Sacred Nature

Trackless forest Ferns cluster thickly against mossy trees Dim shadow interrupted briefly by shafts of green-gold light Smell of growth, decay, water and soil Life and death in endless cycle Breeze shifts leaves whispering as they dance Small creatures forage Woody litter rustles softly under tiny feet Twitters and chirps sound from the branches flurry…

Enjoying Doctor Seuss

Theodore Geisel used the pen name Dr Seuss to write his books, mainly children’s books. However Geisel was known also for his illustrations, cartoon work and animation. He was not a doctor, his pen name being purely fictitious, and his books have become famous over the last century, even being adapted (with mixed success) to…

Need

You grow up learning how wrong it is to shout and yell and scream Only children have tantrums Adults don’t cry Grow up! Behave! Act your age!   Swallow it down Swallow it down You must be decorous, quiet and appropriate Your cries echo only around the inside of your skull You wail silently in…

Review “Timescape” by Gregory Benford

First published in 1980, “Timescape” won the Nebula Award that year. It is a science fiction novel, dealing with ecological disaster in the year 1998. There seems to be no way to resolve what is happening, but technology that uses tachyons allow researchers to attempt communication with the past. In 1962, a scientist starts to…

Lucky country

This is the lucky country but lucky for who lucky if you’re born in the right place affluence and influence then you can have the right education make the right contacts and enter the right employment work hard and up you go aren’t you lucky   Lucky that you’ve never wondered how to pay the…

Ghost city

Faded city, silent city buildings loom eerie, white on grey, shadow people pass, faceless, noiseless rushing nowhere in such a hurry there, and then gone traffic is mere wisps of movement blurs of vacant motion I can’t quite hear I can’t quite see nothing comes into focus nothing is clear no colour, no life only…

Review “Boneland” by Alan Garner

Ostensibly a sequel to ‘The Moon of Gomrath’ and the ‘Weirdstone of Brisingamen’, though written fifty years later, “Boneland” is a problematic read. To anyone who has read the first two books, I would caution not to expect any kind of continuation or resolution here. I find I cannot really discuss this without straying into…

The Beast

Great beast with massive maw gobbled down all he saw looked around for more to eat waved his arms and stamped his feet   He’ll eat us! the leaders said quaking in their boots with dread but wait a minute. What if we feed him first, and set him free?   We’ll tell the people…

Review “The Moon of Gomrath” by Alan Garner

This is a children’s fantasy, published in 1963, which is a sequel to “The Weirdstone of Brisingamen”. It deals with the adventures of brother and sister Colin and Susan, who discover that beings regarded as fairy tales exist right along side human beings, and that magic really does exist. I first read this as a…

Sacred spaces

Plastics choking ocean, killing life chemicals poison soil and water like children who won’t clean their room humanity makes the mess bigger deciding it’s all too hard the rich would rather have the money and the rest, who cares what we say while our children wonder how long til we choke on our own rot…