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 […]

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 […]


The third unsuccessful poem In a covert patch Amongst cornfields Flowers of radiant yellow Turn buds skywards Tracking the sun From east to west   September And yellow-rayed faces Of fibonacci spirals No longer teased By bees Face only east   They are short-lived Growing heavy-headed Threatened by the distant Thrumming of birds That swoop […]

A Seaside Sonnet

The second of the three unsuccessful poems I dig my toes in shifting grains of sand, Eroded rock, disintegrated shell, Let shingle drift away from palm of hand To land in foaming lace of ocean’s swell. By increments surrounded by the tide, That ebbs and flows and rises to my thigh, I am enchanted by […]