Category Archives: free verse

Sniglet

No, I haven’t made a typo reversed letters like a tyro ─ a sniglet is what I meant not a seedy undergarment. A sniglet is a useful word for something which lacks a name, like thingamajig, whatjamacallit thingamabob hoojamaflip or … Continue reading

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Summer is icumen in (and out and in and out again)

             British Library Harley 978folio 11v Summer has hiccups this year. Two sunny days tempt us to shed the odd layer, put up the canopy, lunch in the garden; then ten days of drear most … Continue reading

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A true love story

  Waiting for Jock in Leclerc car park the other day, an old lady caught my eye on the escalator in front of me. Tight white permed curls, apron, anorak and sensible shoes she turned her head, pursed her lips … Continue reading

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Elegy

Loss of mobility …..freedom gone ……….inconsolability ……………living done ………………..self-pity …………………….grieving on-going Wait a minute.   Think.  What am I doing? Immobility of body …..leaves freedom for the mind ……….to wander at will. ……………..Creativity exploited …………………….Words to leave behind. Meeting the … Continue reading

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Quadrille 10 – Breeze

Mirror Dinghies racing, image from Ullman Sails Flat calm and no-one’s going anywhere First ripple in the glass, we start to hope The shadow of a squall stains the surface A boom swings out, sails  fill, haul on ropes. The … Continue reading

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Amuse me, my muses.

  Where are you hiding, Calliope? Terpsichore, Erato, I need you, too. I see you there, lurking in the fog of muddled thought, jinking in and out of consciousness like  naughty children. Please, won’t you come out to play? Play … Continue reading

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QUADRILLE

  Never Satisfied   Through grim grey months of winter I long for the rebirth of green, complain at the late arrival of birds and bees, leaves and flowers In May, overwhelmed by half-remembered greens in  diversity to blind us, … Continue reading

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Tell me please

Machines trail lacy scarves knitted from white vapour yarn, write messages across the blue, encrypted puzzle for those below Who’s been playing noughts and crosses in our sky? Where have they come from, where are they going and why?

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South by South-West

    photo by Mishunderstood, dVerse host today I am a creature of Northern places. green and fertile temperate spaces. South-West to me was Cornwall – a rugged rocky Celtic land explored on holiday. South-West nowadays means Pyrenees, a savage … Continue reading

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What’s in my pocket

Josephine Corcoran hosts a new challenge to write about “What’s in my pocket” (or bag)   A lady’s handbag must be stretchy to hold all she needs today. Mine’s home-made in patchwork with a very long strap. It holds a … Continue reading

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Red Shoes

  You’re not having red shoes In the shop Mum was cross Please, Mum, they’re gorgeous Red shoes no knickers, Mum’s mantra Look, the heels aren’t that high, I could dance all night in those Oh, no you won’t – … Continue reading

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Quadrille 6

  The taste for the superfluous holds sway over those who are still unacquainted with the necessary. Twist and turn as we may, true contentment will remain out of reach for those who are ignorant of the difference between want … Continue reading

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Quadrille for Napowrimo day 4

The huge brown eyes shimmer with unshed tears of rage. It’s not fair, she cried. You’re bigger than I am.  You can reach the sweetie shelf. Life’s not fair, her mother replies, And candy rots your teeth. You can have … Continue reading

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What the Trees Know for Napowrimo Day 3

The Napowrimo prompt for Day 3  asks us to read a poem “The Girl Who Feared the Wind”, which begins “The trees know” and to write a poem of our own about what the trees know. A lonning (grassy path) in … Continue reading

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Breaking Silence

  Silence is not always golden nor every sound harmonious. Raucous voice, discordant noise drunken shouting, roaring roads Making lives a misery for those who do not wish to hear. But Birdsong breaks the night-time quiet Waking-up to longed-for day. … Continue reading

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