Chin Chinery Pokery

I’m having one of those lockdown blues days. Trying to keep myself busy by doing something creative and busy, sometimes the heavy handedness of harsh reality just seeps through, This virus has robbed me and others in the UK of two months of life – or life as we knew it.  Two months I’ll neverContinue reading “Chin Chinery Pokery”

Poem: Voodoo Dancing

The following poem was written way back in the 90s.  It was originally a song and the music was provided by my husband.  I wrote quite a few songs in those days, including one called ‘The Life of Charlotte Bronte wasn’t all it was cracked up to be’ and ‘I Trouble’.  If I come acrossContinue reading “Poem: Voodoo Dancing”

‘The Listeners’ by Walter de La Mare

One of my favorite childhood poets is Sir Walter de la Mare.  the first poem which we had to memorise at school was ‘Five Eyes’ and to this day, I still remember it line for line. De La Mare was born at Charlton, Kent, England 25 April 1873 – 22 June 1956.  He came from  quite aContinue reading “‘The Listeners’ by Walter de La Mare”

Haiku poetry ‘Sunsplashed’

Haiku is traditionally Japanese poetry consisting of three lines which do not rhyme . There are 5 moras (sounds/syllables in the 1st and 3rd line and 7 in the middle. Some refer to the subject matter as a small window providing a view of a larger screen. Haiku origins can be traced back to theContinue reading “Haiku poetry ‘Sunsplashed’”

A beautiful walk

It’s day 6 in my personal challenge to blog every day for a week on Bookstains. I heard a song ages ago.  It was one of those songs which just keeps going round and round in your head, but try as you may, you just can’t see to remember where it came from!  I couldn’tContinue reading “A beautiful walk”

Poem: Kissing the air

 This poem was written about this habit we have aquired of air kissing when greeting people.  It may well be healthier and less germ ridden than hand shaking (here’s the social etiquette for those who aren’t sure) Liz Brewer, a social etiquette expert on ITV’s Ladette to Lady, says a single air kiss next to aContinue reading “Poem: Kissing the air”

Poem ‘I could sit in a chair all day’

Here’s another of my ‘experimental’ poems.  Definitely more of a performance piece than static (see the irony) poem. I wrote this the other day, funnily enough as I was sat in a chair 🙂  I was thinking about all the stuff that I really should be doing and thinking to myself “well, it’s no goodContinue reading “Poem ‘I could sit in a chair all day’”

A Criminal Act

    A Criminal Act I am amazed at how many photographs, letters which should have been kept by a family have ended up in total strangers hands.  If a person holds ancestral photographs which have nothing to do with their family, wouldn’t they make it their business to find out who’s these albums belong to (clue: theContinue reading “A Criminal Act”

Poem ‘In the balance’

  The inspiration for this poem came from a collection of netsuke I saw recently in the Victoria and Albert Museum London.   Because the Japanese costume has no pockets small everyday objects were carried in pouches or boxes suspended on a cord secreted behind the obi (belt).  The netsuke was tied to the other endContinue reading “Poem ‘In the balance’”