Human Family Poem – Far, Far Away

Human Family Poem - Far, Far Away

Far, Far Away is a human family poem, a reflection on the impact of COVID-19 on everyone across the world, an expression of gratitude for relationships and togetherness. Far, Far Away – a Human Family Poem We were not prepared: our home is a mansion one end a shack on the far side, God help…

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Lockdown Poem – Warriors

Lockdown Poem

Warriors is a lockdown poem, a reflection on how for some, home can be difficult, especially if you aren’t allowed to spend time away from home. Warriors – Lockdown Poem Never once do you picture a warrior as a little bundle in a crib sobbing or hungry or afraid. In this army, every warrior has an…

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Earth Poem – She’s Given to Circles

Earth Poem - She's Given to Circles

She’s Given to Circles is an earth poem, a celebration of her abundant love and care, an appreciation of what we take for granted. She’s Given to Circles – Earth Poem First, she fed my child a nut, and after that she grew sprouts under her skin, of grain and roses and earthworms. Circling, she…

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Migrant Poem – Litter Around a Rubbish Fire

Migrant Poem

Litter Around a Rubbish Fire is a migrant poem I wrote while thousands of people are stuck between Turkey and Greece and no one wants them. Litter Around a Rubbish Fire – Migrant Poem First, you take candle grease and old newspaper and then, on the frayed inkless edge, you etch a new you basking…

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Care Poem – This Is What We Do

Care Poem

This is What We Do is a care poem, a reflection on how people look after each other and a celebration of the fact that we can. This Is What We Do – Care Poem Your fingers are tugging the cobwebs from my eyelashes, one by one, you herd them like mules. This is the…

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Beauty Poem – Our Terraced House

Beauty Poem - Our Terraced House

Our Terraced House is a beauty poem, a celebration of the imperfections surrounding us and a reflection on the stunning contradictions that exist between people. Our Terraced House – Beauty Poem Nature requires no faceliftNor should you every sweepthe dusty road betweenyour house and the church or wipethe sweat from your temples.The wild, wild waves…

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Cow Poem – And Why Wouldn't I?

Cow Poem - And Why Wouldn't I

And Why Wouldn’t I? is a cow poem, a celebration of nature and a reflection on its beauty and peace, way, way beyond our comprehension. And Why Wouldn’t I? – Cow Poem Cows know better thanto rush around headless like uskilling each other and the planetprancing as if we owned the placeas if our breath…

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Time Poem – This Second is an Orphan

Time Poem - This Second Is an Orphan

This Second is an Orphan is a time poem, a reflection on how moments are a patchwork of place, people, and grace. This Second Is an Orphan – Time Poem Let’s laud the loud and quit the quiet Let’s whisper zilch and oar the roar this second’ is the crook where red bulbs char the…

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Fairy Poems – Ploughing

Fairy Poems - Ploughing

Ploughing is one of my fairy poems, a celebration of all things gentle and delicate and of how the passing time springs bursts of colour and light. Ploughing – Fairy Poems Overnight, he went from babyface to tree-bark skin, and I wonder why the fairies ploughed his face, his three-day stubble pencilling a thin lawn…

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