I was on the playground on duty today. I was hungry and started daydreaming about sandwiches. This poem is a bit of fun which came out of that. Sweet chilli sauce, And pickled gherkins for the zing, Never cut the crusts off, Don’t do such a wasteful thing, With spicy cheese and egg mayonnaise, In […]Read more "Sandwiches – an acrostic"
Maja Ljunggren’s Twin peaks Fan Art Hey, two poems in two days! I’m back!! So, following on from my last poem, I happened to see this picture. Of all the wonderful pieces of artwork done the exceptionally talented Maja Ljunggren, this has to be my favourite. She’s really captured the horror of Audrey Horne’s situation, […]Read more "Audrey’s Dance – a poem"
Hi everyone, Well, I was finally inspired to write something new and I’m pleased to present it here. This is my new poem, Trinity, which is a sequence of haikus about the Trinity atomic bomb Test in 1945. This was inspired by two things. A few weeks ago was the third anniversary of the airing […]Read more "Trinity – a poem"
Hi everyone, The form I chose for this week’s poetry video was Rispetto; a short form comprised of 8 lines, 11 syllables each. The form is Italian as you might have guessed. It comes from the 14th and 15th Centuries, in Tuscany. The word rispetto means respect, so I decided to go with a more […]Read more "Break upon his Tomb – a rispetto"
Hi everyone, I was doing another video for the school YouTube channel today; another poetry challenge. The form today was Naani. This is a South Indian form of poetry that dates back to the 11th Century. It’s very simple; 4 lines, 20-25 syllables. There are no other rules. The word means ‘one and all’ which […]Read more "A couple of Naani (or Naanis – I’m not sure)"
Hi there, I wrote the last villanelle as a demonstration of the form for a video I was going to do for the children in my school, but when I read it back I realised that it was far too dark and depressing for Primary School. That left me in the horrible position of having […]Read more "How I Wish – Another Virus Villanelle"
Hi everyone, I wanted to try this poetic form which I’ve never attempted before. It’s called a villanelle. It has quite a rigid structure and rhyme scheme with two lines that repeat throughout. The subject matter is probably familiar to you all. I was just thinking how to a lot of us, this is a […]Read more "Until the Day – A Virus Villanelle"
Hi everyone, If there is a Twin Peaks character who sums up 2020 so far, it has to be the reclusive Harold Smith, played so wonderfully by Lenny von Dohlen. I haven’t written any Twin Peaks poetry in a while, but I kept seeing his image pop up on social media and I was compelled […]Read more "Solitaire – a haiku sequence"
Hi everyone, Here begins an unusual adventure. The boy, my son, has been waiting patiently all throughout Reception for the chance to take home Engelbert the Elephant. Every child gets a turn and finally, his came! It would seem, however, that with the Government’s decision to close schools until further notice, Engelbert’s stay with us […]Read more "The Interminable Isolation of Engelbert"
Hi everyone, I’d like to present my latest poem, A Projection of a Man. It’s about the dangers of being obsessed and anxious with how we are seen by others to the point that we put everything on the surface and do not pay attention to the depths of ourselves. This is a ‘worst case […]Read more "A Projection of a Man – a poem"