Holding a fingertip softly
on a battered pencil
this is your last memory of him
counting what stock they had left
before helping them to pack up
knowing they would return without him
as the book stall said
he was welcome to any book there
and Jenny at the cafe
who wouldn’t let him go
without promising to come back,
standing there lost in thoughts
until they wer...
Sunday 24th October 2021 4:22 pm
Barely a arms throw away
from where you walked
the lights holds it own
to the darkness
leading to another world
oiling over the distance
like a door nailed open
at the edge of the forest
blowing a soft tease of a kiss
at the edge of your thoughts
peeling the darkness from behind
in a beauty in near silence
cherry-picking the moment
leading a different way out
to the way you enter...
Saturday 7th August 2021 9:15 am
Beyond this tree is another tree
like a desert highway
in the middle of a field
logged in the summertime
running in tandem with the powerlines.
Beyond this tree is another story
churning towards the coastline
and another adventure
in another day across this land
rubbed across this car window
Beyond this tree during dawn
the breeze is writing
a love let...
Wednesday 28th July 2021 7:42 pm
Documenting the silence
the bus stop is almost reclaimed by nature
until the bus arrives after a long conversation
with the broken country path
in a meditative rhythm each morning
disgorging the mood
its wheels on cast aside leaves
inbetween the sun barely awake
in the early morning sky
and the sinking moon
recording the moment afterwards
restlessly in symmetries in gentle wind
Tuesday 6th July 2021 6:09 pm
Shouldering in silence
the phone receiver ripples in time
barely hanging in place
with an old 10p coin stuck in the slot,
braced in leaves
almost like Nature was as much hiding it
as well as devouring it
ablaze with sea salt tomb tears,
a moment in time
wedged shut through the keyhole
offering no clue to who had being there.
(First in a sh...
Monday 28th June 2021 9:07 pm
Amanda left the house with the dog; Susie was happy on her leash. She felt like there was something missing, but wasn't sure so she went to her favourite coffee shop and grabbed her usual take away. A nice latte with some chocolate on top. As she and Susie made their way back home, she remembered what she had forgotten. It was 7 pm, and it was time for...THE PUB!! Jokes, she'd not left the pub las...
Friday 25th June 2021 6:43 pm
The trees turned purple with the breeze blowing like Chinese whispers. What a great title! I absolutely love this album by Coldplay.... Should I buy tickets to the show? And that's when she turned around and said: Absolutely not, Coldplay are shit! And anyway, we can't go anyway, not after what we read about chris Martin in the daily mail this morning, he hadn't read the article of course, so she ...
Friday 11th June 2021 4:11 pm
(Wrote the other week in a zoom poetry reading after hearing a Indian Poet describe about how they are constantly hearing ambulances going past their home with ill people from pandemic. I aimed for a haiku with this but the poem decided otherwise and it became a closeish Haiku instead)
you long for peace
from the sirens
Saturday 5th June 2021 5:49 pm
Cracking the key hole
your key spliters into bits
and with it your day
(NB. This did not happen to me although I heard about it)
Tuesday 11th May 2021 11:15 pm
I made it!
(#NaPoWriMo 2021 - #Haiku of Life (2021)
Becoming Forty Nine
I enter another year
smiling at the past.
(Concluding this sequence, I turn 50 next year and will face it like
I have done with the rest of my life with a smile and a
drink to friends still in my life and those who have moved on)
(Full archive - onewriterandhispc.blogspot.com - a ...
Friday 30th April 2021 8:48 am
* Nearly there *
Sparks flying upwards
Was afraid to step on stage
for fear of my life.
(Me and Amanda read our poetry at a out-door festival
which got hit by a brief storm and caused havoc with the P.A. system)
Sent home from my job
Thought I would be back shortly.
This did not happen.
(Owning to my Diabetes I was sent home from
work when lockdown started ...
