In spring, at the end of my grandparents’ Otherwise tidy garden, I gazed for hours At scruffy clumps of white and purple flowers: Granddad called them honesty, Which puzzled me. I watched their pretty petals perish, Leaving brown paper parcels of seeds, Waiting to be buffeted on a breeze Whose windy fingers would peel away […]

January Blues

Another unsuccessful entry, this time in the Interpreter’s House Open House Poetry Competition 2016:   With a defiant seagull’s cry Salt-scented memories fly In mid-winter moody sky Drenched with wintry light And seascape hues Of January blues Pinned by a star Like salvaged scraps With the delicacy of old lace Beach-combings of shells and stones Brittle brine-bleached […]

Exciting news!

I have just received the following email: ‘Congratulations! I wish to inform you that your submitted work has been accepted for inclusion in Afflatus magazine. I would like to thank each contributor for submitting your poems in our inaugural issue. We envision a magazine featuring works by emerging and established writers.  We are literature beyond […]