Clearance

In the wreckage of a house clearance,a face distorts in a fractured glass eye.Painted on gesso and northern white pine,old acrylic eyelashes flash a recognition. Stippled like a stormy summer,worn and battered flanks shiver in the dust.A torn rosette from a forgotten fetehangs by a mane, shabby and faded. Familiar sounds echo in the room:the…

Multiple Choice

Multiple Choice I took the test again today. Turned on Radio Four.Listened to a story about the homeless.Then came kids orphaned by bomb blastsin another country.But that was too hard,so I moved on … Started up the car instead of doing the walking thing;it was raining and I needed stuff from the supermarket.Saw a dead…

Drifting

Drifting Light seeps through cracked lashes.The new day’s tide sweeps a winter beach,debris left on rippled sandforms a room of furniturein a head weighed with questions. Out of frozen vaults of memory,a canvas dragged into the morning sunthaws slowly, mixed colour through frostleaching out in blurred patcheson old bones in a strange bed. Who owns…

The Tale of Boris Snot, the Horrible and Vile

An ogre known as Boris Snotthe Horrible and Vilelooked every inch a monsterwith his grotty, beastly style. At eight foot tall with mottled skinand voice so very loud,his gruffness frightened folkand Boris stood out in a crowd. Yet Boris was a nice guyand just craved a quiet life;to have a break from pitchfork mobsand other…

Someone ought to make an anthology out of this line-up … Dirigibility

How to Conjure a Poem in Eight Easy Steps (Julie Anna Douglas) A Poem Is Like A Balloon (Philip Ardagh)     Head in the Clouds (Charlie Bown)              Suitcase Poem (Michael Rosen)                    Recipe For Flying (Julie Stevens)                Ballerina Cherry Tree (Stephanie Henson)      River Morning Walk (A.F. Harrold)                 Tell it to the Bees (Carole Bromley)            Disco Bumblebee (Dale…