The Stage Play

The past is a stage play all mixed up Some scenes are transfixed under spotlights Playing and replaying The drama and the trauma on endless loop Others are dim, moving occasionally, sluggishly They seem nicer but a lot harder to see And some are in the dark, unknown and unremembered We are the stage managers…

Mysteries in the Water

From the beginning of humanity, people have seen the sacred in the world around them. In ancient times they explained the world by imbuing their surroundings with magic and spirits. Most cultures saw bodies of water, whether oceans, rivers, lakes, or springs, as being magical otherworldly places. So, here I have put together a few…

Inside my Head

And so I lie upon my bed Having adventures inside my head Making up stories where I’m the star Who loves and is loved both near and far Who carries on in the face of death Who keeps on fighting til my last breath Who wins the day and slays the beast Is guest of…

Check In

Check in here, check in there Check in, check in, everywhere Get your phone and check in quick But I don’t have a phone to click Sign the sheet then, it’s right there I can’t find it anywhere Every business must display A way to check in every day Except if you don’t use a…

Land of Hope

Early morning light refracts through streaky clouds Mist hangs low on the land Rolling green fields intersperse with dense woodland Gently undulating slopes fade into the grey distance Standing on the nearer shore, we pilgrims take the boat And row our way across the golden waters Under willow fingers reaching low towards the stream Across…

Review “Piranesi” by Susanna Clarke (2020)

“Piranesi” is a novel about a House, with no end, and no exit. The main character, referred to as Piranesi (though this is not his name) lives in the House, and is alone except for one other living person and thirteen dead ones. The story is told through a series of journal entries he makes.…

“John Wick 3: Parabellum” – a theory

I really enjoyed “John Wick”. It was a fun action flick and Keanu Reeves was very well cast. The fights were well choreographed and it wisely kept its plot simple and straightforward. Then there was the sequel – starting to get weird, with all this ‘high table’ stuff and introduction of some kind of international…

The old tower

Full moon rises over the wheat fields A murky night, shredded clouds drift across the blackness The old tower waits, a solitary black shape looming over the grain No other buildings stand near Who built it? and for what purpose? No one knows It lies abandoned, bats roosting in the steeple Rats scurrying across the…

Review “Duncton Found” by William Horwood (1989)

“Duncton Found” is the final volume in the Duncton Chronicles trilogy. A trilogy which started with a group of moles in one location (Duncton Wood) has expanded to become a Christian allegory about the fight between light and darkness, and the sacrifice of the ‘Stone Mole’ a Christ-like figure, in order to teach moles that…