All night, the great tree raged outside our windows.
It wanted to give way to the wind, but could not.
It wanted to fly over the hill on the wind’s crest
lashing our house as it passed,
smashing the roof, bursting each window.
What agony to be pinned like this… Continue reading Presidential Election Night November 2016
From above, this region is a quilt
of all colours, covering a vast
and restless sleeper ; each week
the colours have shifted, wrapped
in season. No pause here. No holding still.
The tractor driver spends all the daylight
The Brexit dance continues. And in London, a court case has just come to an end, in which lawyers have been debating whether or not Parliament should have influence over the Brexit process. We shall hear the result of that court case in the near future.
But its implications are profoundly important and the… Continue reading The Dance of the Emperor who Wears no Clothes
Today our skies evicted the swallow
and the swift was banished weeks ago
and in Dorset the house martin
whose tiny mud globes once crammed the eaves
was simply absent all year.
And last week Putin, unrestrained,
bombed hospitals in Aleppo
and Trump continued… Continue reading Autumn UK 2016
Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmtDPbcyves for a new collection of 30 poems on mental distress. Various authors have contributed, some of them psychiatric in-patients, one a prisoner. The video is a recording of my voice as I read each short poem. You can see the text of the poem onscreen at the same time.
It… Continue reading Poems for... Self at Sea
Reaching for words
is like searching the earth
and then shaping them
one after another
into a path.
Your words took my breath away.
They killed me with their song.
They made my womb turn over.
Sing to me again.
The words… Continue reading Sayings
Here I have collated various addresses I have come across or been sent during the past few weeks. They link to various initiatives and/or reflections which I find interesting and helpful, following the referendum decision and the course – “Brexit means Brexit” – which appears to have been set for our unknown destination on the… Continue reading Post "Brexit" Blues and Bubbling Ferments
During July, two articles by Andreas Whittam Smith appeared in The Independent newspaper on successive days. Here are the links to them: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/broken-democracy-spin-doctors-destroyed-uk-politics-theresa-may-repair-it-a7135146.html ; http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/fix-broken-democracy-smash-political-class-two-simple-things-a7137131.html
Whittam Smith co-founded The Independent and his two pieces are worth reading. They explore the Brexit campaign’s “victory” and contain proposals for starting a process of… Continue reading Democracy & the Lie: do they go hand in hand ?