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May 30, 2013

The Mood Of May

Fragrant honeysuckle blossom leads William Ruleman to deeper thoughts beyond the mere material.

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May 02, 2013

Sunrise In Venice

William Ruleman brings a new translation of a Stefan Zweig poem which conjures up the special appeal of Venice.

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April 17, 2013


William Ruleman reflects upon the frail, small, "unworthy'' girl who saw the Mother of God.

Continue reading "Bernadette" »

April 16, 2013

Yet There Is Still Time

"April’s a lass we long to woo,
But we’re bound to dull routines...''

William Ruleman's poem reminds us that we shut ourselves away from a fulfilling life by trying to play a part that is not real.

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March 12, 2013

Modern Martial Art

Here's a poem by nine-year-old Ben Horner. The start of a literary career?

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January 23, 2013

The Baptism Of Christ

Caroline Glyn brings a poem of joy.

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January 04, 2013

Of Winter

William Ruleman presents an evocative translation of a poem by Rubén Darío.

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December 29, 2012

Thomas Becket

William Ruleman imagines the thoughts of Henry II following the murder of Thomas Becket.

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December 26, 2012

The Refugee

Arnold Kellett prayed to be forgiven for Christmas greed.

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December 22, 2012

The Magi

William Ruleman brings us a timely translation of Rubén Darío's great poem, The Magi.

Continue reading "The Magi" »

December 19, 2012

St Mark

Caroline Glyn's Poem is filled with omens.

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December 15, 2012

The Tides Of Love

Marianne Hall brings us an ecstaic love poem.

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September 19, 2012

The Other Side

A life spent wreaking hate is her game...

Sonia Noble's memorable poem concerns a profoundly unhappy individual.

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March 13, 2012

the stranger

Marianne Hall writes about a stranger who set a heart on fire.

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January 28, 2012

The Beast In Us

Marianne Hall's poem is a sharp reminder of our primeval origins.

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January 16, 2012

The Stone

Here's a poem written at a time of great stress in Marianne Hall's life.

Continue reading "The Stone" »

December 25, 2011

After Scrooge

Vera Sanderson's poem expresses the real delights of this day.

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December 21, 2011

To A Son Home From War

Anne Steward was prompted to write this memorable poem after reading "Greater Love'' by the war poet Wilfred Owen.

Continue reading "To A Son Home From War" »

December 08, 2011

My Love For You

Marianne Hall brings a joyous love poem.

Continue reading "My Love For You" »

November 27, 2011

Chinese Whispers

Joyce Worsfold conjures up an Eastern scene in four lines of verse.

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November 19, 2011

Making A Journey

Hazel Dracup brings us another poem.

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November 13, 2011

ABC Poem

Joyce Worsfold's brief alphabetic poem contains a truth beneath the surface innocence.

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November 06, 2011


Joyce Worsfold brings us another short poem.

Continue reading "Oldies" »

November 03, 2011

The Lady Chapel

Here's another poem by Caroline Glyn.

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October 30, 2011


Joyce Worsfold offers unusual advice for caring for a compost bin.

Continue reading "Compost" »

October 27, 2011

The Old Mother

Caroline Glyn's poem concerns end-days and rebirth.

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October 23, 2011

The Boxing Glove

Joyce Worsfold tells of a boxing glove that once danced lightly.

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October 16, 2011

The Forest Of Vision

"The ground here is rich with fallen dreams,'' writes poet Caroline Glyn.

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October 10, 2011


Hazel Dracup brings us another poem.

Continue reading "Parks" »

October 09, 2011


Joyce Worsfold brings a poem to put a smile on your face.

Continue reading "Valentines" »

October 02, 2011

Not Very P.C.

India and Africa have come to our street
Vibrant and vivid and warm and unique...

Joyce Worsfold brings us a vibrant and optimistiuc poem.

Continue reading "Not Very P.C." »

September 30, 2011

Has Technology Taken Over?

Hazel Dracup recalls the time when imagination served to keep a child entertained.

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September 25, 2011

Darting Ducks

Joyce Worsfold brings us a cheery quattraine.

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September 18, 2011

Memories Of Long Ago

Hazel Dracup thinks back to days long gone.

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September 13, 2011


This wonderful poem by Joyce Worsfold gives some of the best advice on how to live a life that your are ever likely to receive.

Continue reading "Then" »

September 06, 2011


Hazel Dracup brings us a happy holiday poem.

Continue reading "Lakeland" »

August 24, 2011

The Forest Of Creation

Caroline Glyn's poem tells of the place of making and ending.

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March 05, 2011

Nature In Its Fury

Nature needs to be respected, says Hazel Dracup in her latest poem.

To read more of Hazel's poems and articles please click on http://www.openwriting.com/cgi-bin/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=1&search=hazel+dracup

Continue reading "Nature In Its Fury" »

February 10, 2011


Hazel Dracup pays tribute to life-giving trees.

Continue reading "Trees" »

January 18, 2011


Hazel Dracup is inspired by a bow of pure delight.

Continue reading "Rainbows" »

December 14, 2010

Little Tree

Lorna Des Fountain was looking forwards to moving into a cottage in a retirement village. A part of its appeal was a little Acacia sweet thorn tree standing outside the entrance. However a neighbour poisoned the tree to make space for manoeuvering a large caravan.

The little tree is dying by the day.

Lorna wrote these three linked poems to express her feelings.

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December 01, 2010

The Weighting Of Beauty

Engagement with beauty is a solitary affair, writes poet Ivor Murrell.

Continue reading "The Weighting Of Beauty" »

November 24, 2010

On Occasion

David Shaw's delicious poem features the unexpected desires of an occasional table.

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November 18, 2010


Brian Jenkinson's poem reveals a new perspective on Haloween.

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November 09, 2010


Hazel Dracup's verses feature this mellow, colourful season.

Continue reading "Autumn" »

November 03, 2010

Howden Clough

Poet John Cooper has never forgotten horrible, horrible Howden Clough.

To buy a copy of John’s book Unreliable Judgements, a collection of thoroughly pleasing poetry, click on

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October 31, 2010

Dick The Saddler

David Shaw's poem recalls a harsh punishment once meted out to Scottish children.

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October 28, 2010

Oh Tell Me

The beauty of flowers and butterflies leads Miriam McAtee to profound thoughts.

Continue reading "Oh Tell Me" »

October 26, 2010

Twin Forks

David Shaw sees regeneration in the the leafless silhouette of a tree.

Continue reading "Twin Forks" »

October 13, 2010

Fantasy Auction

Jean Cowgill

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August 18, 2010

View From An Aeroplane

Caroline Glyn's thoughts soar to a new understanding.

Continue reading "View From An Aeroplane" »

August 14, 2010

To Breffny

John Brian Leaver's poem expresses a profound longing for that peaceful place where morning breaks to a corncrake's call.

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August 11, 2010

Flying Close To The Sun (Panama, November 9th 2009)

Ivor Murrell’s poem concerns the significance of an ancient and awe-inspiring migration.

Continue reading "Flying Close To The Sun (Panama, November 9th 2009)" »

August 08, 2010

A Brief History Of Time In Wharfedale

John Cooper's hilarious poem will be appreciated and recited wherever the game of cricket is played - and Yorkshire lads will remember it, chuckling for ever more.

To purchase a copy of John's book Unreliable Judgements please visit http://www.poetissimus.com/page8.html

Continue reading "A Brief History Of Time In Wharfedale" »

August 07, 2010

Haast Beach

John Brian Leaver's poem imparts a sense of the vastness of time and the eternal tug twixt sea and men.

Continue reading "Haast Beach" »

August 04, 2010

Ceremonial Headgear

Ivor Murrell’s vivid poem tells of a man who always wore a hat while going about his daily business which on some occasions was pungently unsavoury.

Continue reading "Ceremonial Headgear" »

July 25, 2010

Errant Apostrophes

...There is one field in which exclamation marks proliferate -
in the manuscripts of indifferent writers.
I used to think it was an attempt to give their words impact.
But now I’m not so sure. Perhaps they hope the down stroke
hovering over the point
will scare it into staying put...

John Cooper is one of those rare poets with the power to make you laugh, cry and emit a loud "YES'' of joyful approval and agreement.

Read and enjoy this poem from his recently published book Unreliable Judgements.

Continue reading "Errant Apostrophes" »

July 22, 2010

Timewarp (Chemotherapy)

Paddy Webb records her thoughts at a critical time.

Continue reading "Timewarp (Chemotherapy)" »

June 23, 2010

Canal And Wharf

Jean Cowgill's poem highlights the contrasts between the old and thenew in London.

Continue reading "Canal And Wharf" »

June 09, 2010

Nightmare Ashburnham

Caroline Glyn's poem captures the essence of irrational fear.

Continue reading "Nightmare Ashburnham" »

May 19, 2010

Home Leave

Ivor Murrell’s poem hints at the irreparable loss suffered by some serving soldiers.

Do visit Ivor’s engaging Web site www.versifier.co.uk

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May 12, 2010


Ivor Murrell’s poem tells of the best buy of a lifetime.

Do visit Ivor's excellent Web site and enjoy more of his poems. www.versifier.co.uk

Continue reading "Anticipation" »

April 28, 2010

Perfect Day

John Ayling's poem records a day of perfect bliss.

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April 21, 2010

Sunday Morning

John Ayling tells of bread on a plate, a glass of wine, and the divine presence.

Continue reading "Sunday Morning" »

April 14, 2010

So Deep My Love

John Ayling writes a love poem for his wife.

Continue reading "So Deep My Love" »

April 11, 2010

Opportunities In Panama

Ivor Murrell's vivid poem suggests that the behaviour of birds and ants can remind us of our own predatory instincts.

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April 07, 2010

April Days

John Ayling gives praise for April days.

Continue reading "April Days" »

March 24, 2010


John Ayling's poem conveys the full meaning of Eastertide.

Continue reading "Easter" »

March 17, 2010


John Ayling's poem hails the most welcomed of all the seasons.

Continue reading "Springtime" »

March 10, 2010

The Vision

John Ayling's poem expresses the essence of peace.

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March 03, 2010


John Ayling's poem tells of the day when a harsh reality destroyed a perfect scene.

Continue reading "Marazion" »

February 24, 2010

True Love

John Ayling tells of that most desired of all human gifts - true love.

Continue reading "True Love" »

February 17, 2010

Advice To A Budding Poet

John Ayling has some advice in verse for would-be poets.

Continue reading "Advice To A Budding Poet" »

February 15, 2010

Skull Crushing At Home

...Gently inserting my finger tips I feel around for concepts, opinions, notions, theories, thoughts, noughts, crosses, symbols and words, words, words...

Jacqueline Finesliver's poem will shock you to the very core of your brain.

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February 10, 2010

To My Dear Friend Prys

John Ayling says thanks in verse for a poem sent to him on his 97th birthday by his friend Prys.

Continue reading "To My Dear Friend Prys" »

February 06, 2010

Confession On A Music Note

Masimba Biriwasha conveys the profound emotions aroused by music.

For more of Masimba's thoughts, feelings and words please do visit

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February 03, 2010

By Love Surrounded

John Ayling longed for an eternity of love unbounded.

Continue reading "By Love Surrounded" »

February 01, 2010

Family Stories

...In September 1944 Dam buster hero Guy Gibson
did not return from a bombing sortie
so my father ate his eggs and bacon.,,

In this marvellous and memorable poem Ivor Murrell writes about the loss of a father and new perspectives.

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January 27, 2010

Truth And Beauty

...So full my heart of mystery and awe
As beauty laid upon my mind her spell
I saw new truths I had not seen before..

John Ayling gains fresh insights into the meaning of life from the beauty of Nature.

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January 23, 2010

Dead Images

Ivor Murrell looks at an old photograph of himself and his workmates - and an intense feeling of cameraderie comes flooding back.

Continue reading "Dead Images" »

January 20, 2010


John Ayling's poem expresses the joy of arriving home as a winter darkness falls.

Continue reading "Homing" »

January 06, 2010

A Psalm Of Adoration

This poem-psalm, written by Joyce Worsfield was set to music by Simeon Wood and is available on DVD.

Continue reading "A Psalm Of Adoration" »

Natales Grate Numeras?

John Ayling recalls his 97th birthday with particular pleasure.

Continue reading "Natales Grate Numeras?" »

December 13, 2009

The Well: 6 – Far Annie

Paddy Webb continues her account in verse of the life of her great grandfather John Charles Ayling, the first of three generations of elder sons of that name.

This story, set between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th Centuries, is based on the recollections of Paddy’s grandmother.

