There’s a Mouse About to Go Out

 I ventured out socially for the first time in a 110 days. stealthfuly and carefully socially distancing and keeping as safe as I personally could.  It felt good to sit out in a beer garden in the sun and have a lovely meal.  It was with trepidation that we made the decision, and I amContinue reading “There’s a Mouse About to Go Out”

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”

I Really could sit in a chair all day

I was reminded of this poem today.  I wrote it ages ago as an experimental piece. It was inspired by  Vincent Van Gogh’s  1888 painting.  I think the original idea for the poem is that in my inertia.  I slowly morph into an actual chair!   I could sit in a chair all day, IContinue reading “I Really could sit in a chair all day”

American Gothic and the Hot Meat Pie

I wrote this short poem years ago for a poetry competition I was running on here.  It seems appropriate to republish it today because it is the birthday of the artist  American Regionalist Grant Wood (1891-1942). Here are the other posts that I wrote about him and the Regionalists over on my  other blog EchostainsContinue reading “American Gothic and the Hot Meat Pie”

Happy Birthday Thomas Hardy!

English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (2nd June 1840 – 11th January 1928) Dorset, England focused his work on the decline of rural society. He was a great fan of Charles Dickens and George Elliot. His romantic poetry was influenced by William Wordsworth. Hardy regarded himself foremost as a poet. His first poetry collection was published inContinue reading “Happy Birthday Thomas Hardy!”

Tyger, Tyger still burning bright

What I know about tigers could be written on one hand (and I certainly wouldn’t be putting that hand out to one, calling ‘here kitty kitty” )  I’ve had a few tigers by the tail in my time, but here’s a list about what I know about tigers;- they are big cats, they are striped,Continue reading “Tyger, Tyger still burning bright”

Happy Belated Birthday Samuel Taylor Coleridge!

On 21st day of this month in 1772  the English poet and critic  Samuel Taylor Coleridge (died 25 July 1834) was born.  Along with his friend William Wordsworth he was a founder member of the Romantic movement and was also one of the Lake Poets.  His most well-known poems include Khubla Kahn and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner‘. Continue reading “Happy Belated Birthday Samuel Taylor Coleridge!”