Review “Duncton Wood” by William Horwood (1980)

It might seem that a story about moles might not be particularly exciting. After all, they spend a lot of time underground and can barely see. But William Horwood has created an epic tale of love, faith, and overcoming all odds, which any lover of fantasy will enjoy. “Duncton Wood” is the story of Bracken…

We are all one

The Creator sketches, paints, moulds and creates electrons and neutrons and protons in infinite combination Star and space, light and dark, Water and earth and sky Vegetable and animal At our core, we are all one The whole is greater than the sum of its parts Colour and beauty and passion Heart and mind and…

The Garden of God

Walking through a magical garden gathering flowers in hand the air is filled with sweet perfume and I am at peace My arms are laden with glowing blossoms their colours an array of finest jewels I am showered in petals of light   These are the gardens of Heaven the Lord is the Gardener His…

Prodigal

Walking a road that I do not know to a destination unknown I don’t know where I started from nor why I travel alone I walk when the sun is high above I walk in the moonless night I walk til I ache from head to toe and still no end in sight.   Sometimes…

What is Truth

What is truth? Everyone’s got a different answer We should be kind to those who are kind to us We should shun those who are unhappy, lest they make us unhappy we should not care about the displaced, the homeless, the sick We should look after our own   What is truth? said the governor…

The Bend

As you walk down a path, shaded by trees and flanked by bushes and undergrowth, you wonder, what lies around the bend? And you long to see, to know, to immediately grasp everything to come. But even if you could, you wouldn’t. That would be like skipping ahead to read the last page of a…

Siochana

One by one by streets and cities countries fall silent one by one turning out the lights the world waits, and wonders how long will it be until it’s all okay again   And then what? Business as usual? Back to murder and war poverty and injustice pollution and destruction Business as usual or even…

Make a wish

Wish upon a falling star and peg your hopes to a flaming meteor Blow out the candles on your cake and wish on the symbolic extinguishing of flame Wish upon a first star on where your sight lands toss a coin in a fountain throw your wish in behind break a wishbone with a friend…

Your next stop – The Twilight Zone (part 2)

I thought I might continue to praise this ground-breaking series by talking about some favourite episodes from the second season. As before, I am not necessarily saying these are the best episodes, only favourites of mine. “The Howling Man” starts with a man remembering the past, which is very gothic – night, a storm, a…

Review “The Bishop’s Wife” (1947)

Never mind the Hallmark movies, if you want a great Christmas film, you can’t go wrong with this. Starring Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young, “The Bishop’s Wife” involves Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) who becomes obsessed with the idea of building a cathedral. This needs funds, and his main donor is a self-absorbed…