Category Archives: People

Eating Apricots in France

for Jean and Mado Under the sun umbrella on the terrace old friends meet. Watching the mist on mountains listening to the call of the cowman urging his herd to milking. Eating apricots, sipping wine, a gentle informality, born of … Continue reading

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In hospital

Tortured burbling comforted into silence, they say she’s pretty. She’d lived in France near the Somme vast experience there for the talking.

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I wish

Poem for children – Carol Ann Duffy said children will love it  – will they ever see it? My dad works in the circus And when we go to school He shows me lots of circus tricks, He likes to play … Continue reading

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Reconciliation

Seeds take flight with the softest blow, on dandelion clocks you know. Forever? How long can that be? And who’s in charge of time. Tell me? Twin spirits drift and sometimes fly, but cannot separate or die. Distance is all … Continue reading

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Don’t Thow Away the Daisies

Thank you for passing the time with me, It’s so lonely waiting to die. Can’t tell you how angry I felt when you first appeared with fruit and flowers wittering on about sun and the seasons? I wanted to scream … Continue reading

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Granny’s Corset

Push open the door and enter her room with heavy beige wallpaper and brown gloss paint. Grandma, propped up with pillows, crisp white sheet, pure silk eiderdown, raises a frail hand in greeting. Time to cram her into her corset, … Continue reading

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Mathew

His eyes open blink in the wind heart thumps under water heavy jacket hands and face numb. Tries to wriggle his toes in the wet woolly socks his shoes gone. Seagulls screech glide downwards peer at him greedily in semi-darkness. … Continue reading

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