Valentine’s

In Hammersmith tube station Roses red, Larger than cabbage’s heads, Linger in watery tubs. Poster sized cards Sequined with hearts Fall off the shelves: Faint from significance. Drab men carry pink boxes Hoping to conquer the world Girls giggle and smirk Trying out lipsticks To match Their satin dessous…   But in a faraway place… Continue reading Valentine’s

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Ireland

Green as Harp tones in the spring Liquid and soft like water spilling over the rim Grey cloud castles dissolve in mild vapour Or shatter drops on the fields Languor settles as pebbles rush and heave. Sea and earth meet As rainbows splitter the iridescence Tasting salt and sweet but Enveloping the hills in golden… Continue reading Ireland

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Dwarf Cockerel

Plumes of iridescent hues compete with Shrill cock-a-doodle-doos Minuscule spurs and tons of attitude Green tail-feathers raise and fall in perfect arcs Cockscomb gate-crashing hen nights With perfect assurance: Only a male bird can pull off such theatricals   From ‘Animal Kingdom’   ©HMH, 2013

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Enigma

Incomprehensible as an open book Written in Swahili or ancient Greek If you happen to read no such languages. Not all the tea in China nor lexicons or How To Paperbacks can conquer or explain: It puzzles and titillates novice as old hand But no one can claim freedom or disinterest. Awe-inspiring or pathetic We… Continue reading Enigma

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