Allotmenting: In Autumn

This has been my saving grace in all of this, this piece of earth,My peace on earth this plot of land, my refuge for my work,A friendship place of just us few, these weekly conversations.And still my place as autumn comes, the season’s turn, the dieback,Of time’s return, but only slight, for me I’ll mostly […]

At the Calderstones Border

I miss the places with people in them,Or passing through.Random as well as planned meetings with friends.The touch of a hand,Arms round each other’s shoulders,The look in your eyes,The being together.Bean There, the Bluecoat,The University Library, The Calderstones Border.These many places where I’m missing you.And when we meet again,Will it be like lost lovers thenWho’d […]

Writing for the Soul

This was Rachael’s idea, Rachael O’Byrne of Creative Spaces Co here in Liverpool. Just as the Covid lockdown was beginning she put out a call for new writing ‘from our collective isolation’ for a possible new zine called “Writing for the Soul.” And three weeks later here it is, all ready for you to read. […]

Just Breathe and the Springtime Will Arrive Anyway

Just breathe and the springtime will arrive anyway.This is difficult, though the light is growing now,To not shake your hand when we meet,Or wrap our arms around each other, let alone kiss.In a land without leaders or steady advice. But we’ve made our own way before, And we will do again, won’t we?’Together Alone’ like […]

Reflections (on a birthday)

“I’m vey happy” I caught myself thinking just now,Taken by surprise by something so simpleThat has taken me most of my life to find,Or at least recognise.And now it’s here is not a fact to be too much questioned,Reflected on, or worried about.Certainly not worried about.I’m very happy and that is very much that.At this […]

Outside, after all of that

“Work as if you live in the earlier days of a better nation” Alasdair Grey All the way through a sunny day’s walking those words rumbled round my head. Quoted earlier on in one of many tweets regretting the death of the great Scottish author and artist. “In the earlier days of a better nation” […]