I am a deputy head teacher in Cumbria and have taught in primary schools for over thirty years. Before that, I worked in the power industry as a student engineer, a lettuce picker for East Coast Salads and a painter in a corrugated card factory. My poems surface occasionally in various publications and other stuff has appeared from time to time on BBC Radio. I read at spoken word events such as Verbalise in the Kendal Brewery Arts Centre and Spotlight in Lancaster. You will find my light verse at https://jhpoetry.blogspot.co.uk and other stuff at https://northernjim.wordpress.com
Postcard I said goodbye to sanity one Thursday late in June. I kissed it fondly on the cheek and gave it a balloon. It soared into the clear blue sky under a gibbous moon. I shed a melancholic tear and sang a mournful tune. Fruit Fool The kumquat sobbed upon the shelf, A fruit somewhat benighted, Despite the verse he sent his love, His love was unrequited. You see the fool was unaware He’d got much too excited; His muse turned out to be a plum ... This kumquat was short sighted. Cosy You're in a kitchen by yourself, The cosy's on the pot, A little voice inside your brain Starts badgering somewhat. You do your best to be mature, But then you find instead, Before you know just what you've done, The cosy's on your head. Fluffy Nature Poem Sid Squirrel made it very clear To Boris Bird who stood too near. Some garters he’d make from his guts, Should Boris ever touch his nuts … Clog In search of worthy epithet to praise the lovely clog, The poet’s mind went AWOL in a thick prosaic fog. And though he searched as would the most determined pedagogue, The words remained elusive like Idukki’s Purple Frog … So he gave up …
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The Heron (15/10/2017)
Invitation To Move On (21/09/2017)
Another Bleak Poem (17/09/2017)
Somewhere Else (16/09/2017)
Man Without A Pullover (22/08/2017)
Meeting Expectations (06/08/2017)
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