In this episode young John, seeking work in London, finds himself under the iron-thumbed control of Fat Annie.

Continue reading "The Well: 6 – Far Annie" »

December 09, 2009


John Ayling's poem reminds us of the meaning of this season of Advent.

Continue reading "Advent" »

November 09, 2009

Busy Line

Anne Steward was moved to write this poem after being frustrated in her attempt to subscribe to a new Broadband service.

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November 04, 2009


Marjorie Parkinson presents a poem for Halloween

Continue reading "Halloween" »


With few but vivid words John Ayling charts the course of a happy day.

Continue reading "Vision" »

November 01, 2009

The Vine At Night

Caroline Glyn's poem conveys the mystery and menace of a nighttime tree.

Continue reading "The Vine At Night" »

October 31, 2009

Ordinary Heroes, Ordinary Heroines - a poem by Ian McMillan

Ian McMillan is a poet. and the funniest entertainer in Britain.

After seeing him perform three weeks ago I have no hesitation in making this declaration. You are in for a cart-load of giggles and guffaws when he takes to the stage, the field or the front room. I am still laughing.

The Times Educational Supplement called Ian the Shirley Bassey of performance poets.

Besides doing stand-up shows he writes newspaper columns and regularly appears on BBC radio and TV.

He gave me permission to run one of his poems. Ordinary Heroes, Ordinary Heroines which he wrote to mark this year's Poetry Day.

Before the poem there are some autobiographical words by Ian.

So...read on, and enjoy. You are in the company of one of the most warm-hearted entertainers of our age.

-- Peter Hinchliffe, Open Writing Editor

Continue reading "Ordinary Heroes, Ordinary Heroines - a poem by Ian McMillan" »

October 28, 2009

To Winifred

John Ayling wrote this poem for his wife Winifred as a gift on her 93rd birthday.

Continue reading "To Winifred" »

October 21, 2009

Siren’s Song

This poem by Edward Spiers tells of the longing which still fills the weary old sailor who was enticed by the siren's song.

Continue reading "Siren’s Song" »


John Ayling's poem expresses a deep longing for for Wales and its scenery

Continue reading "Harlech" »

October 14, 2009


Anne Steward introduces us to the ancient Korean poetic form, Sijo, presenting two of her own poems written in this form.

Open Writing readers are invited to try their hand at writing Sijo.

Continue reading "Sijo" »

Nut Sa Daft

Sandy James’s Yorkshire dialect poem reveals that there is more than one way to spell petrol.

Continue reading "Nut Sa Daft" »

The Trilogy Of Love

...wrapped in love, I face the future day
To share with others what in love I find...

John Ayling distils into words the miracle of love.

Continue reading "The Trilogy Of Love" »

October 07, 2009

Blackley From Hemplow

Paddy Webb's poem conjures up an autumnal moorland view more effectively than any camera.

Continue reading "Blackley From Hemplow" »

September 30, 2009

Lady Of The Lake

The untimely death and funeral of Diana, the Princess of Wales, moved Vera Sanderson to write this stirring poem.

Continue reading "Lady Of The Lake" »

September 23, 2009

God Of The Everywhere

"Where love abides there is no place for fear...''

John Ayling is comforted by the enduring presence of God.

Continue reading "God Of The Everywhere" »

September 22, 2009

Mango Rain

Anne Veronica Steward wrote this vividly pictorial poem to celebrate the arrival of the mango rain in Cambodia, a harbinger of a blessing to come.

Continue reading "Mango Rain" »

September 19, 2009

Bye Jehovah

Sandra Mills’s Yorkshire dialect poem tells of a a door mat bearing an imperative message for the High and the Migbhty.

Continue reading "Bye Jehovah" »

September 16, 2009

This Is The Day

John Ayling's poem says we should fill each day with joyful work and loving play.

Continue reading "This Is The Day" »

September 07, 2009

Strange Seeds

Anne Veronica Steward was moved to write this powerful poem after visiting a minefield in Cambodia.

An account of that visit will appear in Open Writing next week.

Continue reading "Strange Seeds" »

O, I'll sing for you, Rwanda

"I intend visiting Rwanda later this year, and I every time I think of it
tears gather in my eyes,'' says poet Masimba Biriwasha.

Have a listen to this heart-rending tune.


Continue reading "O, I'll sing for you, Rwanda" »

August 26, 2009


John Ayling's poem brings the encouraging message that we should travel on in hope.

Continue reading "Pilgrimage" »

August 16, 2009

Flame Lily

Masimba Biriwasha's words express a longing to understand the essence of the beautiful flame lily - God's flower.

Continue reading "Flame Lily" »

August 13, 2009


John Ayling's poem reminds us that there are few sorrows when faith replaces fear.

Continue reading "Faith" »

August 05, 2009

The Old Artist's Prayer

Caroline Glyn expresses the sombre reflections of a man nearing the end of his time.

Continue reading "The Old Artist's Prayer" »

July 30, 2009

To Winifred

John Ayling wrote this poem for his wife Winifred for her 93rd birthday.

Continue reading "To Winifred" »

July 23, 2009

The Pleasures Of Old Age

John Ayling found that he was having more fun in old age than he did when he was young.

Continue reading "The Pleasures Of Old Age" »

July 20, 2009

Spilt Milk

This dialect poem by Sandra Mills is a plea for “them’’ to stop mucking about with our milk.

For more of Sandra’s words please click on http://www.openwriting.com/cgi-bin/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=1&search=sandra+mills

Continue reading "Spilt Milk" »

July 18, 2009

Time Remembered

Vera Sanderson tells of the shattering of one family's secutiry and bliss.

Continue reading "Time Remembered" »

July 16, 2009

On Our 67th Wedding Anniversary

After 67 years of married life John Ayling found that his love for his wife grew ever deeper.

Continue reading "On Our 67th Wedding Anniversary" »

July 14, 2009


...Enough, enough of this conspired bluff!..,

Sandra Mills, despairing of organised religion, puts in a plea for a return to spirituality.

Continue reading "Knowing" »

July 11, 2009


Vera Sanderson wrote this poem for her sister as a memorial to their parents who met on Armistice Day, 1918.

Continue reading "Memories" »

July 08, 2009


John Ayling writes a deeply thoughful poem about that most famous supper.

Continue reading "Afterwards" »

July 06, 2009

Under The Flight Path

But oh, on that day,
That day
When one of those man-made miracles
Brought you across the world to me...

There is romance in the air in this poem by Sandra Mills.

Continue reading "Under The Flight Path" »

July 01, 2009

A Freedom Thought

Chief K Masimba Biriwasha issues a passionate and optimistic prediction that the waters of freedom will soon flow in his native land, Zimbabwe.

Do please visit Masimba's Web site http://ohmyzimbabwe.wordpress.com/

To read more of his words in Open Writing click on http://www.openwriting.com/cgi-bin/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=1&search=masimba+biriwasha

Continue reading "A Freedom Thought" »

Sunday Morning

John Ayling tells of a simple communion celebration.

Continue reading "Sunday Morning" »

June 27, 2009

Sorrowing Heart

Vera Sanderson's poem brings welcome assurance of comfort.

To read more of Vera's poems please click on http://www.openwriting.com/cgi-bin/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=1&search=vera+sanderson

Continue reading "Sorrowing Heart" »

June 24, 2009

Night Journey

Caroline Glyn is lost in her own thoughts on a night journey.

Continue reading "Night Journey" »

June 23, 2009

Day Is Passing

The approach of night awakens thoughts of mortality in John Ayling.

Continue reading "Day Is Passing" »

June 21, 2009


Sandra Mills sends this chuckle-filled Yorkshire dialect poem from Sydney, Australia.

Continue reading " Pontifikayshun" »

June 20, 2009

Laranjeiras, Portugal

Jean Cowgill’s poem, redolent with the sights sounds and smells of Portugal, reminds us that folk are much the same whichever country they live in.

Continue reading "Laranjeiras, Portugal" »

June 16, 2009


John Ayling's poem is as instant and pleasing as a smile.

Continue reading "Visions" »

June 10, 2009

A Freedom Thought

Chief K Masimba Biriwasha voices a hearfelt poetic plea for an end to dictatorial opression.

Do please visit Masimba's Web site http://ohmyzimbabwe.wordpress.com/

Continue reading "A Freedom Thought" »

June 09, 2009

Young Dreams

John Ayling tells of the dream of his great-grandchildren.

Continue reading "Young Dreams" »

June 05, 2009


Caroline Glyn writes of a brilliantly enclosed life.

Continue reading "Jerusalem" »

June 02, 2009

Evil And Good

If man is fallen, why then good?
If hatred reigns why do we love?
If all is hopeless why the road?
And why still lift our eyes above?

John Aylings' poem points the way to gratitude and hope.

Continue reading "Evil And Good" »

May 29, 2009

The Dragon In The Sky by Caroline Glyn

Caroline Glyn's poem tells of the awakening of time.

Continue reading "The Dragon In The Sky by Caroline Glyn" »

May 26, 2009

To Paddy

In this poem John Ayling expresses the profound parental love for his daughter.

Continue reading "To Paddy" »

May 19, 2009


John Ayling's poem plumbs the depths of despair, yet also expresses an inextinguishable joy.

Continue reading "Caitlin" »

May 16, 2009

Like Sand Through Fingers

Edward Spiers' poem highlights the fragility of a human life - and the worthwhile and enduring wonder of a well-constructed poem.

Continue reading "Like Sand Through Fingers" »

May 12, 2009

On London Bridge. 1920

John Ayling recalls moments of temptation on London Bridge.

Continue reading "On London Bridge. 1920" »

May 09, 2009


Miriam McAtee’s poem epitomizes the ache, the longing for a loved one who has departed.

For more of Miriam’s words please click on http://www.openwriting.com/cgi-bin/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=1&search=miriam+mcatee

Continue reading "Searching" »

May 05, 2009

The Song of the Birds

Here are more words from John Ayling who, when he retired from full-time church work, wrote a poem every day for his beloved wife Winifred.

Continue reading "The Song of the Birds" »

April 30, 2009

Afternoon Swim, Castebellate

Paddy Webb's poem conjures up a perfect time and place.

Continue reading "Afternoon Swim, Castebellate" »

April 28, 2009

To Winifred My Dear Wife

When John Ayling retired from full-time service as an Anglican minister he decided to write a poem every day for his beloved wife Winifred.

Some of these poems will now be appearing in Open Writing.

Continue reading "To Winifred My Dear Wife" »

April 21, 2009

A Tryst

John Brian Leaver's poem is a vivid evocation of a tired man's tram ride home.

Continue reading " A Tryst" »

March 06, 2009

Winter Night

Only the wind moves, muttering as in dreams...

William Ruleman brings us this translation of “Winternacht” by Joseph von Eichendorff (1788-1857)

Continue reading "Winter Night" »

February 16, 2009

Vultures With Human Eyes

...A quick yank at the nylon, and it clicks into place
my eyes meet the wing mirror, and motion begins,
concrete and steel guides to the corporate wasteland, commencing search for a space
surrounded by vultures, with greased hair and seedy grins...

The world can often seem a cold, hostile place, as this poem by Edward J Spiers vividly reveals. Edward is a new voice in Open Writing. We welcome his words.

Continue reading "Vultures With Human Eyes" »

February 07, 2009

The Moon Is Full Tonight

John Brian Leaver's poem reflects the achingly beautiful splendour of a moonlit night.

For more of Brian's words - poems and prose - please click on

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February 04, 2009

Hot Stars

The sight of falling snowflakes inspired this poem by Caroline Glyn.

Continue reading "Hot Stars" »

February 03, 2009

Hacked Off

...In twos and threes,
They rudely hack,
Chatting, sharing,
Enjoying the view,
From up above
The lesser folk.
That’s me.
Hacked off...

A V Steward's poem raises dreams of unhampered motoring, four-legged freedom and the discomposure of those lordly hackers who think they own the road.

Continue reading "Hacked Off" »

January 30, 2009

The Little Song Of The Harlequin

...You must rise again from the dark,
If only to suffer new pain...

William Ruleman's splendid translation of a Hugo von Hofmannsthal poem offers a fine guide to how life should be lived.

For more of William's poems please click on http://www.openwriting.com/cgi-bin/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=1&search=william+ruleman

Continue reading "The Little Song Of The Harlequin" »

January 23, 2009

Winter Tune

William Ruleman's poem reveals in wondrous brevity that a winter tree, the tuneful bluster of Winter winds, bear tribute to the quest for goodness of their Maker.

