My mistress's breasts I shall not praise,
in ways which take two centuries.
They are not pure nor white as snow,
their nipples are now dangling low.
I won't compare them to luscious peaches,
with skin so soft and free from creases.
After the party, your deflated balloons
have more in common than the years' full moons
with these once magnificent rising orbs....
Sunday 22nd April 2012 9:26 am
Grandpa in his weather-worn woolly
worked religiously along the pews.
The penitent peas pushed into place
amidst the soul-saved smell of soil.
He patiently ploughed the errant earth;
dispersed his peace between the rows
and within the still, worshipful silence
only the good were allowed to grow.
That sacred sanctuary stayed undisturbed
but for pardoned pilgrims; the common bir...
Sunday 11th March 2012 3:02 pm
I hope you didn't see me leave,
and that you're not aware I've gone.
I hope I meant much less to you
than your presence meant to me.
Your pseudo intellectual rants
were scathing, shallow and flawed.
With feeling and enthusiasm
I tried to feed your thoughts,
but your responses made me a fool,
and so I was, to care for you.
Hence your four hundred and seven...
Monday 27th June 2011 7:45 pm
You're only up the stairs,
moved recently from view,
you hear my happy shout,
and yes, I love you too.
Only in our bedroom
putting something right,
frowning in concentration
with sleeves rolled up tight.
Capable hands and forearms,
you're smiling at my call,
whistling through your teeth,
tapping on the wall.
Only in the next room...
Friday 24th December 2010 5:29 pm
Every parcel is wrapped by Amazon
and my new best friend is now the postman.
My nephew's a pudding in the Nativity Play
and agnostic inlaws kneel and pray.
Festive drinks all stink of cinnamon
spiced sausages and biscuits pose as German.
Joan while drunk had sex with Gordon;
I leave by taxi at a quarter past ten.
The snow starts to thaw before...
Sunday 12th December 2010 10:20 am
When I wake on winter mornings
and the central heating's failed,
I ignore the alarm's warning
until my bladder has prevailed.
Then I take my fur lined slippers
and I don my fleecy jumper,
run to where the air is crisper,
touch the cold seat with a whimper.
When the thermostat is working,
and the outlet pipes have thawed,
another problem must be lurk...
Saturday 27th November 2010 11:23 am
I've spent five empty years
where every facial expression
is just a gap between tears.
I wanted the world to remain as it was
and point blank refuse to adjust to my loss.
No sunrises, no beaches, no roses in flower,
no fond recollection of recent fine hours,
just a few not posed for photographs
of what once was and now is past.
Saturday 6th November 2010 4:12 pm
Maybe I won't drink tonight,
won't hold my glass up to the light.
Perhaps the cork will stay intact,
the bottle resting in the rack.
A little tipple does no harm,
bears no grudges, tweaks no alarm.
Just a small swig to help me sleep;
save me from counting endless sheep.
Oh, it's still too soon to go to bed;
Well … only another sip of red.
No point now to ...
Thursday 7th October 2010 12:51 pm
Today's my birthday, I turn and say
to the young man sitting to my side.
He looks at me in some surprise;
words unspoken, speak:
Seriously, at your age you continue to trace
the number of years you've stayed alive?
And I question myself, what it means
to celebrate a day that's just a date
which measures only the distance
from birth to now.
When the future...
Sunday 8th August 2010 1:50 pm
Listen up climber boy, my feeling is this,
This girl ain’t waiting up on no kiss;
She’s hooking those bolts with one thing in mind
And it ain’t the chalk bag on your behind.
Come on climber boy let me see that swing
Cos climbing up walls ain’t my only thing
Smear it up.
Push it up climber man, your arse is mine,
Tuesday 29th June 2010 4:53 pm