Potential

Breeze blows softly over a grassy field Dandelion clocks stand ready for departure A sudden sharp gust And the air is filled with potential Hundreds of seeds drift on the currents Hang-gliding in one direction, then another finding new ground, new soil a new home in which to grow to be fruitful, and flower and…

Review “Macbeth” (2015)

This adaptation of Shakespeare’s play stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as Macbeth and his wife, as well as a solid supporting cast. That being said, I have very mixed feelings about this adaptation. Visually, the film is very striking. Filmed on location in Skye, the wild and bleak Scottish scenery is a perfect fit…

Ghost child

How could we touch you Child of the twilight Skipping through the liminal spaces Slipping through the unreal places Between realities Ghost child Fey child Your unseen hands stroke softly Over our spirits Leaving goosebumps and shivers As if someone walked over our graves What are you Whence came you What do you want But…

The Unicorn Story

Beautiful white horses with an equally white horn in the middle of their foreheads. Creatures out of myth and legend. Benevolent, wise, pure. This is the modern idea of the unicorn, strengthened by many a fantasy film and novel. But what is the origin of the unicorn? Seals from the Indus Valley Civilization (3300-1300 BC)…

Rawgabbit

‘Have you heard the latest? I heard it from Sam who heard it from Jill who heard it from Susan You’ll never believe it but …’ Never found out what I’ll never believe Because I’m not listening And the talker is right, The eavesdropper, the imaginer of scurrilous gossip I won’t believe it Maybe if…

Rebirth

The trees parade across the hill And down into the valley, til They meet the river, there they slow And bow their greeting to the flow The river serenades the sky And dancing dragonflies go by The peaceful hum of sleepy bees While bright-winged birds sing in the trees In the fields the flowers dream…

RIP Christopher Plummer (1929-2021)

Yesterday the great actor Christopher Plummer passed away, aged 91. His career spanned many decades, and his brilliance on screen has given joy to many. I won’t pretend I’ve seen anywhere near all of his work, but in tribute I will mention a few that I have particularly enjoyed. Tonight I watched “Inside Man” (2006).…

The Art of not doing

What have I got to do today? Dear god, that’s a very long list! I’ll be rushing about from dawn until night And I’ll probably go round the twist. And really, I don’t want to do it I’m sure things are not quite that dire I’d like to take this very long list And throw…

Review “Duncton Quest” by William Horwood (1988)

Book Two of the ‘Duncton Chronicles’ trilogy follows the son of the main characters Bracken and Rebecca from the first book, Tryfan. It describes a violent struggle between two warring factions, the moles who follow the Stone, revering the standing stones near their dwellings, and the moles of the Word, a heretical cult that wants…

The Doorway

As we come to the doorway It would be easy to falter We cannot see beyond the threshold It’s black as the void within The stone steps are old and worn Made long ago by forgotten hands Unkempt ivy overhangs the opening Limp tendrils twitch a warning in an unknown breeze No one has come…