Thursday, 26 April 2018

Walking with Jep

I'm watching The Great Beauty once more with Richard - 

We've talked about our youth and the angels who spoke to us - 

Now we drink red wine and walk with Jep Gambardella - 

The sunlight falls upon the ancient beautiful city - 

We are given the keys of midnight palazzi - 

We pick oranges from fragrant trees - 

We, too, will find redemption - 

We will remember a lighthouse, an island, a first kiss - 


Monday 23 April 2018

The Old School House

East Stoke


The Eldorado ...

The Cadillac Eldorado was a sleek pale yellow lizard - 

The white tyres would hiss as they devoured roads -.

I pictured myself at the potent wheel - 

I'd drive through the midnight towns - 

I remrmbered the song growled by John Cale - 

Well the girls would turn the colour 

Of the avocado when he would drive 

Down their street in his Eldorado


Sunday 22 April 2018

Bramble Bay 



Birdsong filled the wood ...

Birdsong filled the wood - 

Sunlight, then shadow, fell upon our path - 

Oak and beech were in April leaf - 

I asked Penelope the names of the flowers we saw - 

Stitchwort, Red Campion, Wood Anemone

Each name was like a gentle memory - 

Once more I walked with boyhood friends - 

The world was green and filled with wonder - 

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Friday 20 April 2018


Those two words ...

Inside the house, the estate agent takes his photographs - 

All of the rooms are emptied - 

All are now pristine - 

I'm edging the two small lawns in the back garden - 

My mum used to watch me cut the grass - 

She'd sit in a chair by the patio door  

Sometimes she'd sweep bits of moss off the path - 

I pick up the cuttings - 

It's as though she's still by my side - 

Those long Sunday afternoons - 

Love and sorrow - 

Those two words - 


Friday 20 April 2018

Staunton Road



All my gardens ...

The new leaves on the apple tree shade me from the sun - 

I'm reading in the garden - 

The tree casts its shadow upon the warm grass - 

I'm barefoot - 

There are daisies - 

Many birds are singing - 

I remember Eduardo's garden - 

I'd look out at the sea from the white terrace - 

The carp would rise to the surface of their dark pool - 

IIn Jane's garden I'd watch the moon cross the velvet sky - 

Pine trees would scent the balmy air - 

A fountain would reflect a midnight lamp - 

I remember all the gardens in my life - 

I have found solace in the company of flowers - 

Each garden was a mirror if heaven - 

Last night there was a crescent moon - 

As iDrove homewards I pictured all my gardens - 

Tthe gardens of the sun - 

The silver gardens of the moon - 


Thursday 19 April 2018

The Old School  House 
East Stoke

Walking amongst snowdrops ...

We walked on the bright grass - 

Below us the sea reflected heaven - 

We heard skylarks on Ballard Down - 

We'd climbed the steep hillside - 

Thorny hedgerows were banks of dazzling blossom - 

Slender trees held up their shining buds - 

Drowsy sheep lay down in quiet fields - 

The chalk cliffs rose up from the white waves - 

I thought of Gareth, wanting to walk amongst snowdrops - 

His shadow followed mine under the cloudless sky - 

His story was carried by the gentle wind - 


Wednesday 18 April 2018

Studland Down


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Last songs ...

In June or July I'll wear a flimsy gown - 

I hear the bright voice on the answerphone - 

You're top of the list she says - 

I'll go to the small hospital - 

Anne will drive - 

I'll look out at the everyday world - 

I'll see again where it ends - 

This is a time for last songs - 

Already I'm becoming smoke - 

Tuesday 17 April 2018

The Old School House 
East Stoke