Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Daily walk

Quiet the woods today,
shy anenomes hiding
in the longer grass

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Haiku 'Friends'

Heart racing wildly,
Suddenly silent stillness
and all will be well

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Morning haiku

Lemon-green cowslips
Blue-distant haze of April
Patch of sunlight smiles

And Alistair's 'six-word-saturday' (for those old enough to remember):

Summer draws back, winter drawers on..

Thursday, 25 April 2013

iambic thingy..

When rain fell softly late last night it seemed
as moments from a half-remembered dream
call gently and, when uninvited , sing
sweet-scented mem'ries to my list'ning ear

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

cherry trees

And today the unaccustomed blossoms
drifting silently, as yesterday the snowflakes

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Bird of prey

A lone kestrel hangs motionless over the fen,
then drops
like a stone 
from the still sky onto its hapless victim

Monday, 22 April 2013

Sunday, 21 April 2013


the yellow bi-plane is like a toy in the bluest sky today

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Friday, 19 April 2013

For Maxine..

Driving up the long  Ely road I think of you,
and wonder,
have you noticed the rooks are building high this year...

Thursday, 18 April 2013


to stillness
by mindful moving -
Now there's a paradox -


Stillness escapes me
when I'm still - mindful moving
brings stillness within

Tuesday, 16 April 2013


Bright and stormy skies -
spring arrives without warning
this bewildered year

Monday, 15 April 2013


Blinking we emerge, troglodytes, from our winter selves...

Sunday, 14 April 2013

A pearl of great price..

The receding tide gradually reveals
today's treasure,
gleaming irridescently
among its beachcombing debris -

a breeze-blown gentle-slow sun-warmed sense
of wellbeing...

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Thursday, 11 April 2013

spider elfje

Pilates -
core engaged,
legs scissoring erratically,
small spider pauses, clearly

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

First sun

Two yellow butterflies dancing in the first warmth;
I close my eyes the better to listen -
light high birdsong,
the subtler wood-pigeon,
gentle on the ear;
and the hum
of traffic

Tuesday, 9 April 2013


Hope -
Leaf buds
On broken branches
Cheer my unaccountable heart

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Reunion Blues

Three penguins stroll down the street, reminiscing nostalgically about a time when
everything was black and white...

Saturday, 6 April 2013

HIS six-word-Saturday

(Blasted dog!)
'Hare-chasing, coursing through her blood...'

And mine:
'My mathematician - he can write too...'

Friday, 5 April 2013

Cambridge dusk

Banks of black clouds are angry purple hills on the fen-flat horizon

Thursday, 4 April 2013


It is snowing again today;
in the park seagulls circle
in disbelief.

By the pond
well-wrapped children throw bread
to the ducks.

the east wind is too fierce
for the water to freeze

Tuesday, 2 April 2013


Three painted mallards flew across the blue sky this morning
exactly the formation of those plaster ducks that rose
above the fireplaces of our fifties childhoods

Monday, 1 April 2013

'Bookspine poetry' from my shelves

'When we were very young
so many ways to begin...

A moment in time...

When we were orphans
...the shadow of the wind...'