Haiku: Lords a reaping

With reference to the Lord of Misrule. Traditionally, he is appointed at Christmas time to preside over the Feast of Fools. First in my new occasional series ‘End of Days’ where I dilute (and believe me, I do dilute) my political outrage into a Haiku. Its been a daily occurrence (my outrage and despair) sinceContinue reading “Haiku: Lords a reaping”

Poem: Orb Worship Revisited

I see a bit of sunshine and at once my spirits are uplifted and borne away on a sunlit day, so artfully. Let’s hope there’s more of it around the corner. I was reminded of this poem I wrote, so I’ve revisited it. Orb Even the shite shines golden, You can see why the DruidsContinue reading “Poem: Orb Worship Revisited”

Selected Poem: ‘Whatifs’ by Shel Silverstein

In these days of uncertainty, made even more so in this present climate , I think everyone can relate to this poem. ‘Whatfs’ is a playful poem relating to our own personal fears and writtten imaginatively from a child’s point of view by American poet, artist, cartoonist and playwright Sheldon Allan Silverstein (September 25, 1930 –Continue reading “Selected Poem: ‘Whatifs’ by Shel Silverstein”

Happy Robert Burns Night and an Address to a Haggis!

It’s Burns Night tonight. A traditional celebration to celebrate the great Scottish Poet Robert Burns birthday (b. 1759 – 1796).  Best known for his poem Auld Lang Syne, The Burns Supper tradition was first held in his cottage by  his friends in 1801 to mark the 5th anniversary of Burns death. Ayreshire merchants,  many whomContinue reading “Happy Robert Burns Night and an Address to a Haggis!”

Happy Birthday Edgar Allan Poe!

Today is the birthday of most celebrated American author, editor, poet and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe (b. Boston Massachusetts) USA 1809 – 1849) Poe is famous for his lurid tales of the macabre and mystery. He is considered an early pioneer of the short story and the inventor of the detective fiction genre andContinue reading “Happy Birthday Edgar Allan Poe!”

Happy Birthday A A Milne – it’s National Winnie the Pooh Day!

Today is the birthday of British children’s author Alan Alexander Milne (1882 – 1956) the author is best known for his books about Winnie the Pooh and children’s poems. Its also National Winnie the Poooh Day! Born in Kilburn,  London, Milne  grew up at Henley House school,  a small public school ran by his father.  One ofContinue reading “Happy Birthday A A Milne – it’s National Winnie the Pooh Day!”

Great lines: Gertrude The Countess of Groan (Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake)

Quotes from films, plays and books ‘There is nowhere else, you will only tread in a circle, Titus Groan. There’s not a road, not a track, but it will lead you home. For everything comes to Gormenghast.’ This is the warning Gertrude Groan, 76th Countess of Groan gives to her son Titus as he isContinue reading “Great lines: Gertrude The Countess of Groan (Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake)”