To read more of William's poems please click here http://www.openwriting.com/cgi-bin/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=1&search=william+ruleman

Continue reading "Winter Tune" »

January 14, 2009

A Train Journey In France

...all France sulks and sweats
And seemingly has no beauty after all.
But still, amid the broiling, painful sun
I feel a sensation in me call.
It wakens glories that I never knew before...

Caroline Glyn's thoughts are carried back to distant times while on a train journey in France.

Continue reading "A Train Journey In France" »

January 12, 2009

What Would You Do If You Could Control The New Year?

William Ruleman brings this simple yet profound new year poem - a translation of lines by Joachim Ringelnatz (1883-1934)

Continue reading "What Would You Do If You Could Control The New Year?" »

January 02, 2009

A Winter Evening

William Ruleman presents a translation of “Ein Winterabend” by Georg Trakl (1887-1914), a poem with a comforting message for all the years.

Continue reading "A Winter Evening" »

December 24, 2008

The Holy Night

William Ruleman presents a timely translation of “Die Heilige Nacht” By Eduard Mörike (1804-1875)

Continue reading "The Holy Night" »

December 19, 2008


William Ruleman's luminous poem is a reminder of the enduring relevance of the Nativity.

Continue reading "Nativity" »

December 12, 2008

Die We All Must

John Waddington-Feather’s poem brings comfort to the grieving.

Continue reading "Die We All Must" »

December 06, 2008

Life is Sweet

Sonia Noble wrote this poem when her border collie was just a puppy. It express the joy of walking with a dog on a crisp, sunny morn.

Continue reading "Life is Sweet" »

December 05, 2008

An Autumn Retreat

William Ruleman's memorable poem reminds us that there is resilience and comfort to be found in Nature's restorative arms.

Continue reading "An Autumn Retreat" »

November 28, 2008


William Ruleman captures the season and its colours in well-honed words.

Continue reading "Autumn" »

November 16, 2008

The House Of Living Stones

Linda McLean’s poem brings solace to those in greatest need.

To read more of Linda’s words please click on http://www.openwriting.com/cgi-bin/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=1&search=linda+mclean

Continue reading "The House Of Living Stones" »

November 14, 2008

Down And Out

William Ruleman's poem highlights the fear and panic which goes along with these tough financial times.

Watch out for more of William's excellent poems in future editions of Open Writing.

Continue reading "Down And Out" »

November 08, 2008

Truth Revisited

John Brian Leaver's wish, should he return in another time, is, with pen in hand, to rediscover the eternal truths.

To read more of his poetry and prose please click on http://www.openwriting.com/cgi-bin/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=1&search=john+brian+leaver

Continue reading "Truth Revisited" »

November 05, 2008

The Disabled Toilet

Brian Jenkinson's poem concerns a nine-year-old boy's confusion over that word "disabled''.

Continue reading "The Disabled Toilet" »

October 22, 2008

Lyth Hill Walk

John Waddington-Feather senses turbulent history as he walks an ancient road.

Continue reading "Lyth Hill Walk" »

October 19, 2008

A Broken Thread

Linda McLean’s poem says that love is too heavy a burden to be supported by a flimsy thread.

Continue reading "A Broken Thread" »

October 04, 2008

Wheelchair Bound

Linda McLean asks us to share the thoughts of those confined to wheelchairs.

Continue reading "Wheelchair Bound" »

September 25, 2008

The Coming Of Autumn

Caroline Glyn's poem concerns the season when Nature begins to grow old.

Continue reading "The Coming Of Autumn" »

August 10, 2008

The Well

Caroline Glyn's poem concerns the wonder of water, and those creatures which live in it.

Continue reading "The Well" »

July 31, 2008

The Narrow Path

A path beckons, but do we have the resolve to go where it might lead?

Masimba Biriwasha sends us another thoughtful poem from Chiang Mai, Thailand. To read more of Masimba's words please type his name in the search box in the menu on this page.

Continue reading "The Narrow Path" »

July 23, 2008

The Wings Of Youth

Masimba Biriwasha's poem tells of the dawning of a faith in the future.

Continue reading "The Wings Of Youth" »

July 13, 2008

The Magic Harvest

...Such richness was in that field,
It shone in the air, the very clouds were loaded
With goodness of hay, and the dust smelt sweet...

Caroline Glyn celebrates the glory and mystery of harvest time.

Continue reading "The Magic Harvest" »

July 08, 2008

A Broken Thread

Love hangs on a slender and fragile thread, says Linda McLean.

Continue reading "A Broken Thread" »

July 01, 2008

The Spirit Of Night

Caroline Glyn finds peace rather than fear in the stillness of the night.

Continue reading "The Spirit Of Night" »

June 18, 2008


Brian Jenkinson celebrates his favourite month.

Continue reading "June" »

June 15, 2008

The Emptiness Between The Hard Rocks

...For long I pushed against either rock seeking to carve out of stone what I imagined myself to be... But now Masimba Biriwasha settles into the middle path.

For more of Masimba's wonderful poems please type his name in the search box on this page.

Continue reading "The Emptiness Between The Hard Rocks" »

June 14, 2008

Celestial Being

Tracy Gaddin, who died while still young, knew what it was like to live through the depths of anguish and self-doubt.

Yet from those depths she drew inspiration for poems which have affected readers on every continent.

Three of her poems have already appeared in Open Writing. To read them type Tracy's name in the search box.

Here now is another of her poems, an endearing expression of her love for her aunt, the sister of her mother Dianne.

Tracy's words live on, bringing comfort to those in need.

Continue reading "Celestial Being" »

June 05, 2008

After The Rain

Masimba Biriwasha's poem expresses a longing for youth... for dreams unclouded by fear.

Continue reading "After The Rain" »

June 04, 2008


Caroline Glyn's poem tells of the aching demands of homework.

Continue reading "Homework" »

May 21, 2008

The Departure

Caroline Glyn's poem captures the moment of a leave-taking.

Continue reading "The Departure" »

May 07, 2008

A Psalm For People

Joyce Worsfold presents a psalm for the troubled - a psalm for all people.

Continue reading "A Psalm For People" »

May 06, 2008

Grey Sunset

Grey clouds remind Caroline Glyn of ancient gods.

Continue reading "Grey Sunset" »

May 01, 2008

View Through A Misty Window

There's a fragile beauty in the view through a misty window, as Caroline Glyn's poem reveals.

Continue reading "View Through A Misty Window" »

April 30, 2008

From The Train

A mere glimpse from a speeding train was sufficient to give birth to this poem by Caroline Glyn.

Continue reading "From The Train" »

April 23, 2008

The Gare de Lyon

Caroline Glyn paints a word portrait of a world-famous station.

Continue reading "The Gare de Lyon" »

April 16, 2008

You Were Made

Joyce Worsfold's poem reminds us of why we exist.

Continue reading "You Were Made" »

April 12, 2008

Dream Prophecy

From a wet and dark Earth Caroline Glyn dreams of space.

Continue reading "Dream Prophecy" »

April 08, 2008

The Outing

Joyce Worsfold's unforgettable words will make you realise just how lucky you are.

Continue reading "The Outing" »

April 07, 2008

Mothers' Day Gift

On Mothers' Day 1993 an IRA bomb exploded in Warrington, Betty McKay's home town, and killed two children. The horrific event prompted her to write these verses.

Continue reading "Mothers' Day Gift" »

April 02, 2008

Trains At Night

Trains are the lords of the night, says Caroline Glyn's poem.

Continue reading "Trains At Night" »

April 01, 2008

Words For A Very Special Girl

Ken Patterson wrote this poem for his granddaughter Haven, who was then five years old.

Continue reading "Words For A Very Special Girl" »

March 30, 2008

New Dawn

Open Writing has already published two poems by Tracy Gaddin, who in her all-too-short life wrote words which brought comfort to others who also suffered from mental anguish.

Those poems, which can be read by typing Tracy's name into the search box on this page, were greeted with enthusiasm by readers around the world.

Here now is another poem by Tracy, written when she was not feeling unwell and was able to welcome the dawn of a new day. Our thnaks for to her mother, Dianne, for allowing us to publish it.

Continue reading "New Dawn" »

March 26, 2008

Time And Tide

May Johnson lived in Whitstable during the flood of 1953. She died in 1995. Her poem is presented by her relatives Ian and Jennifer Johnson as a memorial to a beloved aunt.

Continue reading "Time And Tide" »

March 04, 2008

Waiting In The Station Buffet

Caroline Glyn's poem reflects upon the fact that though people shelter behind identical masks, beneath the surface no two are the same.

Continue reading "Waiting In The Station Buffet" »

February 26, 2008

My River

Marjorie Upson presents two poems which feature the Yorkshire river which flows through her home town - the River Calder.

Continue reading "My River" »

February 24, 2008

Fisherman's Delight

Caroline Glyn tells of a dozing fisherman who experiences a colourful dream.

Continue reading "Fisherman's Delight" »

February 21, 2008

Life's Story

Linda McLean's poem brings the reassurance that after life's storms there is calm.

Continue reading "Life's Story" »

February 20, 2008

Images Of Love

...There are feelings in my fingertips that remind me of you.
The satin of your shoulder that makes me want to cry...

Brian Lockett's poem tells of the images of love which, though they may fade, never disappear.

Continue reading "Images Of Love" »

January 07, 2008

From The Redoubt

Betty McKay's poem concerns first thoughts.

Continue reading "From The Redoubt" »

January 06, 2008

Night Frost On The Road

Caroline Glyn tells of a bleak, seemingly-endless road.

Continue reading "Night Frost On The Road" »

December 18, 2007

A Child's Gift

...But I bless you, child of my mind,
who went where I could never go, behind
the images, into the myths, and raised them for me
visible in a magic painting book...

A child's gift brings to Caroline Glyn a different outlook on the world.

Continue reading "A Child's Gift" »

December 02, 2007

Dark Night

...My greatest elation is the exultation
That follows five hours' silence and desolation.
Each night I lie in darkness and I die
A true death, when at last I cease to be I...

Caroline Glyn welcomes the oblivion of darkness and night.

Continue reading "Dark Night" »

November 28, 2007


...A frozen midnight and a dream that did not pass.
He lay in great peace in the straw, and heard,
still sounding on, the all-creating word;
Above the doorway marched the circling stars,

Turning on the unseen point, on the unheard cry;
As his own life had rested all along
On that which he now knew as awakening song;
Beneath his time he had felt it timelessly lie...

Caroline Glyn writes of the illuminating light that burst upon Caedmon.

Continue reading "Caedmon" »

November 26, 2007

Air Raid

Betty McKay's poem conjures up the frightening and hilarious days of wartime as seen through they eyes of a child.

Continue reading "Air Raid" »

November 11, 2007

Elm Trees

...These swaying boughs seem to chatter and joke
Gesturing as if they were dignified ancient ladies
Enjoying a fashionable cocktail party...

Caroline Glyn conveys the courtly nature of elm trees.

Continue reading "Elm Trees" »

October 30, 2007

Thunderstorm Banquet

Caroline Glyn's poem celebrates one of Nature's fearsome wonders.

Continue reading "Thunderstorm Banquet" »

October 23, 2007

Rosebay Willow

The persistent rosebay willow brings colour and life, even to a scrapyard, as John Waddington-Feather's poem reveals.

Continue reading "Rosebay Willow" »

October 21, 2007


John Waddington-Feather expresses his affection for that cunning rogue - the fox.

Continue reading "Fox" »

October 20, 2007

Vasbyt - Alles Sal Regkom - (Hang In There - Everything Will Come Right)

Recently we published a poem entitled To Inspire The Vanquished by Tracy Gaddin which brought an enthusiastic and appreciative response from readers around the world.

From the depths of her own anguish Tracy was able to fashion words which brought sympathetic comfort to troubled souls.

Here is another poem by Tracy - an offering of nourishing words that will implant themselves in hearts and minds.

Continue reading "Vasbyt - Alles Sal Regkom - (Hang In There - Everything Will Come Right)" »

October 16, 2007


...Your favourite meal was turnip leaves
Nasturtiums pleased you too,
Cabbage and grass, oatmeal and bread,
E’en docken leaves would do!...

Hugh S Robertson's heart-warming poem tells of the rescue and befriending of a frightened young animal.

Continue reading "Nuzzer" »


Masimba Biriwasha's profound poem concerns the greatest evil: the rule by force of one country over another.

Continue reading "Wood" »

October 09, 2007

Butterfly Wings

Masimba Biriwasha writes of the seemingly fragile but undeniable power that drives the longing for freedom.

