Suddenly a Jay

A dreary winter morning metamorphoses with the fell swoop of a jay, a flash of cobalt among damp fox-brush bracken and berries lit up like Christmas lights left hanging long past Twelfth Night. The garden seethes with moisture but a chink of peachy sunshine spreads its wings and smiles on this January Sunday. Kim M. […]

A Sunday Walk with Cormorants

My response to imaginary garden with real toads Not What We came To See ~ Micro Poetry We’re putting the “mini’ back into the Sunday Mini-Challenge, and returning to the option of form poetry. The challenge is to write a poem in no more than 10 lines, choosing our own form or sticking to free verse. […]

Drowned Optimism

My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Sunday Mini-Challenge: Shallows, Deeply I realise I’m a bit late but I really liked the look of this challenge: to show there still be dragons below and within and around us and find something deep in a shallow world, writing deeply in a shallow space—using little, saying […]


My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Sunday Mini-Challenge: Harrows and Hallows   Pernicious parents, Distorted trees split open, Exposing hearts Of writhing tendrils. Throwing swollen limbs akimbo, They abandon mewling saplings To stodgy black bogs and fells, Crinkled as old men’s faces From nightmare tales. Orphans of the environment Forsaken on the craggy […]

Soundtrack to a Sunday in Spring

My response to imaginary garden with real toads April Poetry Month – Day 4 – “Nature Poetry”   Sunshine caresses buds, blesses a blackbird perched on a branch of awakening willow, jerking and jinking. Beyond the gate, boats on the river are bobbing and chinking. An undertone, the distant thrum of a Sunday mower has begun. […]

Easter Sunday

On a lazy Sunday on a muddy bank by the slow green flow of the river, toes dipping in the chilly water, hidden by the long grass, a hovering breeze stirs the air, sharp with wild garlic; blows daffodils’ trumpets, brash yellow strumpets; flutters primrose petals glinting in amongst the brambles; buffets boughs of flowers […]