“Remembrance is our duty”, preachers scold.
The duty’s yours, not mine; my conscience? Clear.
I’ve stood on duty, rain, hail, freezing cold,
Protesting first the lies, then deaths, then tears.
Remembrance, once in quiet grief-struck thought,
Derides now, that their warm red blood had run.
The flower of our hope’s debased and mocked,
Out on parade with Strictly Tit and B...
Friday 11th November 2022 2:06 pm
Merseyside poets, singers and musicians are getting together to perform a handful of events inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Organised by Wirral poets Michelle Wright and Barry Woods, the events highlight current conflicts around the world and feature work from their new community anthology ‘Poets for Peace’, which is available to read for free on Facebook.
‘We are u...
Tuesday 27th September 2022 1:43 pm
In the hammock
On days of tomatoes
Cheese and bread
When light breezes
Make the orchard leaves
Chuckle and quiver
With gossip from the mountains
When a head of dead wine
Falls in step
With the mood
Rather than being a weight
On your ankle
There is time to marvel
At the power of stillness
And the way that calm
Can be the raison d'êtr...
Tuesday 16th August 2022 10:58 am
Merseyside poets, singers and musicians have come together to perform a gig for Peace at the Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead.
Organised by Wirral poets Michelle Wright and Barry Woods, the event highlighted current conflicts around the world and featured work from their new community anthology ‘Poets for Peace’, which is available to read for free on Facebook.
‘We are uni...
Thursday 4th August 2022 2:29 pm
Rest has been begging all afternoon
Soon soon soon, love.
Finally home in my top-floor abode
The end of consciousness is near
I slip into coziness and turn up the stillness
Oh love, I'm finally here...
Obnoxious noise intrudes
I feel teenybopper bass notes incessantly Bulging up from the floor be...
Saturday 18th June 2022 1:48 am
Ones that could not possibly be answered?
The assurance of peace,
I suppose now I must find solace in the unknown,
That perhaps ignorance could be my silver lining.
It is not.
Nightmares take shape from loose ends,
The brain defaults to fear when it must assume.
Fear circumvents my ambition,
How can I continue,
When I will never know?
My focus limited due...
Tuesday 26th April 2022 3:55 pm
what is it I see?
In this place down below
Where rich tides of life
ebb, and then flow
Where beauty & horror
Rub shoulders like friends
And the dominant species
Both destroy, and defend
What is it I see?
When the colours of dawn
Turn, too soon, to darkness
In a gathering storm
Not made from the seasons
But the breath of i...
Friday 11th March 2022 4:20 pm
How much harm is inflicted by ambition and power
that carrying war in itself,
tears and grief
How little does evil and hatred care about
slaughtering children and elders
or the present and the future of a country
How absolutely insane may corruption and ego become
to smother, desolate and crush a garden
Ukraine, you have been orphaned,
Friday 11th March 2022 4:08 pm
On the threshold she stood,
Of the house where her life smiled.
Waving wildly her small arms at him,
Of whom she was the only child.
Inside sat the lady of the house,
Silencing her sobs and drinking up her tears.
Careful not to let the the happy bird know,
Chasing her was the worst of her fears.
All laiden with arms covered under his coat,
To not let the little...
Thursday 3rd March 2022 2:37 pm
The world around me is how it used to be:
Fresh, alive, peaceful, welcoming.
Alone but not alone,
I’m part of this world again,
not fighting it
Not competing and being judged.
A modest meal awaits,
with good wine,
Tuesday 22nd February 2022 7:44 am
After the Meseta,
after the heat,
after the stones.
The green hills
the shady paths
The way is rocky and steep.
keep your balance and
Peace around you.
And then there it is – La Faba.
I have arrived
And part of me will never leave.
Tuesday 22nd February 2022 7:26 am