Do please type Masimba's name into the search box on this page to read more of his moving and inspirational poetry.

Continue reading "Butterfly Wings" »

October 06, 2007

To Inspire The Vanquished

Tracy Gaddin's heart-felt poem expresses desperation, and a desire to be free from hangups.

At the heart of Tracy's words is a deep sympathy for and a desire to help those who suffer from depression.

Continue reading "To Inspire The Vanquished" »

October 02, 2007


John Waddington-Feather's poem is as noble and natural as the bird it concerns.

Continue reading "Hawk" »

September 25, 2007


John Waddington-Feather hails that humble flower, the daisy - a small copy of the sun.

Continue reading "Daisies" »

September 18, 2007

Freedom's Dream In Cell 46664

Then, one day, the ripples of our hope
Grew into a crest-high wave
That tore through the dictator's barbed walls
And made us believe again...

Masimba Biriwasha writes a powerful and memorable poem about the most prizes of human possessions - freedom. The force of his words are all the greater when you realise that Masimba, who now lives and works in Thailand, is an exile from his troubled homeland, Zimbabwe.

To read more of his poems please type his name in the menu on this page.

Continue reading "Freedom's Dream In Cell 46664" »

September 11, 2007

Please Send Me Your Word

Masimba Biriwasha's poem brings to life the power of the word.

Continue reading "Please Send Me Your Word" »

September 04, 2007

The Retired Nun

Masimba Biriwasha's poem tells the shocking tale of a naughty lady.

Continue reading "The Retired Nun" »

September 02, 2007

Picture Them

Joyce Worsfold writes a poem about people in need – then asks questions about what can be done to help them.

Continue reading "Picture Them" »

August 28, 2007

Into Colour

...you must become quiet so
you perceive the river of light
on the edge of adversity...

Poet Masimba Biriwasha shines a light on the difficult path we follow towards the meaning of life.

Continue reading "Into Colour" »

August 21, 2007

A Butterfly's Dream

Masimba Biriwasha's poem expresses the lightness and beauty, the hopes and dreams of a fragile butterfly.

For more of Masimba's richly imagined poems please type his name in the search box on this page.

Continue reading "A Butterfly's Dream" »

August 14, 2007

Freedom's Dream In Cell 46664

Masimba Biriwasha, personally aware of the unending anguish of exile from one's homeland, tells of the desire that no dictator can supress - the longing for freedom.

Continue reading "Freedom's Dream In Cell 46664" »

August 07, 2007

A Season of Faith’s Cataclysm

...Out of the mud, the lotus of your being unveils itself..

Masimba Biriwasha's poem advises us to look within ourselves to find that for which we search.

Continue reading "A Season of Faith’s Cataclysm" »

July 31, 2007

the poem

Masimba Biriwasha presents a poem which sings and swirls across the blankness of time and space.

Continue reading "the poem" »

July 24, 2007

The Dead Poem

Masimba Biriwasha's words will haunt your thoughts.

Continue reading "The Dead Poem" »

July 17, 2007

Woman Of Her Quest

"The function of an artist is to reveal an inner divine realm,'' says Masimba Biriwasha. "This essential divinity is tragically submerged in humanity. To ignore this divine impulse is to destroy one's potential for achieving authentic selfhood and psychological maturity."

This poem by Masimba concerns a woman who unlocks her imprisoned soul.

Continue reading "Woman Of Her Quest" »

July 10, 2007


...Dreaming a different dream is hard,
A dream with eyes wide open, a dream
That makes blood within to boil with renewed passion,
A dream that weaves music like a butterfly's wings,...

Poet Masimba Biriwasha's words give visibilty to the deepest human desires and feelings.

Continue reading "Dream" »

July 03, 2007

My Heart

...My heart urges me in whispers -
It tells me to swing and dance in the wind of a rediscovered self
Like a morning butterfly - so sweet, so free, so there...

That fine poet Masimba Biriwasha tells of thoughts and feelings experienced by every questing human being.

Continue reading "My Heart" »

June 26, 2007

The Dead Butterfly

Masimba Biriwasha sees a message of hope and inspiration in a dead butterfly.

For more of Masimba's wonder-filled poems please type his name in the menu on his page.

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June 19, 2007

Lady Freedom

Masimba Biriwasha reminds us that the price of freedom is the blood of dead heroes and martyrs.

Continue reading "Lady Freedom" »

June 18, 2007

Ode To A Stottie

Mary Shepherd of Ashington, Northumberland - a Geordie, and rightly proud of the fact - brings us an ode to stottie cake. Stottie is a kind of bread - and if you haven't eaten it, well you really haven't lived.

Continue reading "Ode To A Stottie" »

June 12, 2007

find the big dream

...fill that dream here
amid strife and stone
let the dream
sing through your fingers
carrying you to the brink
of that golden river...

Masimba Biriwasha's poems awaken a realisation of the wonderful possibilites for the human heart and soul.

To read more of his words please type his name in the search box on this page.

Continue reading "find the big dream" »

June 06, 2007

The Telephone

Oh for those days of the old-fashioned telephone. Katharine Bentley is no fan of the mobile phone, as her poem reveals.

Continue reading "The Telephone" »

June 05, 2007

today's butterfly

Masimba Biriwasha's poem nurtures the thought that each day is a new-minted opportunity to live a full life.

Continue reading "today's butterfly" »

May 30, 2007

Man In A Geriatric Ward

There is compassion and understanding in Joyce Worsfold's poem about the fading of the light.

Continue reading "Man In A Geriatric Ward" »

May 22, 2007

Ancient Drum

Masimba Biriwasha's poem concerns an ancient dream, and a noble vision.

Continue reading "Ancient Drum" »

May 08, 2007


Masimba Biriwasha believes that the function of an artist is to reveal an inner divine realm. This essential divinity is tragically submerged in humanity. To ignore this divine impulse is to destoy one's potential for achieving authentic selfhood and psychological maturity.

His poem most satisfyingly proves his point.

Masimba is the Policy and Programming Coordinator of Health & Development Networks based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Please visit www.hdnet.org

Continue reading "Flame-Lily" »

May 02, 2007

Peter Remembers

Brian Jenkinson tells of the last night of Peter the Apostle.

Continue reading "Peter Remembers" »

April 07, 2007

I Write Because...

Ramraj Khakurel of Nepal sums up in verse his overwhelming urge to write.

Continue reading "I Write Because..." »


Mike Cunningham brings a sombre word portrait of life in present-day Johannesburg, once the most vibrant and well-run city in Africa, but now sliding into chaos, crime, filth and degradation.

Mike lived in the city for 15 years and was proud of what had been achieved by its builders. His words were prompted by an evocative prose-poem by regular Open Writing contributor Barbara Durlacher who described the Johannesburg of yesteryear.

Both Mike's and Barbara's words appeared in editions this week of the online newspaper OhmyNews International.

Continue reading "Johannesburg" »

March 25, 2007

The Pepper Tree

But still the pepper waved its green fronds gaily,
Though breezes stirring them were hot and dry...

Elaine Lawton tells a rhyming tale of a tree that became a shrubbery.

Continue reading "The Pepper Tree" »

March 09, 2007

In Search Of Words

Miriam McAtee’s poem is about a search familiar to everyone who tries to write.

Continue reading "In Search Of Words" »

March 06, 2007

Called To Be Saints

…Yet those who in stained windows shine
Led lives the same as yours and mine.
And some whose halos have been won
Did things much worse than those we've done…

Brian Jenkinson’s poem is a reminder of the great things that are expected of us..

Continue reading "Called To Be Saints" »

February 26, 2007

Oh My Love, My Land

Masimba Biriwasha, an African living far from his homeland, brings us this heartfelt poem.

Continue reading "Oh My Love, My Land" »

February 14, 2007

Fashions Of The Season

Violet Kendal’s poem indicates that Nature is fashion conscious.

Continue reading "Fashions Of The Season" »

February 11, 2007

Time Left To Go

...The time left to go often occupies my thoughts, and others of my age.
A lifetime that seemed infinite not long ago, now has a more defined dimension...

As the minutes tick away John Merchant pedals a stationary bicycle, his thoughts turning to that most significant of countdowns.

Continue reading "Time Left To Go" »

February 10, 2007

Winter Memories

As snowflakes fall Moira Marchant thinks of childhood days. Moira grew up in Newfoundland.

Continue reading "Winter Memories" »

January 08, 2007


Brian Jenkison’s poem recalls the bright angel who guided the wise men to Bethlehem.

Continue reading "Hail" »

January 03, 2007

My Bonny Lad

Margaret Smith Macabe writes of her "Bonny Lad", Wilfred Dobson, who died earlier this year. Margaret was not much more than a baby when she met Wilf who was 'walking out’ with Rene Bray, the daughter of her neighbour across the street. The pair of them hit it off at once and began a friendship that endured for the better part of sixty years and will – as Margaret writes in her poem – be resumed when eventually she follows on to that place where Wilf has gone.

Bonny Lad is an oft-used expression of endearment by Geordies, folk born near the banks of the Tyne in the environs of the city of Newcastle, Northumberland.

Continue reading "My Bonny Lad" »

December 27, 2006

Have Wheels, Will Travel

A photograph of a small dog whose rear legs had had to be removed and replaced by wheels inspired Jean Cowgill to venture into verse.

Continue reading "Have Wheels, Will Travel" »

December 23, 2006

The Church Of The Nativity

Brian Jenkinson’s poem reminds us of the first Christmas.

Continue reading "The Church Of The Nativity" »

December 20, 2006

Five Senses At Christmas

You need all five senses to experience the best of Christmas, as June Digby reveals.

Continue reading "Five Senses At Christmas" »

December 19, 2006

Memories In A Haze

Miriam McAtee recalls the world as seen through the eyes and sensed through the nose of an infant.

Continue reading "Memories In A Haze" »

December 16, 2006

Podgy Santa

Oh dear! Santa’s getting podgy, he’s eating too much pud, says Aileen Boyed.

Continue reading "Podgy Santa" »

December 13, 2006

The Christmas Present

…“Happy Christmas,” cried Mum, “Just see what I’ve brought,”
As she laid the bundle down. I kissed her.

It might have been boots! Well that’s what I thought…

What was this astonishing bundle that Mum had brought home? Barbara Burden reveals the delightful secret.

Continue reading "The Christmas Present" »

The Morning Light

Peace settles,
The mountain is still,
Silver grey in the morning light…

Len Bourne’s poem paints a pacific scene.

Continue reading "The Morning Light" »

December 05, 2006

Making Devonshire Pasties

So why does she bake those Devonshire pasties when she could buy them ready-made? Joyce Moon’s wise poem reveals the reason.

Continue reading "Making Devonshire Pasties" »

November 28, 2006

A Letter To The Bungalow Owner

Cecilia Evans had a shivery, chilly time in that holiday bungalow.

Continue reading "A Letter To The Bungalow Owner" »

November 22, 2006


Marjorie Upson’s poem was inspired by by Margaret Thatcher’s resignation as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party. She also had in mind Thomas Hood‘s poem of the same title.

Continue reading "November" »

November 21, 2006

A Winters Tale - (Sting In The...)

“Is there anything good about winter?’’ Alan Davey asks.

Continue reading "A Winters Tale - (Sting In The...)" »

November 18, 2006

At The Supermarket Mother Says...

Marion McKeen's poem reveals that choosing marmalade can be a queasy business.

Marion writes for Bonzer! magazine. Please visit www.bonzer.org.au

Continue reading "At The Supermarket Mother Says..." »

November 17, 2006


Amazing what a spot of winter sunshine can do, as Joyce Moon's poem reveals.

Continue reading "Unwintered" »

November 15, 2006

The Depression Years

Edith Pleasance asks us to pity the poor who strived for a crust.

Continue reading "The Depression Years" »

November 12, 2006

The Field Of Play

Ted Morris brings a poem for this Remembrance Sunday.

Continue reading "The Field Of Play" »

Hattah Lakes

Cecily Cross writes of a peaceful place where you hear curlew's lonely call.

Continue reading "Hattah Lakes" »

November 10, 2006

The Wrong Hand

Joyce Moon's poem reflects upon the clasroom injustice of long ago.

Continue reading "The Wrong Hand" »

November 03, 2006

The Mystic

Aileen Boyed tells of a profane message from the mystic.

Continue reading "The Mystic" »

October 31, 2006

A Chilling Tale From The Moor

Here at Halloween is a suitably spooky poem by Sylvia Wiseman.

