The Knife

I never felt the knife Thin and oh so sharp elegant and shiny sliding in smoothly under the rib cage into my heart   For my own good, you said it’s better this way, you’ll see life is so much better when you’re dead   Knife comes out bright blood contrasting the metal sheen I…

Cynefin

This is the right place the place of belonging Where cool winds blow the sun is warm the land is rich   This is home and hearth the niche where everything fits all connected and connecting like pieces of a jigsaw finally whole   Nothing unnatural comes here The cycle of like is uninterrupted untainted…

The magic of wishing

When I wrote my poem ‘Make a Wish’ last week, it got me thinking about the different traditions of wish making, and I thought it might be interesting to look at a few of those, including where they happen and their origins, if known. Wishing Trees can be found in many parts of the world.…

Make a wish

Wish upon a falling star and peg your hopes to a flaming meteor Blow out the candles on your cake and wish on the symbolic extinguishing of flame Wish upon a first star on where your sight lands toss a coin in a fountain throw your wish in behind break a wishbone with a friend…

Your next stop – The Twilight Zone (Part 3)

You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Your next stop...the Twilight Zone. — Rod Serling Continuing my appreciation of this wonderful old series, the following are my favourites from Season 3, first aired 1961-1962. “The…

Night Journey on the River

We push off from the bank rowing out into the current moon is full, and high shining on the water scattered clouds skitter across the sky and a chill wind blows making us shiver wrapping our coats around us Our boat catches the current and takes us, swift and sure past houses, under bridges until…

My Dream

Everybody’s got an opinion Everybody wants to complain Everybody thinks they know better Everybody’s insane   What’s so hard about talking together What’s so hard about being polite What’s so hard about communication What’s so hard about doing it right   All I ask for is peace and quiet All I ask for is silence…

Review “Frankenstein Unbound” (1990)

I like a good old-fashioned monster movie. “Frankenstein Unbound”, based on a novel of the same name by Brian Aldiss, promised to mix classic Frankenstein with science fiction. Sounds like fun, I thought. The plot centres around a future scientist from 2030 who invents a weapon which can eliminate your enemies without causing any damage…

Before it is too late

A tree stands at the world’s edge roots clutch stubbornly to the crumbling cliff confronting the abyss defiantly ‘I shall not be moved’ Sun dips low, and in the dying light branches stand out clear and stark Solid and strong, built to last But the cliff keeps crumbling   Come, let us shore up the…