Wish by Katerina Neocleous

It is Tuesday morning and I’ve just abandoned re-building the dry stone wall that contains our front garden. I’ve also battened down the greenhouse hatches because Storm Brendan is threatening to throw a tantrum and my fingers have gone numb in a bitter wind. Drying off a damp beard and changing out of soggy clothing,…

Adrenaline Junkie #Fledge

One from the collection … Adrenaline Junkie An eyeflash hint of speed followed by car alarm blackbirds and I know you’ve tested the air again; surfed a low profile wave in a high stake hawk ride, navigating marginal branch gaps and scaring little brown jobs witless, while beaks from tree and bush alert the neighbourhood…

Green Fields #FestivalPoetry

So very pleased to be on this list. Thank you Nick Allen and David Coldwell. Green Fields – The Guest List   Back To The Garden  (after Joni Mitchell)

Back To The Garden (after Joni Mitchell)

Back To The Garden (after Joni Mitchell) The child of God had left the road and formed a band within the farm, encouraged souls to tie their sails to stars in search of truth. But when the message lost its way and purpose morphed into a brand, the truth was swapped for corporate dust and…

And Yet #WinterSolstice

And Yet Curtains remain drawn, as the day comes with rain like a returning memory. In darkness, early moments rest on heavy eyes, closed to a wave of sickness. In the residue of cracked ashtrays and stale alcohol, sit diary entries of dissolute nights with succubae; a debt of bad shillings that smothers and oppresses….

Bonnie’s Crew #6 – December 2019

Another lovely issue from Bonnie’s Crew. Go and check it out here >>> Issue #6  raising money for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. … and while you’re there, don’t forget to look at page 9 😉 Cover artwork by Penny Sharman

Stand Up For Trees

At the bottom of our garden is a field we run as a Trust. In the field, we’ve planted numerous trees over the years. In the last ten years, we’ve grown quite a few from seed (about two dozen): alders, oaks, scots pine and birches. Some we’ve had donated from friends (apples trees grown from…

Keepsake by Kayleigh Campbell

The gentle thud of post at the front door signals the coming of Kayleigh Campbell’s Keepsake, number 7 in the impressive list of work published in 2019 by  Maytree Press. As is my wont, I read the title poem first. I know … I am a heathen, literally and figuratively; often skipping to the middle…

Mouse

Schrödinger’s Mouse Your love of my raspberries has resulted in this late evening walk in headtorch, to hedges of hazel and blackthorn, far enough from home to foil ideas of return. Aware of owls ripping through moonlight, I kneel in damp fescue and sedge, clutching this tilt trap of quantum uncertainty; mouse or no mouse?…

Request from a mouse …

Hello Poetry World. May I make a request? My poem Schrödinger’s Mouse is appearing here on The Poetry Village website . I am very pleased and honoured about this, especially as the poetry is always accompanied by such lovely artwork. I wonder if you’d do me a massive favour by visiting the site and giving…

The Safety Of Clouds

On hard wet ground, exposed like a pulsing nerve, half a yard from the comfort of grass, it writhed unsteadily to unheard music, while the connoisseur’s eye judged its girth from a bush. Rainwater marinated and near wasted after a night of passion, casting tired letter shapes as the sun split clouds overhead, this six…