Three Limericks

There was a young astronaut from Earth Who dreamed of space travel from birth. He was so bored in space, He kept feeding his face And returned with a gigantic girth. There was once a young woman from Norwich Who refused to finish her porridge. Her Scottish boyfriend Who came from Hell’s Glen Said, ‘Eat […]

Not so successful…

were the two poems I submitted to the National Memory Day Creative Writing Competition: Earthquake We had already experienced active faults, grandparents who were victims of age assaults, unable to name the rumbles and shakes of dementia earthquakes. And then we noticed your primary waves of forgetfulness, distance and those days when you disappeared behind […]


I’ve just found out that my poem ‘The Benevolence of Barnacles’ was long-listed in The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2017. Sadly I didn’t win a prize but this is a small step in the right direction. The results and long list can be read by following this link:

Siberian Ginseng

shy woodland briar with a warrior’s vigour ancient remedy Kim M. Russell, 2017 Image found on Pinterest My response to Carpe Diem #1198 (theme week 4) Acanthopanax (Ukogi) or Eleutherococcus Sieboldianus or Siberian Ginseng In the final episode of this month’s theme-week we have another classical spring kigo: Acanthopanax (Ukogi). This plant, also known as […]