Burnt golden rays break
the night-time sky,
beating on the Ouse’s, slow crawl.
Air warmed sweet-grasses
fan fragrance into the wind:
marsh marigolds shine.
chromatic glissando sweeps
towards the riverbank
to claim a worm.
Swanking his red tuxedo, a robin
trills to join the recital
as elm silhouettes dance,
watching their mirror image.
The mistle thrush flaunts
a speckled belly, takes his turn
to chant – introduces
hedge sparrows who chatter,
boast brown suits.
A cadenza call governs the concerto—
plump skylark makes his solo in the skies.
Shades of light peep,
geese chevron across the blue,
noses down, necks stretched, wings
spread wide. Honking their signal sound,
they climb the horizon and sky-fall
on to daylight’s iridescent waves.
On the Green
Memories flock my vision as the sky turns red
to mark the end of this day. I sit still,
reminiscing the time you lost the key
to my car and stood shaking in a tea-green
dress. I wiped your tears after what appeared an age
had passed and for the first time you kissed me.
My pulse sped as I inhaled your perfume
and watched your face turn raspberry red;
I held back, so not to take advantage
but your soft mouth opened. You stood still,
waiting, my dark haired Elsie Green
in cotton, I was glad you’d lost my key.
Under a cloudless sky you turned the key
to my sun when you smiled and kissed me.
I lowered you onto the checked green
cover, your sparkling wet eyes mirrored
my image as you lay, serene and still,
staring into my eyes with a message
written in code, a foreign language
to me. You consumed me, held the key
to my sanity and caressed me as I stayed still,
possessed, then asked you to marry me.
I traced letters on your back as I mastered
seduction skills amongst the evergreen
trees. Those virgin days on the green,
the days before your first miscarriage
and the days before the venomous cancered
cells took hold of you, I turned to whiskey
but you stopped me, stayed strong for me,
my fortress, refusing to stand still.
If only you were here as I sit still,
rewinding the reel of our time on the green,
here as my pillar, here to strengthen me.
If only I could flip back the page
to the time when you turned my key –
instead I’m left alone with unanswered
questions as you lie still, never to age;
and I sit by the green mound where the key
to my sun is lost; leaving me –bewildered.
Tick-Tock Sings a Clock
A ghost in an attic
jumps out – BOO—
I shout to Mama
to know what to do.
It’s a trap,
it’s a trap—
I run to sit
on Mama’s lap.
not a ghost,’
Granny grunts and claps,
‘off your Mam’s lap—
Too old for that at six,
but you can kiss Granny’s lips’—
I spin, spin around, glum,
kissing Gran’s lips is no fun,
it’s cool to sit on Mama’s lap.
It’s a trap, it’s a trap.
Tick-tock – sings a clock.
(A Poem without using ‘e’ – not as easy as you may think.)
Scarlet and gold maples, wave either side
of slow wrinkled water.
A mother with five murky young
paddles up and down.
She stops, long neck bent
into ‘C,’ nuzzles
to rub her coat clean.
Head lifted, she stretches
towards puffed clouds,
buckles wide wings, stands
on tiptoe, quivers,
to follow in line,
swims up the Avon.
A group of ladies meet
to sit and sew,
emerald silk taffeta crackles,
crisp cotton rustles,
scissors snip – thread snaps-
recreate past times.
A couple of poems on summer
Oblong at first,
hairy and small,
lived on a leaf,
curled in a ball.
in search of food,
to build myself up,
ate all that was good.
Then came the time
to close my eyes,
cocooned in a cover,
quite a long while.
Along came Spring,
told me to wake,
time to push through,
make my escape.
Emerged with wings
in soft burnished gold,
transformed in sleep
to a beauty I’m told.
In summer I flit
from flowers to trees,
but the buddleia bush
is the best home for me.
Signs of Summer
Outdoor table tennis and rounders,
not forgetting athletics and cricket too.
Activities to be enjoyed out in the sun.
Deckchairs and parasols with loungers,
men cooking at barbeques- lazy days for Pat
and Paul, to relish before the sun has gone.
Fresh strawberries and cream at Wimbledon,
to eat on Court whilst watching Andy Murray,
free flow beer at folk festivals, Glastonbury
controls your pour as the bands play.
Sensuous dresses, sumptuous hats
and Her Majesty at Royal Ascot.
First published in Brian Wrixon’s, Summer Anthology, Poets of Voices Strong (2014)
A poetry Sequence on Spring
Under an Alice blue sky
by rippling waters,
book in hand,
with downy young.
Song thrush perch
on barren branches
that peak green-
enchants those near.
Blackbird drags worms
from damp green grass,
bares yellow beak,
chants mellow melodious,
flutter amongst red
and purple folds,
yellow funnels bob high
under the wonderland sky.
She steps out
on cobbled ground,
back bent. Clasps
her laundry load.
Cuplike yellows and reds
stand tall, silk heads, petalous nod.
threads cottage walls,
promises lilac bloom.
Hazy sunshine hints heat
as she pegs
in the gentle breeze.
draped by cherry blossom,
resting place for finches,
red, gold and green,
twitter high in the tree,
reach perfect cadence.
She sits in a chair
to take note and gaze
at violet violas behind
a white picket fence.
Plant pots reveal
cheery blue pansies, secluded
by golden forsythia
and burnt red azaleas.
Heaven in a spring garden.
Longer days, shorter nights,
pastel colours sprout,
warmer sun, lighter wind,
children play and sing,
birds hum out loud.
Men on mountain bikes,
tots on tricycles,
speed on dust,
riders hold on tight.
Frogs seek out ponds,
safe home for birth,
mounting males drone,
too early to spawn.
Golden reeds of canary
grass blow sweet
scent with the wind.
First published in Brian Wrixon’s Spring Anthology by Poets with Voices Strong (2014)
How to give birth to an alien
Start with the species, what is desired
Think? Are tentacles, legs and heads required?
What about shape, square, blobby or round?
Seek, search, discover, selections found
The grey scrawny male with bright black slit eyes
Or the white wide-winged torso that’s dressed in disguise
The green blob of jelly out for a jog
Or the red skinned sly serpent afraid of the fog?
Duck sparkling stars whilst riding dark skies,
Set down on the world, take caution, be wise
Befriend beastly species, set seduction in play
Entice, beguile, and bewitch to get your own way
Mission accomplished, return home to earth
Linger nine months, for the alien’s birth
You have your agenda and know what to do
‘How to give birth to an alien?’ …I haven’t a clue.
How to give birth to an alien was first published in Fields of Words, Ink Pantry Publishing (2013)
Wooden floorboards creak,
bedroom door bangs closed
as the wind blows. She buries
her head under the pillow;
heart ticks loud as panic grows.
Nowhere to Hide
It shimmered in the light,
a sulphur stench erupted,
her insides became tight,
her stomach somersaulted.
Nowhere to go, nowhere to hide,
It’s here. It’s here and inside.
Lots more poems may be found under the A-Z of Poetry blog