Continue reading "A Chilling Tale From The Moor" »

October 29, 2006

River Haikus

Meryl Nickels conjures up clear pictures in a series of three-line poems.

Continue reading "River Haikus" »

October 25, 2006

On The Edge

Mary Clemons says a great deal about love in seven emotive lines of poetry.

Continue reading "On The Edge" »

What's Love Got To Do With it?

Aileen Boyed considers the subject closest to every human heart.

Continue reading "What's Love Got To Do With it?" »

October 16, 2006

What More Can I Say?

It’s awfully hard to build a nest, says Kay Savage.

Continue reading "What More Can I Say?" »

October 15, 2006

Three Haiku

Elwyn Frankel presents poems which paint big pictures with few words.

Continue reading "Three Haiku" »

October 13, 2006

Hymn To DIY

Mike Eastwood presents a chuckle-filled hymn to DIY, based on All Things Bright And Beautiful. Come on now, all join in – but not with hammer and paint-brush!

Continue reading "Hymn To DIY" »

October 11, 2006

Flight Path

Meryl Nickels's poem conveys the sheer incredibility of high speed flight.

Continue reading "Flight Path" »

October 10, 2006

Island Tragedy

Ann Danskin's poem recalls a long-ago disaster - a first and last sea-going for four young men.

Ann writes for Bonzer! magazine. Please do visit www.bonzer.org.au

Continue reading "Island Tragedy" »

October 05, 2006


Arthur Gilliland writes a poem about Autumn, the time when juicy richness bears its fruit, and nature swells in completeness...

Continue reading "Autumn" »

October 03, 2006

Candlelight Dance

Judith Joyce Poe reflects on the ageing proces as she watches the world in its candlelight dance.

Judith writes for Bonzer! magazine. Do please visit www.bonzer.org.au

Continue reading "Candlelight Dance" »

September 18, 2006


Sue Papworth writes a poem about what is necessary - or, maybe, what isn't.

Continue reading "Foundations" »

September 15, 2006

Remembering Rock And Roll

Joyce Worsfold's profoundly moving poem is about the reawakening of happy memories.

Continue reading "Remembering Rock And Roll" »

September 03, 2006


Meryl Nickels wonders whether this millennium will bring fragmentation, or the fruition of the theories espoused in that great learning centre, Cambridge.

Continue reading "Cambridge" »

August 29, 2006

An Urge For Peace

There is, sadly, an urgency about Guy Roberts's poem, even though it was written six years ago to mark the beginning of a new millenium.

Continue reading "An Urge For Peace" »

August 25, 2006


Darwin coined the theory of evolution, but now mankind has created evilution, says Lee Cohen.

Continue reading "Evilution" »

August 21, 2006

Rent My Husband

Randal Looney's poem was inspired by a slogan on a paint-spattered truck. It read: RENT MY HUSBAND.

Continue reading "Rent My Husband" »

August 16, 2006

Summer's Day

David Bennett's poem distils the sweetness of a summer's day.

Continue reading "Summer's Day" »

August 04, 2006

Swimming The White River

Randal Looney remembers his youthful days in rural Arkansas.

All we need now is a good tune to match Randal's words - and we have a live-for-ever country classic.

Continue reading "Swimming The White River" »

August 03, 2006

Visiting The Basilica Of The Holy Blood

In the quiet Chapel of a basilica in Bruges, unexpectedly, Jane Williams was offered the blood of Christ to venerate. She then found herself asking the biggest question that can be asked.

Continue reading "Visiting The Basilica Of The Holy Blood" »

July 27, 2006

There Was This Road

Jane Williams's beautiful poem is steeped in the anguish of losing the most important person in her life.

To read more of Jane's profound poetry type her name in the search box on this page.

Continue reading "There Was This Road" »

July 21, 2006

Play Up, Play Up And Win The Game

The wicket-keeper fails to catch cleanly
being a casualty of the double-edged sword
of middle age and arthritis...

Jean Cowgill writes with delight of the true nature and joy of village cricket.

Continue reading "Play Up, Play Up And Win The Game" »

July 20, 2006

Gay Clawson Bray On Her Seventieth Birthday - 20 July 2006

Open Writing's treasured columnist Ronnie Bray writes a poem for a very special lady on her very special day.

Continue reading "Gay Clawson Bray On Her Seventieth Birthday - 20 July 2006" »

July 19, 2006


A solitary sentinel prepares for his midday meal…
Innocent lunch swims towards him….

Jean Cowgill looks out across the estuary, one of Nature's lunch tables.

Continue reading "Lunch" »

July 14, 2006

The Delta Made A Preacher Out Of Me

In telling his father's story in this true-life poem Lawson Anderson says enough to fill a book about life in a Delta town, USA, forty-three years ago.

Continue reading "The Delta Made A Preacher Out Of Me" »

July 10, 2006


Jenny Cooper writes a poem about the most promising of the four seasons.

Continue reading "Inheritance" »

July 05, 2006

My Shield

When Randal Looney was a youngster he used to sneak off to his safe harbour, his maternal grandmother's home. She always greeted him with a sing-song "Come in this house, child.''

Continue reading "My Shield" »

July 02, 2006

The Great East Window

…Almost every day he came to the library, stooped and carrying a worn shopping bag and every day he told me the same stories as he collected his books. "Did I ever tell you that I worked at York Minster?”….

Joyce Worsfold was moved to write a poem about the life of the old man

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June 30, 2006

The Kyle Line

James A Christmas writes a poem about a Scottish rail journey.

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June 27, 2006

Now I'm Sixty Four

"When you get older...'' sang The Beatles long ago. "...will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four...''

And now Sir Paul McCartney, one of the two surviving Beatles, has just turned 64. And Elsie Eva was prompted to dig out the following poem which she wrote when she reached that significant age.

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June 15, 2006

The Flood

Randal Looney got the idea for this poem from a news story a couple years ago. An Arkansas woman had to choose which of her children she was going to save in a flash flood.

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June 01, 2006

A Final Parting

This poem by David Bennett voices a final farewell plea.

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May 26, 2006

The Shearing

Joyce Worsfold's poem captures the reality and the symbolism of one of the biggest events in the sheep farmer’s year.

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May 21, 2006

The Ball Dress

Evelyn Frankel writes of a dream of a dress.

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May 18, 2006


…One dreads to hear that might
Has gained another victory…

Moira Marchant’s poem is as topical today as it would have been in any other age.

Continue reading "Peace" »

May 11, 2006

The Shearing

Their voices a monotonous maa-aa
Grumbling like old men….

It’s sheep-shearing time in this documentary poem by Joyce Worsfold.

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May 04, 2006

Summer Soltice - (With Apologies To Stonehenge)

Paul Brickell, with a chuckle in his rhymes, tells how the summer solstice came by its name.

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April 25, 2006


Carole is a student at a school for people with learning difficulties. Her poem reflects her feelings when faced with the demands of a bureaucratic regime.

Continue reading "Fear" »

April 20, 2006

Communion At St John's

Joyce Worsfold writes of the communion services in a Yorkshire village church – and of the people who kneel "each with a life full and rushed, too little trust and always pushed''.....

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April 18, 2006


Clifton Grady's raw wrenched-from-the-gut poem concerns the dark underside of family life. It's a poem you are not likely to forget.

Continue reading "Americana" »

April 10, 2006

Love Poem - Kaapse Style

Here is a delicious poem submitted by Eddie Joffe, an expatriate South African living in London.

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April 05, 2006

The Gloaming

Randal Looney wrote this poem while thinking of the passing of his favorite writer, Larry Brown. The gloaming refers to the dusk of the day, not quite dark, not quite light. Randal feels it is the best part of the day, as did Mr Brown.

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Remembering Rock And Roll

In Joyce Worsfold’s poem rock and roll weaves its magic on Rosie, a care home resident.

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March 30, 2006

Not Another Ball-Pool

Joyce Worsfold’s poem reminds us of how important it is for a child to play - but not alone.

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March 29, 2006

You Are Gone

My heart shuts an iron gate
The daily color is black...

This poem by Mary Clemons concerns the unwelcomed bleakness of being alone.

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March 24, 2006


A concatenation of sounds conjure up memories of childhood and adolescence for Jean Cowgill.

Continue reading "Sounds" »

March 23, 2006

The Bubble

But my soul is afraid of nothing
It lives in a bubble of joy….

Joyce Worsfold wrote this poem on a night when she could not sleep for worrying about her father, who was facing major surgey with only a slim chance of survival.

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March 16, 2006

Three Sheets To The Wind

Helga Lomas tells us of Old Ted, who found comfort and consolation in his “local’’.

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March 11, 2006

In Belsen

“A number of years ago my husband and I were staying on holiday with a family in Germany. During this period they took us to see the museum and gravesites at Belsen,’’ says Ellie Pemberton. “I was so shocked and the experience had such a profound effect on me that I felt I must write about it as soon as I returned home.”

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March 09, 2006

On An Unknown Great Granddaughter

This given child lives in my heart and mind
Yet all her fate is silence.

Ronnie Bray mourns the loss of a great-granddaughter who was given away.

Continue reading "On An Unknown Great Granddaughter" »

February 27, 2006

The Path

The regular pacings of an office worker prompt speculations in this poem by Randal Looney.

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February 23, 2006


Sounds conjure up pictures of “yesterday’’ in Jean Cowgill’s richly nostalgic poem.

Continue reading "Sounds" »

February 20, 2006

Landscape Change

Miriam McAtee compares the land in which she was born to the land she chose to live in.

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February 18, 2006


What a loud noise silence can make, says Trevor Ward.

Continue reading "Silence" »

February 16, 2006

Reflections Of A Sandgrown 'Un

Barbara Robinson, a Sandgrown ‘Un as the natives of Blackpool are called, writes a poem about the famous seaside town.

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February 15, 2006

Texture Of A Marriage

Here is a poem from Gerry Marks Tatham who was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and taught as an adjunct professor of English for Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, Tennessee) and University of Kentucky at its Fort Campbell campus. She has edited branch bulletins for American Association of Univesity Women, both in Tennessee and Florida. Her background in gag-writing includes personalized Gerry-bilt Cards: "For those who really care for the cheap way out."

Since the Tathams' retirement to Edgewater, Florida in 1995, Gerry has begun to publish poetry and short fiction. Two of her poems have been accepted for "The Poet's Page" in The Pen Woman and her poetry and short stories have been anthologized by Two Friends Publishers.

Gerry is presently writing a murder mystery in the "Malice Domestic" category and is a member of Mystery Writers of America.

Continue reading "Texture Of A Marriage" »

February 13, 2006

Sale Time At Marks And Spencer

Sale time at Marks and Spencer
Everything’s up for grabs.
The women surge like a tidal wave,
Grimly battling in the effort to save…

Pat Morton writes of the joys and frustrations of going to the sales.

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February 12, 2006


Every morning she went down to the pond and cried “Fish, fish, fish.’’ Then one morning the neighbours didn’t hear her. Betty Collins’s short poem tells a big story.

Continue reading "Fish" »

February 10, 2006


Elizabeth Thompson tells of Uncle Bert, a man with a senimental attachment to his posessions.

Visit Elizabeth's Web site lizthompson.blogspot.com

Continue reading "Sentiment" »

February 08, 2006


Brian Lockett brings poetic advice on the best thing that can be done with trees.

Continue reading "Trees" »

Candy Making Blast

Phyllis Pankratz writes of a candy making disaster.

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February 03, 2006


In a few vivid lines Randal Looney tells the life story of a poor boy in America's Deep South.

Continue reading "Buster" »

February 02, 2006

A Chief Inspector

Renee Lowe’s poem is drawn from the depths of the well of sadness.

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January 30, 2006

Should We Like The Flower Be?

Miriam McAtee’s poem suggests that we should live life in innocence, gratefully, not trying to solve its mystery.

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January 27, 2006

Love is...

Love is an artic blast
That freezes logic and frosts
The window of reality.

Mary Clemons seeks to capture in words the greatest human emotion.

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January 23, 2006


Miriam McAtee thinks considers the seasons as a life story.

Continue reading "Seasons" »

January 19, 2006

Blankets Of Flowers

Now I can see, what you gave to me
The courage to fight and the wisdom of letting it be…

Susan Smith Atti’s poem expresses the deepest gratitude.

Continue reading "Blankets Of Flowers" »

January 17, 2006

Time Out

Jackie Mallinson's poem calls for a perspective which reveals that a garden is far bigger than our dreams.

Continue reading "Time Out" »

January 16, 2006

A Psalm For People

Joyce Worsfold’s poem brings the reassuring message that prayers open doors.

