A silent stare, meets mine with grace. Then he slips away, Across the tawny braes.
This year, Winter Solstice fell on the same day as a powerful, highly anticipated astrological conjunction. The solar system’s two largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, aligned in the sign of Aquarius, appearing close together in the sky. This rare event only happens every twenty years. It heralds a new age of change. Aquarius is anContinue reading “The Age of Aquarius”
Originally posted on Lockerbie Writers:
Have you ever been on a poetry safari? In November 2020, residents of Lockerbie and the surrounding communities had the opportunity to do just that! If you missed the safari – or you visited and would like a chance to see it again – keep reading for photos as well…
I am a giant, enchanted tree, with glossy green leaves and red berries. I am Winter, I shorten the sun. I am the Old Year, that can’t be undone. I am the dark, the sleeping ground, Where no material things are found. Rest in the night, prepare for the day, May peace and goodwill comeContinue reading “The Holly King”
Many of us have cancelled gigs, festivals, theatre and music events this year. It’s left a huge gap that’s been hard to fill. I wrote this poem about it during lockdown. I’m sharing it now, alongside a picture from a local artist. Jamie’s picture (shared during #inktober20) really expresses the joy and atmosphere of liveContinue reading “A music sized hole”
This week (16th-22nd November) is Book Week Scotland. I have been delighted to take part in a Poetry Safari along with other writers. Nine poems have been placed along a 3km trail in the Eskrigg Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Lockerbie. The small, peaceful reserve is a mixed area of heath and woodland thatContinue reading “Mycelium Rescue”
If I were the moon, I would float mysteriously around our planet, draping my smooth gown, like a canopy over the world. I would be silvery white, pale or bright depending on where you were seeing me. Reflecting on rivers and ponds and lakes, shimmering and quiet. I would watch the fox calling for herContinue reading “If I were a ….”
Up, up Emeris swam, her tail flexing strongly behind her. Until she crashed through to The Top with a sudden gasp. She twisted and turned, her yellow hair spraying water in every direction. She couldn’t see another living soul. She shielded her eyes from the brightness with one arm as she caught her breath. TheContinue reading “The Cloud”
‘I use to like it here, but all the smiley faces have gone’…..a comment from a resident with dementia in a Care Home when everyone started wearing … If I were in a Care Home now……..
Emeris was sinking through the cold, murky water. She landed with a jarring thump onto the rocky sea bed, her hopes smashed. She slumped over, her heavy tail tangled in the dense, black weeds, leaking lonely tears. ‘How do I live without my legs?’ she whispered to her pearly pink conch shell. ‘For I amContinue reading “Holding On”