Earth has birthed an abundance of fruit:tawny acorn knots rain hard from oak trees;hollies burn brightly with a blood-red flame;magenta spindles split open orange hearts.A young boy kicks spiky shells with his boot,searching for chestnuts in a sea of sunset leaves –it’s conker time, and children play the game,knocking hardened seeds until they burst apart. […]


wandering thoughtsfootprints across time and spacemelting with clouds Kim M. Russell, 16th October 2020 My response to Carpe Diem Celebrates Its 8th Anniversary, October 2020: #1836 Daydreaming Carpe Diem’s 8th anniversary’ month has reached its halfway point and today our prompt is ‘daydreaming’, which is a modern kigo (seasonword) for summer. Chèvrefeuille says, in summer, […]

Self-Cultivation During the Pandemic

I’m delighted to have another poem in Visual Verse Volume 7 Chapter 12. This time the ekphrastic inspiration came from an unusual image by Jemima Muir. As usual, my poem is in great company. You can find it on page 26 or you can go straight to ‘Self-Cultivation During the Pandemic‘. Linked to dVerse Poets […]

A Series of Sunflowers

my daughter’s gardenbeneath giant tournesolsa smile of sunshine Vincent’s sunflowersthe only remaining lightin a grey landscape October raindropsthe last of the sunflowersdisappearing Kim M. Russell, 13th October 2020             My response to Carpe Diem Celebrates Its 8th Anniversary October 2020: Carpe Diem #1834 sunflowers Today’s flash-back into Carpe Diem’s rich […]

Ogden’s Extraordinary Observatory

Posters were plastered all over town, filling us with expectation: ‘OGDEN’S EXTRAORDINARY OBSERVATORY – ONE NIGHT ONLY’. We had to go. It’s in an abandoned factory that was closed when we were children, the year my best friend Rachel discovered astronomy. I’m glad I remembered to bring a torch. Ogden is a creepy man, clown-like […]