the Swell

go slow into the swell: these slipways of love are rolling in, whitecaps, and the ground swells; brick walls brickle, metal shields melt, and we hold firm until the stream is a bending, a ream bracing us whole. The jukebox in the corner of the inn outside town churns the blisters and webs melton robes… Read more »

Beach Poem – On the Seaweeds’ Scattering

‘On the Seaweed’s Scattering’ is a beach poem, a celebration of beauty and a reflection on everything and everyone having a time and a place. On the Seaweed’s Scattering – a Beach Poem You cast a warm body And hold me In the drizzly bright of your palm, A baby mule Half-blind and staggering  … Read more »

River Story Poem – This Book Is a River

This Book is a River is a river story poem, a reflection on nature and on how nothing and no one exists in isolation at any time.  This Book Is a River – a river story poem This book is a river that gently makes its way down to the sea, dives in and disappears. And… Read more »

Inclusion Poem – Within a Tuft of Grass

Within a Tuft of Grass is an inclusion poem, a reflection on how life is best lived in close proximity.  Within a Tuft of Grass – Inclusion Poem To exclude is to slice someone away from the loaf, children in the classroom scoffing when           Johnny can’t spell P E E… Read more »

Acceptance Poem – Silent Night

Silent Night is an acceptance poem, a celebration of and a reflection on being small and finding that together, everything is better. Silent Night – an Acceptance Poem Some days we are a silent night. Listen. This is when stars smell like morning dew glossing over the stones and the moss you lay aside when… Read more »

May Poem – Nudity

nudity is a May poem, a reflection on finding a way to be tiny and comfortable within this big, big world where everyone is alone, yet no one is.  nudity –  a May Poem skin is like the rippling shoal of a lake on the run from frost and the sun         … Read more »

Plant Poem – Gorse

Gorse is a plant poem, a celebration of the beauty and resilience and prickly nature of this gorgeous shrub with her bright yellow petals and thorns. Gorse – a Plant Poem Now, she’s a riot whipping the sky blue with thorny twigs and then she beds the clouds in a sea of yellow rugs robes… Read more »

Spring Poems – Mid-conversation, we melt into the Blossoming

Mid-conversation, we melt into the Blossoming is one of my spring poems. I love this time of year and watch the petals and leaves appear like a hawk. Apple blossoms are amazing!   Mid-conversation, we melt into the Blossoming – Spring Poems Mid conversation, we melt into the blossoming, a million apple petals rising from a… Read more »

Spring Poem – Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms is a spring poem, a celebration of nature’s beauty and fine art. Cherry Blossoms – Spring Poem Every summer, the sun sends cherry blossoms falling. Every floating petal is a letter written but never sent to something that some time, bloomed, but time ran out. Every spring is another burst of baby pink… Read more »

Fairy Poem – Blessed Be the Meek

Blessed Be the Meek is a fairy poem, casting a spotlight on the immeasurable value of kindness and gentleness and how they’re forever badly needed. Blessed Be the Meek – a Fairy Poem Mid-city square, people are pitching forks. Short wicks and glimmerless bulbs won’t do. No one will stage her chapped finger or case… Read more »

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    Treasure Poem

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    The Gloves is a treasure poem, a reflection on finding love or a home or a kind person. Sometimes, a dead-end ends up being just the place. The Gloves – a Treasure Poem      

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    Worm Poem – Barefoot on a Thistle-Overgrown Road

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    Barefoot on a Thistle-Overgrown Road is a worm poem, a reflection on digging out a space and finding your way. Barefoot on a Thistle-Overgrown Road – Worm Poem Sometimes, thistles lay infesting and pestering and festering my breath, squeezing me / and I steal a page from the worm. In slime slithering, plainer than paper,… Read more »

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    Dignity Poems – Bellyflop

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    Bellyflop falls among dignity poems, a reflection on failing, pain, recovery and rescue. Bellyflop – Dignity Poems still the bellyflop kid, still needing rose salve and ice running into deepening wrinkles. Of plumpness, you get very little these days. I wonder what drives a scientist to spend ages formulating age-defying creams and whether he frowns… Read more »

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    Journey Poem – Baggage

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    Baggage is a journey poem, thoughts on holding on and letting go and the ability to do so. And another thing. Not all baggage is bad. Baggage – a Journey Poem Her right leg is always playing catch-up with her left, on the ropewound around it, a bunch of spoons, once-yellow rubber ducks, a handful… Read more »

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    Being Human Poem – Incarnations

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    Incarnations is a being human poem, a reflection on our existence juxtaposed with the life of other beings. What would your favourite incarnation be? Incarnations – Being Human Poem Sometimes in her sleep, she’d be a parrot again squawking and flying frankly like when the sun, burnt or the rain wouldn’t let up. Sometimes, she’d… Read more »

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    Authenticity Poem – The Cat

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    The Cat is an authenticity poem about finding the courage to be. The Cat – Authenticity Poem Every day, the cat in my bag grows fatter its claws unhinging the zipper its slider stuck and rusting from the cat’s spit and piss and all I can do, is tighten the clasps of my arms camouflage… Read more »

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    Friendship Poetry – We Are

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    We Are is my contribution to friendship poetry, a celebration of its necessity and immeasurable value, highlighting the unconditionality, consistency, and continuity of true friendship. We Are – Friendship Poetry We are The roamingOcean, alwaysHolding a trillionGrains of salt.We are the seaAbove soil andBelow rainy skiesSpanning beyondThe nets we’reSpreading. YesterdayWe handed out tissuesToday a book of… Read more »

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    Growth Poem – The Woodturner

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    The Woodturner is a growth poem, a celebration of the stunning work of woodturners and a reflection on growth. The Woodturner – Growth Poem The woodturner dizzies a log into a bowl of fruit, turning and shaving, sanding and hollowing out a space, and woodchips fall like curly snowflakes. Now skinless, the log’s grain and… Read more »