The Edge of the Known Universe

We always called this place the edge of the known universe,Expecting to step off it as we got closer to the islands.Little Eye, Middle Eye and Hilbre hanging in the air, out thereWhere the sea becomes the sand became the sky and left the land,At the edge of the known universe.Today however, the known universe …

On Christmas Morning

The neighbourhood and the almost ritual walk around it that has defined my year. In lockdown times walking into town has been only occasional but this walk, around the local streets, has been my meditation and my breathing space. From home down to Smithdown, along Penny Lane to Greenbank Road, through Ibbotson’s Lane, round the …

Since the Late Days of March

Since the late days of March to this early OctoberWe have sat here, you and I listening to Elizabeth Alker, on Saturday mornings,Play her Saturday sounds, the known and unknown.And even once sending her the rain on our polytunnel,That sound of the lockdown, one Saturday morning.Elizabeth Alker playing some Erland Cooper,Vivaldi, Anna Meredith and so …

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. …