Continue reading "A Psalm For People" »

January 11, 2006

The Sky

Without the sky
The world would be
A dismal place
For you and me.

Brian Lockett's witty poem will first make you smile, then make you think.

Continue reading "The Sky" »

January 10, 2006

The Root Of The Affair

Jackie Mallinson's wonders how a man would cope with the gift of a woman's total love.

Continue reading "The Root Of The Affair" »

January 09, 2006

Fateful Sunrise

Miriam McAtee writes of a dawn which brings hope and the will to carry on.

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January 05, 2006

That Feeling

Mary Clemons has a premonition that something bad is going to happen.

Continue reading "That Feeling" »

January 04, 2006


But Chiswick, lovely Chiswick, shows
How quickly you can shed your woes.
The peace and calm and ordered life
Dispel the stress, displace the strife.

Brian Lockett celebrates his home territory, lovely Chiswick.

Continue reading "Chiswick" »

The Arnolfini Marriage

Jan Van Eyck's famous painting, The Arnolfini Marriage, inspired Jean Cowgill to these entertaining and insightful musings.

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January 03, 2006

Rights Of Man?

"But I know my rights are someone else’s wrongs...'' Jackie Mallinson's poem points the way to a peaceful world.

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Jess Shea muses on the one who holds the remote which controls our lives.

Continue reading "Control" »

January 02, 2006

The House That Once Stood Proud

Miriam McAtee writes of a house that is content to stand alone, dreaming of former times.

Continue reading "The House That Once Stood Proud" »

December 30, 2005

If Only

Miriam McAtee's poem regretfully surveys a lifetime of wishing.

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December 27, 2005

The New Builder

...“I’ll bet you shudder every time
The sky turns grey.
All that rain...''

The rain is coming in, and the builder comes to inspect the roof. Jackie Mallinson's poem will make every homeowner go outside to apprehensively stare upwards.

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December 25, 2005

The Christmas Gift

A poem from Joyce Worsfold for this special day.

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December 24, 2005

Christ, His Mass

Arthur Gilliland finds exactly the right words for this Christmas Eve.

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December 20, 2005

The Fox

In Jackie Mallinson's poem the glimpse of a fox in the night prompts thoughts of the rights and goodness of humankind.

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December 19, 2005

The Visitors

Brian Jenkinson writes a poem about the inn, and the birth of the Babe born to be King.

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December 18, 2005


"Whereas unholy male persons who commit foul play should be made
To suffer''

To get the best of Betty Collins's polemic poem, glance over your shoulder, make sure nobody is hovering near you and the computer screen, then read - or rather chant - it aloud.

Continue reading "Counselling" »

December 15, 2005


…magnificent in rage
ripping, roaring, rousting
a monster in action…

Miriam McAtee puts words to the destructive will of a storm.

Continue reading "Storm" »

December 14, 2005

The Angel

There is nothing that God cannot do
The angel said..

Joyce Worsfold brings us an Advent poem.

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December 13, 2005

The Turning Point

“This land of running water
The thundering music of the mountains…’’

Bob Ellis the breathtaking splendour of the landscape of an ancient kingdom.

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In the darkness of an English winter Jackie Mallinson's poem reminds us of light summer nights, and the joy of again seeing swallows.

Continue reading "Swallows" »

December 12, 2005

Changing Times

Brian Jenkinson’s poem features a grumpy 21st Century Wenceslas.

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Miriam McAtee celebrates the life-giving power of rain.

Continue reading "Rain" »

December 10, 2005

Changing Hands

Randal Looney reveals the poetry in simple things, such as a chain and a gate latch.

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December 07, 2005


Randal Looney's poem is an account of the burning of the vacant shell of a house on the outskirts of a town in rural Arkansas.

Continue reading "Halloween" »

December 06, 2005

The Lullaby Of Running Water

The eternal mystery of life encompassed
In one inspiring view

Bob Ellis writes of natural wonders on a watery day.

Continue reading "The Lullaby Of Running Water" »


Jackie Mallinson's poem resignedly recogises the harder path to follow.

Continue reading "Rhetoric" »

December 05, 2005

My October

"October sweeps in upon its high and mighty horse,
Bearing memories instead of a noble rider...''

J.E.M paints a word portrait of the tenth month.

Continue reading "My October" »

December 02, 2005


“The circle of life spins
Returning to just us…
Mary Clemons recognizes eternity in true love.

Continue reading "Eternity" »

November 29, 2005


Tony Ellis writes of those very special moments when the universe seems knowable.

Continue reading "Sometimes" »

My Dream

"My dream is like a softness on the air...'' Jackie Mallinson finds more knowledge in dreams than in tele-mentored talk, talk, talk.

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November 27, 2005

Delta Town

Randal Looney's poem distils the essence of a small dreary town in the Mississippi Delta.

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November 25, 2005


Mary Clemons writes of a blood-chilling nightmare in which goblin, witch and devils come dancing into her room.

Continue reading "Nightmare" »

November 22, 2005

Sneaking Free

Perhaps I can sneak
Into the light
And become accidently aware…

Tony Ellis’s poem longs for a glorious might-be.

Continue reading "Sneaking Free" »

Loves Bind

Jackie Mallinson's poem says our modern times have created too harsh a climate for romantic love.

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November 21, 2005

The Princess And The Pauper

Miriam McAtee rhymes a tale about a princess who is seriously lacking in the common sense department.

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November 16, 2005

Paddy, His Mate And The Policeman

David Reid brings us eight rhyming lines, and one big chuckle.

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November 15, 2005

Places In My Heart

Tony Ellis is aware of an inner sacredness that is beyond the reach of mere words.

Continue reading "Places In My Heart" »

Awake To An English Morning

"I would cast adrift my boat on such a morning, lift my sails, and contentedly slip on to pose a question in some other place.'' Jackie Mallinson is awake and alert to pssibilities on a bright new day.

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November 13, 2005

Aussie Christmas

Soon, very soon, it will be hear again. That festival of consumerism, Christmas. Betty Collins’s poem reminds us of a deeper significance.

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November 08, 2005

Saturday, March 15 - On The Eve Of War

“In the evening
A rabbit threw its life at the wheels of my car
And was gone in a quick bump of tire…’’

Tony Ellis’s sombre words match a grim day in human affairs.

Continue reading "Saturday, March 15 - On The Eve Of War" »

Autumn - Town

Jackie Mallinson muses on the fate of autumn in our modern urbanised world.

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November 02, 2005

The Golfer

David Reid has some rhyming advice to wayward golfers.

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November 01, 2005

My Cambodian God

There’s humour and a deep seriousness in Tony Ellis’s poem about buying a god for $9.50, plus tax.

Continue reading "My Cambodian God" »

Autumn - Country

"I lose the modern touch
And words that once were foreign catch
my soul...''

Jackie Wearing's poem broods upon life's autumn.

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October 31, 2005


Mary Clemons's poem, seemingly simple yet very profound, confirms that two arms can enfold the whole of human happiness and contentment.

Continue reading "Found" »

I Looked Up...

“Let us not miss but do and chance and live…..’’ Miriam McAtee’s poem recommends that we should not mourn the passing of the years.

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October 26, 2005

Travelling By The Cheapest Airline

What's this? A pilot with a white stick? The passengers in David Reid's poem have reason to be concerned.

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October 25, 2005

I Once Met A God

“Have you ever looked in a mirror and seen infinity covered in a stranger’s mask...?'' Tony Ellis’s poems germinate in the mind, changing one’s thoughts and perceptions of the world.

Continue reading "I Once Met A God" »

October 24, 2005

Love In Lincolnshire

Thelma Bandy's poem features an extraordinarily lively Linclolnshire lass.

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October 19, 2005

Our Happy Life

David Reid sums up a happy life in twelve rhyming lines.

Continue reading "Our Happy Life" »

October 18, 2005

In The Face Of God

“…I giggle inside with joy, a child who, for a fraction of time has sneaked into God’s garden…’’ Tony Ellis’s poem tells of the profound bliss that is the gift of meditation.

Continue reading "In The Face Of God" »

October 16, 2005


It’s difficult to hold a conversation in an aquarobics class, as Betty Collins’s strenuous poem reveals.

Continue reading "Aquarobics" »

October 12, 2005

A Carpet Job In Mudgee

Oh dear! What was that bump in the carpet. Prepare yourself for a good giggle as you scan David Reid's odd ode.

Continue reading "A Carpet Job In Mudgee" »

October 11, 2005

A Heart Full Of Galaxies

Tony Ellis's short poem is as vast as ll that we know.

Continue reading "A Heart Full Of Galaxies" »

October 10, 2005

Facets Of A Dream

In this short poem Miriam McAtee conveys the strange “reality’’ of a dream.

Continue reading "Facets Of A Dream" »

October 05, 2005

It's Not Bad Being A Mouse

Life isn't easy for mice. But the mouse narrator in David Reid's poem has reasons to be cheerful.

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October 04, 2005

Childhood Memory

In this seemingly-simple poem Tony Ellis distils the essence of a child's ability to create wonders out of the ordinary and the everyday.

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October 03, 2005

To Register Twins

David Reid's brisk rhyme will make you chuckle.

Continue reading "To Register Twins" »

October 02, 2005

Mildura Air Show

“A sky chalked by the
intricate choreography
of loops and roll-overs…’’

Cecily Cross captures in words the balletic manoevres of an air show.

Continue reading "Mildura Air Show" »

September 27, 2005

A Place Of Peace

Read, absorb and accept the message in this profound poem by Tony Ellis - and you will learn all that you need to know to lead a happy life.

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September 26, 2005

The Magic Snoover

You see I discovered
One lucky fine day
That using a snoover
Was quite a new way.


Grown ups don't know about snoovers. Only children are aware of their magical computing powers and their ability to help with chores. But Robert Beecher's splendidly bouncy poem indicates that modern tehnology will never replace the honest grind of homework.

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September 20, 2005

Hawks Watched Me

A TONY ELLIS poem is a link to life's deepest secrets and significances. The next time you see a hawk, remember that it is doing an appointed task.

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September 13, 2005

There Are Angels Sneaking Up On Me

Tony Ellis's short poem is full of wonder and delight.

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September 04, 2005

At Night

Caroline Glen's poem is a powerful and moving protest at the folly and futility of wars,

See more poems by Caroline, and numerous other writers, on her Web site: http://www.kookamongasquare.com/carolineglen/

Continue reading "At Night" »

September 02, 2005

There Is Wisdom In Walnuts

After graduating from West of England College of Art, Tony Ellis spent over twenty-five years studying meditation and Vedic philosophy with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. His work has taken him to many parts of the world, including India, The Philippines, Switzerland, Holland and the United States. He has been a production manager and editor for educational presses in both Europe and the United States and has collaborated with leading entertainers organizing concerts for world peace.

He now resides in Fairfield, Iowa, and Vancouver, BC, with his wife, Marion, and writes and produces books and films about spiritual life. His first book of spiritual verse, There is Wisdom in Walnuts was published in 2004; a second volume, The Morning Tree follows soon.

Some of Tony's poems and prose will be featured in Open Writing in forthcoming weeks. Today's poem shares the same title as his book.

Continue reading "There Is Wisdom In Walnuts" »

August 29, 2005

Approaching The Mean

David Bennett writes a personal poem about an average sort of man.

Continue reading "Approaching The Mean" »

August 26, 2005

How Time Flies

In the blink of an eye Rosemary Mitchell turns a cliché into a poem.

Continue reading "How Time Flies" »

August 22, 2005

Summer Sun

June Digby's poem about summer sunshine ends with a warning that chills the blood.

Continue reading "Summer Sun" »

August 19, 2005

Footsore And Free Of Fancy

Jean Cowgill's trek on Britain's premier long distance walk produced a crop of blisters on her feet - and this witty poem.

Continue reading "Footsore And Free Of Fancy" »

August 16, 2005

Rain Forest Interlude - Tullawallal

"Low moss-covered rocks and lush green ferns border the path to Tullawallal...'' Ilse Erber writes a poem imbued with the style of W B Yeats about a very special place.

Continue reading "Rain Forest Interlude - Tullawallal" »

August 10, 2005

The River Esk

Jean Cowgill writes a fast-flowing poem about the life-span of the River Esk in North Yorkshire.

Continue reading "The River Esk" »

August 08, 2005

Summer Madness

Mike Eastwood's sunny rhymes express the feelings of a worshipper of the great god Sol.

Continue reading "Summer Madness" »

August 07, 2005

Study In Scarlet

"Rose of the curb side, I see you go on your terrible nightly quest...'' Merle Parkin's poem concerns what some call "the oldest profession''.

