monday 7 February 2011

The Middle East

Dormant; Stirring, then
as factors bond, eruption:
we await....lava.

Musical expression

Saturday 22 January 2011


Curled into a fist
or unfirled to touch, fingers
have poised potential.

Thursday 6 January 2011

Whitwell's winter dawn

Blaze oh blaze, dull bricks
in low tricksy sun and breed
ideas from surprise.