Thursday 29th April 2021 10:10 pm
Slipping on the stage
my 1st poetry performance
was almost my last.
(Although I had done a few minor readings beforehand, my first major poetry readings was at Turton Towers
near Blackburn where I missed my step getting onto stage and was so embarrassed I nearly didn’t do it again)
Twisted my ankle
helping to co-run my first
first open mic night.
(I broke into my t...
Friday 23rd April 2021 11:20 pm
My dad wouldn't believe
it for years when I told him
I was dyspraxic.
(My first year and a bit at university I really struggled and several of my tutors spotted it
and referred me for extra assistance. I ended up getting all kinds of equipment from the local
council but unfortunately my dad didn’t believe a word of it for years when I was told I was dyspraxic)
Monday 19th April 2021 5:42 pm
We still don’t want you
your class team to said after
scoring twice for them.
(A early memory of playing in my class football team.
It was not the best of times as I never really fitted in that class)
Waking me early
I knew my nana had died
before mother said.
(My mum’s mum, my nana died in hospital 10 years or so after
the death of her husband, my granddad all o...
Saturday 10th April 2021 6:52 pm
Watching you struggle
your mum didn't know how to say
you were colourblind.
(I was around 5 when I had to do a test which proved
me colourblind and it took my mother days to explain to
me I was different)
Step in my footsteps
your father barked walking us
to school in the snow.
(Another early memory – 1978 was a terrible winter with my dad unable to get to wo...
Sunday 4th April 2021 6:35 pm
In a incubator
you spent your first six weeks
struggling to breath.
(When I was born in 1972, it was touch and go for the 3 months
I was going to live)
Crying you didn’t stop
when you saw an Elephant
that very first time.
(Growing up I always had a love of going to the Zoo,
although the first time nearly put that to bed)
The full archive of this will be found a...
Thursday 1st April 2021 8:48 pm
Was it that third or fourth night, Sarah
during that month we lived in Hove
when my agent paid for us both
to move there temporary,
that second summer we were together
and we stumbled onto that singer
playing alone beside the coastline
at the start of dusk.
Do you remember him asking, Sarah
pausing inbetween songs
can either of us play an autoharp
or a mandolin
at the edge of ...
Sunday 21st March 2021 11:34 am
You couldn't understand why the door wouldn't shut until you looked up to where the door met the frame and saw the army of zom-bears begin to start rushing through from the other side. Yes, part zombie, part bear hybrids, but you wouldn't believe what happened next.
Thankfully before they all got to the living room, I woke up but promised myself I will never take the brown acid again. As I left...
Thursday 11th March 2021 9:11 pm
The sound of laughter
is carried in the soft breeze
a footprint in time.
Friday 5th March 2021 10:27 pm
I don't believe in Zombies he said misunderstanding what she said completely
Oh, it was a misunderstanding. You said Zumba. You're here for the Zumba class?
No, sorry, I wanted to exchange my Roomba, Is this Currys?
Change your Rhubarb? I think you want the place next door mate. We don't stock those here.
Rhubarb? no I said leotard isn't this the leotardis, the incredibly niche lyrca and doc...
Thursday 25th February 2021 9:31 pm
There was silence in the woods right until the car broke down in the middle of it.
Suddenly a spaceship rose from behind the trees lifted in mid air the front door opened and a figure could be seen.
Andy and Mike looked at each other and thought where's the open mic night? I thought we were going tonight, but then Andy remembered that Mike was never on time, so they had at least another hour...
Thursday 11th February 2021 9:19 pm
It was 4:30 pm, everyone was still in the building, they could hear the crowd chanting outside. Suddenly, windows were broken and doors began to swing open, the mob entered the main chamber, and to Mike’s surprise, the gathered crowd were all ancient, as in, easily over 80, and loud, so loud and surprisingly aggressive, with their arms raised and their voices loud and their balls swinging. Ha...
Thursday 14th January 2021 9:48 pm