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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Sunrise

Faint light appears in the east A baby day calls its infant greeting In beams of light lending colour to the world At night all is grey and blue and black But now the earth too wakes up With green and brown of leaf and bark and blade Green too, in the water, reflecting blue…

The Remains of the Past

It sits beside a lonely track That winds its way, under blossom trees Toward remembered places But this, this is long forgotten Tiles on the roof cracked and falling Stone walls askew Wooden door leaning from its hinges Thickets half grown over On their way to reclaiming the cottage For nature Ease open the sagging…

Your Cwtch

When you are alone When you float in a vacuum And no one comes to you When you reach out and cry For a single touch A moment of love To feel that someone cares Let me in Let me open my arms and hold you Let me embrace, hug, cuddle Let me use my…

In the village square

They’ve carted the tree from the deep woods Tall and strong, lashed onto a cart And pulled by a team of horses Into the village, into the square. They work together, lifting it into place Securing its base with buttresses and stones Until it is upright, as sturdy as it stood in the forest Then…