The Umbrella

What’s the point of an umbrella Held over a soaking head by a stranger On a very wet day That ship has sailed, surely This body could not be any wetter Were it to jump in a swimming pool So, what’s the point of an umbrella   To share a shelter with someone who has…

Mother Spider

Mother Spider makes a plan And sets to work as best she can She weaves her strands of cruelty tight And coats them with affection bright The tallest tales adorn her nest All underpinned with malice best A fine veneer of fair deceit This faked accord is quite a feat This web’s a work of…

Heat

Mercury’s climbing. Still a phrase, though No mercury in thermometers anymore Up up up It hits you like a wall Wraps around and smothers You push through the thick, soupy heat Leaching moisture from your body Energy from your limbs Head pounds in protest Body sweats out its life Hottest day on record, they say…

How not to cry

Okay, now hold it together You’re overreacting, can’t you see? You feel hurt, embarrassed, angry But that’s no cause for tears Is it?   Clench your fists, hard Feel those nails dig in to your palm That’s it, that’ll stop the flow Before it starts No one needs to know How they’ve hurt you  …

Wonder in the words

When I was small Letters became words became sentences became Magic, and mystery, and far away wondrous places   A strange cat in a very tall hat Taught some lonely children how to have fun But I don’t think I’d ever have eaten Green eggs and ham   Discovering poetry in the Hundred Acre Wood…

The young at heart

I’m too old, he said Love’s a game for the young I’m too set in my ways Who’d have me now?   Maybe once, she said A long time ago But now? What do I have that anyone would want?   They circled in a stately dance Drawing ever nearer They opened doors and drew…

A Shepherd’s Tale

A cold night Winter’s coming And it will soon be time to move indoors But for now, build up the fire Huddle in cloaks Almost hoping for a wolf among the flock Some kind of action To keep warm   Bethlehem’s fires can be seen in the distance Dream for a moment of wealthy homes…

A Christmas Feast

The Christmas feast is ready The table groans with abundance The turkey smells like heaven With lashings of gravy and stuffing Roasted vegetables piled high Plum pudding flames To oohs and ahs of delight Crackers pop, paper hats adorn happy heads Raise your glasses to a merry Christmas   While outside, noses press to the…

All I want for Christmas

We never wrote to Father Christmas It wasn’t the thing to do If I was to write a letter It’s Jesus I’d send it to Lord, restore my health And so restore my life Give me some patience and kindness To weather the world and its strife   Open eyes with which to see Who…

The Gift

Wise men saw a star in the east And went looking for a king A shot in the dark A journey of faith Wise men found a child And knew him for the lord of all But they did not know That their gifts could not match his   His gift was shiny like gold…