Continue reading "Study In Scarlet" »

August 05, 2005

Who Killed Tommy Atkins?

Mike Eastwood's poem is a sober reflection on the price paid by those "ordinary'' lads in the trenches.

Continue reading "Who Killed Tommy Atkins?" »

August 03, 2005

The Mission

Jean Cowgill's evocative poem recalls days in her childhood when she carried an evening meal (snap) to her father, who worked at a local coal mine.

Continue reading "The Mission" »

July 31, 2005

Fire In The Forest

Elwyn Frankel's poem crackles with menace.

Continue reading "Fire In The Forest" »

Island Of Dreams

Ted Morris writes of that island of dreams for which we long.

Continue reading "Island Of Dreams" »

July 29, 2005

Images Of Kal - Winter

Lorraine Dodd's bleak poem is inspired by a painting by Robert Jumper,

Continue reading "Images Of Kal - Winter" »

July 26, 2005


Divya Kumar sends us a poem from India about... Ah, it is up you to take your own meaning from these thoughtful words.

Continue reading "Effervescence" »

July 25, 2005

The Silent Sentinel

...Still he stands, head bowed, silently remembering those who are no more... Marjorie Upson was moved to write these verses after seeing a stone figure on a cenotaph.

Continue reading "The Silent Sentinel" »

July 24, 2005


Barbara Tregonning's poem focuses on the "delights'' of being a boarder at a school far from home.

Continue reading "Innards" »

July 22, 2005


Jane Williams writes an unsentimental poem about death - a poem that will continue to grow in your mind long after you have read the last line.

Continue reading "Surprise" »

July 20, 2005

The Gardener

An apprentice relaxes after working on a garden, pleased with his proud and careful plan. But in Arthur Gilliland's thoughtful poem there is a Gardener to point out that the Maker has a much greater and all-embracing plan.

Continue reading "The Gardener" »

July 15, 2005

The End Of Summer

Gill Laurence's poem could not be more topical, in England now.

Continue reading "The End Of Summer" »

July 13, 2005

The Head Teacher Retires

Retired teacher Brian Jenkinson has a timely message for a retiring head teacher.

Continue reading "The Head Teacher Retires" »

July 08, 2005

How I Feel Today

After hearing news of the terrorist bombings in London yesterday, Lorraine Roxon Harrington, who lives in Australia, felt compelled to write this poem.

Continue reading "How I Feel Today" »

July 05, 2005

A Cautionary Tale

Mike Eastwood writes a rollicking poem about two drinking men, Bob and Ted - paying due obeisance to the rhythm of the children's poem Jack and Jill.

Continue reading "A Cautionary Tale" »

July 04, 2005


What a lucky person is the "you'' in Jean Cowgill's delicious poem.

Continue reading "You" »

June 26, 2005

The Empty Beach

Merle Parkin contemplates the beauty of a beach that has been manicured by the cleansing tempests of the night.

Continue reading "The Empty Beach" »

June 24, 2005


Gill Laurence's poem takes as its inspiration the song The Streets Of Laredo. Gill's tuneful poem is far cheerier than the dirge upon which it is based.

Continue reading "Embankment" »

June 19, 2005

Canoe Song

"You make me feel like straying out in the wilderness as wild things do...'' Merle Parkin writes a tribute to an old canoe.

Continue reading "Canoe Song" »

June 13, 2005

Summer 1999

John Bayley writes a poem about a very special summertime contest.

Continue reading "Summer 1999" »

June 12, 2005

A Book Of Verse

A slim volume of poems carries Jean Smith back to her childhood.

Continue reading "A Book Of Verse" »

June 06, 2005

Ode To An Old Man

Joyce Worsfold writes a life-enhancing poem about an old man who lived for his garden - and for God.

Type Joyce's name in the search box on this page to read more of her wonderful poems. Her words have the power to move you to tears - tears of sadness, of mirth, of joy.

Continue reading "Ode To An Old Man" »

June 03, 2005

A Tale Of Ale

Derek Taylor's poem is a bright and breezy cautionary tale about ale.

Continue reading "A Tale Of Ale" »

June 02, 2005


Barbara Tregonning's moving poem expresses perfectly the strong ties between a man and his dog.

Continue reading "Dinah" »

May 30, 2005


Joyce Worsfold writes with humour about that last sad event - but the humour cannot conceal an ocean of tears.

Continue reading "Finale" »

May 29, 2005


Betty Shorting's poem features a lass who is all too willing to say goodbye to Johnny.

Continue reading "Johnny" »

May 27, 2005

Sacred Reality

"Each life a story cut loose upon holy ground...'' Irene Attwood's poem promotes serious thought.

Continue reading "Sacred Reality" »

May 25, 2005

Death Nonetheless

When one of his friends committed suicide Sudharsan was moved to write this heart-wrenching unforgettable poem. It is a compassionate and fitting memorial to a troubled human being.

Continue reading "Death Nonetheless" »

May 23, 2005

Your Eyes

To read the eyes is to read the soul, says Arthur Gilliland's poem.

Continue reading "Your Eyes" »

May 22, 2005


"We watched each other getting old, contented side by side...'' Gill Laurence writes a poem about the truest of true loves.

Continue reading "Watching" »

May 21, 2005

New Growth

We must learn from nature if we are to build a world filled with hope, says Mike Eastwood's poem.

Continue reading "New Growth" »

May 20, 2005

When I Grow Up

Joyce Worsfold's poem about children's ambitions says a great deal about changing times - and says it with a smile.

Continue reading "When I Grow Up" »

May 16, 2005


"Miles and miles of beach and ocean disappearing into nothing...'' You can hear the roll and thunder of the ocean in this poem by Lorraine Dodd.

Continue reading "Wallal" »

May 14, 2005


Early Fifties summer cricket in dirt back garden or lampost street...cars with running boards, doors opening backwwards... Mike Holding's poem presents a vivid portrait of a bygone Britain, with it snobbery and class-consciousness.

Continue reading "Childhood" »

May 12, 2005

The Mystic

Aileen Boyed, challenged to write a poem containing a given list of words, tells us of a mystified mystic.

Continue reading "The Mystic" »

May 09, 2005


Rosemary Mitchell's poem about a nightmare contains a scream, then a chuckle.

Continue reading "Nightmare" »

May 05, 2005

To Forgive Or Not

Irene Attwood writes a poem about what is perhaps the most difficult of all decisions - to forgive.

Continue reading "To Forgive Or Not" »

May 03, 2005

Carefully Cut

In Mike Holding's poem a snip and slither of the scissors creates a new man.

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May 01, 2005

Signs Of Spring

"...The woods with bluebells now are spread...'' Brian Jenkinson writes a poem about the wonders of the English springtime.

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April 28, 2005


She dreams of tall trees, nightingales, damask light...and then she enters a place of mud. Joyce Worsfold's poem is about a life that has fallen apart.

Continue reading "Breakdown" »

April 24, 2005

Staying With Grandma

Mike Eastwood writes a poem about one of childhood's greatest delights - staying with gran.

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April 21, 2005


Ken Sylvestre sums up life and its delights in nine verses.

Continue reading "Joy" »

April 20, 2005

In Praise Of Smelling Nice

So what do you wear in bed when you are sixty-three? That is, what perfume do you wear? Sylvia West's delicious poem gives you the answer.

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April 18, 2005

Late Easter 2003

Cecil Parry's poem looks back to the Easter of two years ago - a time of war.

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April 17, 2005

What I Like

Fourteen-year-old Matthew Sutton, who now lives in New Zealand, writes a poem about Africa, the place from whence he came.

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April 15, 2005

A Laughing World

"Can you imagine a laughing world all day?'' Vineet Singal asks in this cheerful poem. Vineet is from New Plymouth, New Zealand.

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April 14, 2005

The Cell

"Another's will you do, as is another's will I, too, perform'' declares Arthur Gilliland's powerful poem in the voice of the prophet, John.

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April 12, 2005


There is no other tool that personifies brilliance or shows up the fool quite as clearly as writing. Kay Savage's poem reflects on what can be achieved with a pen.

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April 10, 2005


Ron Kaye, who lives in South Island, New Zealand, brings us a poem steeped in memories and longings for a homeland.

Continue reading "Harbourings" »

April 07, 2005

The Hunt

Matthew Sutton of Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand, writes a poem about the harsh inevitability of life and death on the plains of Africa.

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April 05, 2005

Planet Earth

"Must we add to all the fears of natures ways?'' asks John Arie Rook of Lower Hutt, New Zealand, in this poem which brings a sombre warning.

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April 04, 2005

They Meet In The Library At Two

They meet in the library at two, ladies with a spare hour or two - and please bring a nice man, says Bessie Woolrich's poem. Enid Turner comes right back with another poem, telling Bessie where those nice men are.

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April 03, 2005

Anno Domini

...I used to be thin, but now the sizes seem to grow, and all my bumps begin to show... Marjorie Upson writes a positive poem about the ageing process.

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March 31, 2005

Bank Holiday

Mike Eastwood's nostalgic poem recalls the Bank Holiday when he "grew from a boy to a man''.

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March 28, 2005

Pennine Sunset

"The Heavens are aflame, once-mournful clouds burn bright,'' says David Bennett, as a spectacular Pennine sunset encourages deep thinking.

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March 27, 2005

The Easter Garden

Brian Jenkinson presents a poem for Easter Day.

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March 26, 2005

Ode To An Old Man

Ninety-two summers and ninety=two springs are as fragile and transient as butterfly wings, says Joyce Worsfold's poem.

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March 24, 2005

Agnus Dei

"...And in that place peace wrapped me, softly, sustaining me in my eager turbulance, and carried me onward to a path of certainty.'' In this, the most important week in the Christian calendar, Arthur Gilliland brings a poem of good hope.

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March 22, 2005

A Lover's Lament

Will you still love me at seventy, asks Mike Eastwood in this bitter-sweet poem.

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March 21, 2005


Love awakens, blossoms, grows, matures, changes, mellows, remains, endures... Love is all there is, declares Radmila Dancer's triumphant poem.

Continue reading "Love" »

March 20, 2005

Endangered Species

Marjorie Upson's poem features that endagered species - the road-sweeping man.

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March 19, 2005

For Ewan

"....Bringing only one silver coin with love's imprint...'' Jane Williams's short poem is the distilled essence of love.

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March 14, 2005

A Special Class Of People

Thirty-five in the class. Thirty-five lives with just a few problems. Thirty-five beings who could change the world... Joyce Worsfold's poem has the power to change the way you think about teachers - and children.

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March 03, 2005

Barney And Sam

Joyce Worsfold brings us a delightful poem about a couple of donkeys. No asses, they!

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February 28, 2005

The Delph

Enid Turner was sorting through some old snapshots when she found a photograph, taken outside the home of her grandparents, of a teenage girl on a motorbike, which resulted in a flood of memories. The girl was called Ida. Enid named her beloved celluloid doll after her. She still has the doll.

This poem is a backward glance to the time and place where the photograph was taken.

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February 22, 2005

Missing - A Poem And A Very Special Appeal

Dave Horner is collecting poems with the aim of publishing them in a book to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committe funds.

In the wake of the horror of the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York's Trade Centre twin towers, Dave wrote the poem Missing. Following the terrible tsunami disaster, the poem is as apposite now as it was in the week it was written.

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February 16, 2005

A Mother's Poem

Sylvia West wrote this poem late on Christmas Day, a suitable time to consider the hardest task which every parent faces - letting go of their children.

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February 07, 2005

The Irony Of Time - October 1918

Arthur Gilliland's moving poem is about an uncle he never had chane to meet.

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February 06, 2005


"All our services are bombed out to hell and everyone says that it's for our own good...''' Mike Eastwood's powerful poem will make you think deeply about tragic events that are still unfolding in a certain country.

Continue reading "War" »

January 20, 2005


Strut not in pride, says Philip Sibley's thoughtful poem. If honour's justly earned, it will a bearing give.

Continue reading "Steps" »

January 10, 2005


Margaret Hakansson's poem says we have too many choices, too much to ponder.

Continue reading "Choosing" »

January 03, 2005

Lucy, Who's Your Neighbour?

In a time when there has never been greater need of international good-neighbourly actions, Arthur Gilliland's poem remind us of the Lucky Lucys who think only of themelves.

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December 27, 2004

Just A Thought

David Bennett presents a challenging and controversial poem for Christmastide.

