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, Another poem – this time it’s a triolet. This is a short 8-line stanza poem dating back to 13th Century France. the rhyme scheme is pretty easy to spot. It was done really well by Thomas Hardy when the form reached England in the 19th Century. I decided to write about the dust […]Read more "Dust Gathers – a triolet"
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, 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"
Hi everyone, I’d like to present my new poem, The Ballad of Bethany Hilliard. I’ve never written a ballad before and I found the structure quite nice to work with. I wanted to create a tragic story along the lines of The Highwayman or Noble Gelert. When I came upon this image during an English […]Read more "The Ballad of Bethany Hilliard – a poem"
Happy New Year. This one just came to me and I thought I would get it down before it buzzed off. There’s a bee that’s always buzzing In the corners of my mind, Rooting out and nagging, At whatever peace I find. Six hairy legs are always tapping When I try to just relax, Stroking […]Read more "Bee – a poem"
Hi there, We had the light fitting removed in the boy’s room and it left this nasty hole which looked like a face. He quite likes it but I think it’s hideous. It reminded me of times when I was young and I would see faces in patterned curtains if I looked at them for […]Read more "Face in the Ceiling – a poem"
Some one asked me today if I was doing any more haikus. I was suddenly inspired and here are four of them. I’ve been learning about resilience over the past couple of days at a conference so that’s what this little sequence explores. Hope you enjoy it. Vast waves beat the shore Seconds, minutes, hours […]Read more "Waves Beat Down – a poem"
So, my fifth Twin Peaks UK Festival has come to an end. I had two regrets when I left, Firstly, I regretted that it was over at all. Secondly, I regretted not taking my decent camera with me this year. I trusted my phone, thinking as it was an upgrade on my last one, the […]Read more "Twin Peaks UK Festival 2019 in pictures"
I hear such sad stories in my daily life that I was moved to write this. It’s about all those boys out there who are neglected by men who can’t seem to find the time to get involved. I’m so lucky that I have a Dad who got involved when I was young; who did […]Read more "Boys They’ll Stay – a poem"