Incoming … World Curlew Day 2022

Incoming I am not your enemy dear messenger,but still your intent feels murderous. And though your reckless, adrenalinefuelled passes and dopplered cries have sent these old instincts into fullflight mode, my head disappearing into my shoulders, my sixty year oldbody separated from my bicycle to lie expediently on this damp grassy bank,I cannot help but…

One Called Paul (revisited)

A few years ago, while cycling back home along a country lane from Kendal’s Saturday market, I was attacked. The assailant came out of nowhere, making an unearthly noise, causing me to fall onto the grass verge before she escaped over the fields. On reaching my destination, slightly bruised, I persuaded my wife to come…

Poem of the Week

So very pleased and excited that ‘Incoming’ was published as ‘Poem of the Week’ on the Yorkshire Times website, especially as it nestles among some work by folk I consider to be poetry gods (have a look to see what I mean … 🙂 ) Incoming I am not your enemy dear messenger, but still…

#WorldCurlewDay #NotACurlew

Waking early yesterday morning (6 a.m.), I opened the window to hear a curlew (honestly, no word of a lie). Then I went to the RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss with Mrs H. where Jim the robin (see below) said hello. ‘Twas a wonderful way to start World Curlew Day, which ended at The Waterside…

Curlew 2 (son of curlew) …

I am involved in this RSPB event today (May 19th). I have the honour of reading Karen Izod’s poem Saltmarsh, Blakeney, which describes quite beautifully part of Blakeney National Nature Reserve in Norfolk where the coast is managed for breeding waders and over-wintering wildfowl. Karen’s poem contrasts nicely with my own frenetic first encounter with…

Curlew Calling #WorldCurlewDay

  On Saturday 21st April it is World Curlew Day, promoting and celebrating curlews worldwide. This is an important event due to the worrying decline in numbers of this lovely bird over recent times. Mary Colwell, Karen Lloyd and others have been working hard to raise awareness about the plight of curlew and Mary is…