A Corrupting Silence

A Corrupting Silence

There is a silence that corrupts the soul, As a lonely man walks down a road. A mental tut, a tapping shoe. I know all about you!   A story is told that’s deep and long And very possibly entirely wrong!   Condemning, simmering, quiet hate The need to dissect and then berate The cigarette, [...]

How lists and diaries bring me joy!

How lists and diaries bring me joy!

The high call of a circling buzzard, Heady smell of wild garlic – spring is coming! Embers glowing in the last of a woodland fire, Sweet peas greeting me home and Evening sunlight spread richly across golden wheat fields. Blackberries waiting to be picked, Red wine on a dark night, Intense stare of a robin, [...]

A Plane Ride Away

A Plane Ride Away

This morning, I felt the warmth of your body close to me  and stroked my fingers across your shoulder, But this plane ride drew an air-trail of separation between us. This morning, our hands touched over a cup of tea  and you hugged me, as tears pricked my eyes, But this plane ride is unmoved [...]

Silence over Empty Skies

Silence over Empty Skies

Silence howls in empty screams Across a wild and painful sky. While emptiness like rolling waves, Pitches sadness on a fearsome sea. We knew it was coming and neither of us was particularly looking forward to the day. Chris has recovered enough from the heart attack to return to work, but work means Vienna. While [...]

Heart Attack

Heart Attack

It was an unexpected outcome of a short break in North Wales and as I sat in a chair next to his bed,  through the early hours of the morning after the night before with a range of monitors beeping and an oxygen mask hissing, I reflected on the fact that three years before we [...]

Frame Me, Contain Me

Frame Me, Contain Me

Frame me, contain me, Hold a boundary to me. Only see a view that can be safely described. Bold straight lines that seek to refine And hold an aspiration, so sharply defined Clean and rigid, deep and frigid Fixed so firmly: clear and distinct. But what if I am wavy, eternally changey? What if I [...]