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December 25, 2004

Robert's Train

Joyce Worsfold, a retired teacher, reminds us that on this special day not every child is as happy as we would wish.

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O Wondrous Night

A poem for today by Brian Jenkinson.

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December 24, 2004

Christmas Eve At Priddy Pool

Jane Williams's achingly beautiful poem about the wonder of human love is not just for Christmas Eve. It may take up permanent residence in your memory.

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December 23, 2004

Stewing About Beef

Dave Horner was moved to write a poem about one of life's greatest treats - beef stew!

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December 20, 2004

The Lord, Immanuel

Brian Jenkinson uses plain words to reflect on the wonder and profundity of Christmastide.

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December 16, 2004

Let There Be Peace

Thelma Bandy's passionate plea for a peaceful world could not be more timely.

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December 14, 2004

Birthday Wishes

Brian Jenkinson's poem brings a timely reminder this Christmastide.

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December 13, 2004

Nursery Nativity

Nothing captures the spirit of Christmas more accurately than a nativity play performed by nursery children. And no one has captured in words the essence of a nursery nativity more wonderfully than Joyce Worsfold.

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December 11, 2004

My Secret Place

Pamela N Partridge writes an evocative poem about her secret hiding place.

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December 09, 2004

Peace At Christmas

Brian Jenkinson's poem voices a universal plea.

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December 07, 2004

Enjoying Christmas

If we thought about the reason why we keep this holy season, says Brian Jenkinson's poem, then perhaps we should enjoy it after all.

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December 05, 2004

Tea Towels

People give Sylvia West tea towels which are much too posh for everyday service. She keeps them, sparkling clean and unused, in a linen store - but at least they have provided material for an amusing poem.

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December 03, 2004

The Meaning Of Christmas

Brian Jenkinson's poem brings a timely reminder of why we should celebrate at Christmas.

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November 29, 2004

The Missing G

David Bennett proves that you can drop the g from many a word and still create an enjoyable poem.

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November 22, 2004

Roaming With M.E.

Myalgic encephalomyelitis, M.E. for short - an ugly name for a nasty, lingering illness. Arthur Gilliland writes a sensitive and moving poem about its imprisoning effects.

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November 18, 2004


In this ssplendily ssibilant poem Susan Siddeley payss a vissit to the dentisst.

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November 15, 2004

Visiting The Past

Jane Williams, moved to the depths of her being by the loss of her partner and lover, wrote this profoundly sad, beautiful poem.

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November 11, 2004

Flanders Field

In this eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year - the appointed time to remember the victims of too many wars - Vera Sanderson's heart-felt poem demands that we should never forget those who gave their lives so that we might live.

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November 08, 2004

The Bookmark

A bookmark is the serious reader's most loyal friend, as Dave Horner's cheery poem reveals.

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November 06, 2004

My Ancestors

Pamela N Partridge longs to explore the English and Irish villages where her ancestors lived.

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November 04, 2004

Pig In The Middle

In this achingly sad poem Joyce Worsfold tells us why a young child can have the weary look of an old man.

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November 02, 2004

Folly Bridge

Marie Armstrong's touching poem confirms that a happy memory can last a lifetime.

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November 01, 2004

My Ceiling

Arthur Gilliland's poem is a confirmation of the fact that if you look at the world with imaginative eyes, you will be amazed by what you see.

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October 30, 2004

How Do I Feel?

In this deeply-felt poem Patricia Wade expresses the feelings of those left behind when soldiers go to war.

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October 26, 2004


There's more than one shiver in Brian Jenkinson's poem - but also the cheerful thought of a re-awakening earth.

Continue reading "Winter" »

October 25, 2004

On Turning Sixty

Brenda Scully's poem contains the reassuring message that there are advantages in reaching one's sixtieth birthday.

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October 24, 2004


Margaret Hakansson's poem suggests that we are faced with too many choices.

Continue reading "Choosing" »

October 19, 2004

The Seed

The narrator in Arthur Gilliland's powerful poem longs to touch and smell the land he only sees in books and dreams.

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October 17, 2004


War is made from promises of glory, says Arthur Gilliland's timely poem. But the meek have a truer glory...

Continue reading "Gulf" »

October 15, 2004

Left-handed Scissors

"Suddenly I can clearly see I'm a left-handed-scissors-sort-of-me...'' Jane Williams's poems are a constant and very special delight.

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October 12, 2004

Summer 1999

John Bayley bares the flesh in this rattling good poem.

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October 07, 2004


Brian Jenkinson's short poem encapsulates the agonies experienced in the exam room.

Continue reading "Exam" »

October 05, 2004

The Spirit Of England

Mike Eastwood's splendidly patriotic poem contains a timely warning.

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September 22, 2004

Going Up

There's a chuckle in every verse of Brian Jenkinson's poem. And the message is...but don't let me spoil it. Read on, and find out for yourself.

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September 21, 2004

One Hundred And Ninety-nine Steps

Nancy Kilburn describes in verse the famous 199 steps which lead from the old quarter of Whitby, the Yorkshire fishing port, up to the cliff-top church of St Mary's.

Continue reading "One Hundred And Ninety-nine Steps" »

September 18, 2004


Joyce Worsfold's poem is quickly read, but it's significance is slow-burning and long-lasting.

Continue reading "Concentration" »

September 17, 2004

On Turning Sixty

Sixty! You don't look 60 they cry. But what does 60 look like, Brenda Scully asks in this poem?

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September 16, 2004


Our love, once an eagle soaring with the angels, is now a frightened, tiny bird, writes Arthur Gilliland in this memorable poem.

Continue reading "Requiem" »

September 15, 2004


Jane Williams writes an achingly sad poem about a young lad in desperate need of help.

Continue reading "Therapy" »

September 13, 2004


Man has passed this way once. In an instance wiped away by the advancing tide... Philip Sibley's short poem carries a heavy warning.

Continue reading "Dinosaurus" »

September 11, 2004

The Yorkshire Dales

Kathy Denton gains a humbling perspective on life in the natural cathedral of the Yorkshire Dales.

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Nasho's Day

Joan Evans wrote this poem for her husband, who was a National Serviceman. He plays golf each Friday morning with other "Nashos''.

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September 10, 2004


Clutterbuck the dustman is an object of acute desire in Jane Williams's perky poem.

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September 08, 2004


In this poem Frances Power playfully juggles some well-known sayings.

Continue reading "Sayings" »

September 07, 2004

The Apple Tree

Brian Jenkinson's poem tells us of plots no longer carefully tended by gardeners, yet there remains one thing to remind of past glories - a lonely little apple tree.

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September 06, 2004


Mike Eastwood presents seven haiku, poems which set you thinking by speaking volumes in just three lines.

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September 04, 2004

Kakadu Calling

Joan Evans has written a poem about one of her favourite places, Kakadu, part of Arnhem Land in the far north of Australia.

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September 02, 2004

Having Relations

"Do you still have relations, at your age?'' the doctor said - and what did he mean by that? Arthur Gilliland's poem is a consideration of that weighted word, relations.

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August 31, 2004

Another Oh Dear!

There's no need to shout, to spell things out, says Betty Swancott in this funny poem. But is she right?

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August 29, 2004

The Natural Curriculum

In this funny and deeply moving poem Joyce Worsfold describes a visit by children from a city school to a splendid Victorian house deep in the English countryside.

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August 26, 2004

Almondbury Players (1971-1996)

Brian Jenkinson writes a requiem for a local amateur dramatic group.

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August 25, 2004


June Digby muses on the source of the inspiration that led to the design of a magnificent cathedral.

Continue reading "Architect" »

August 24, 2004


Childhood demands its inbred right to love, says Kathleen Holmes in this thoughtful poem.

Continue reading "Cry" »

August 23, 2004


The ebb and flow of the seasons inspired Violet Kendal to write this sequence of poems.

Continue reading "Seasons" »

August 19, 2004

The Fairground

June McCormick paints a colourful poetic portrait of a fair - a mobile hurdy gurdy town.

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August 17, 2004

The Spiritual Railway

James Entwistle invites sinners to join the rail line to life eternal in this spiritual poem.

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August 16, 2004

Four Haiku

Four more profound haiku to set you thinking. These come to us from Kevin Jackson in Australia.

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August 14, 2004


"Take my music take my all,'' says Philip Sibley in this poem. "Memories, hopes, experience, all in sounds realled.''

Continue reading "Chords" »

August 11, 2004

The Wedding

A bevy of bridesmaids in silky flounces, the little one skips and gently bounces... In this heart-warming poem Joyce Worsfold gift-wraps the joy and humour of a wedding.

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August 10, 2004

Hi, Haiku

These five haiku by Robert Nichols are guaranteed to set you thinking.

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August 07, 2004

Lost Love

Pity sets its own disguise when love is gone, says David Bennett in this moving poem.

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August 06, 2004

Couplets In C Minor

Does a conductor really control an orchestra? Mike Eastwood expresses doubts in this poem which rattles along with an irresistible rhythm.

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August 02, 2004

Excavating In Somerset - 1970

A tiny skull thin as eggshell, the backbones honey-coloured, a bird-bone pelvis fretted like old ivory, fingers and toes seed pearls unstrung...

In this profound poem Jane Williams tells of the dicovery of the bones of an infant during an archaeological dig.

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July 31, 2004

Summer Holidays?

Glen Taylor's vigorous poem suggests that if the noisy kids don't get you while you're on holiday, a stingray might!

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July 26, 2004


Philip Sibley advises us to contemplate bird-flight and allow ourselves to be persuaded that all is well in the pastures willed to man.

Continue reading "Flyaware" »

July 25, 2004

Fifty Things To Do Before I Die

"I've never done hang gliding, I've no desire to soar,'' confesses Catherine Devine in this cheerful poem.

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July 22, 2004


Simply to hold hands while out walking... Rene Lowe's short poem highlights life's purest pleasures.

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July 20, 2004


Brian Jenkinson writes an affectionate poem about Raffles, a dog that lost a leg in a road accident.

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July 15, 2004


Renee Lowe present a fearsome drama in 13 lines of verse.

Continue reading "Dreams" »

July 13, 2004


Kathleen Holmes brings us an amusing rhyming account of the dating game.

Continue reading "Dating" »

July 09, 2004

Tracy's Wedding

Ellen Warner's slice-of-life poem is one of the funniest you will read this week - or any week. Move over, Pam Ayres!

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July 08, 2004

Early Influences

Elaine Day thinks back to her school days and wonders whether they really were carefree.

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July 06, 2004

Kate's Socks

Jane Williams writes tenderly of a baby daughter, whose feet were not yet familiar with the hard earth.

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July 03, 2004


A hand can summarise the story of a life as Glen Taylor's thoughtful poem reveals.

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July 02, 2004

A Multicultural Education

Former teacher Joyce Worsfold, writing with heart-felt sympathy, introduces us to children from many places.

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June 29, 2004

A Rural Lot Is Not A Happy One

The young farmers smell like silage bins and an ewe is munching its way through the vegetables... Glen Taylor casts an amused and affectionate eye on New Zealand's rural scene.

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June 28, 2004

Winchester Cathedral Old Choristers

Stephen Morse was moved to write this poem after a reunion meeting of Winchester Cathedral Old Choristers Association.

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June 25, 2004

Daffodil Rap

John Kilburn, with apologies to William Wordsworth, skips briskly along to the rhythm of the Daffodil Rap.

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June 24, 2004


Read Renee Lowe's daydream wishes and you will be prompted into immediately compiling your own wish list.

Continue reading "Daydreams" »

June 22, 2004


"If I should know too much, where would I find mystery?'' Philip Sibley muses in this intriguing poem.

Continue reading "Mysteries" »

June 21, 2004

Moments Of Joy

Beryl Seath reveals in this poem that simple pleasures bring great joy.

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June 17, 2004

Wild Swans

Arthur Gilliland is soothed by the sight of wild swans, and a softly rippled lake.

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June 16, 2004

Old Miseryguts

David Bennett reflects with sober humour on the consequences of being old.

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June 15, 2004

Shepley Village

Eight-year-old Eleanor Baines writes a splendid poetic tribute to her home village.

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June 14, 2004

Boys Will Be Boys

The sobering message in Glen Taylor's poem is that boys who like to fight when they are young still want to fight when they are older.

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June 13, 2004

Spaces Between

This very special love poem was written by Jane Williams for her husband.

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June 11, 2004


Philip Sibley muses on why we're always doing what we would rather not do.

Continue reading "Dancing" »

June 10, 2004

The Ballad Of Fractured Elbow

Marjorie Upson, with due apologies to H W Longfellow, turns an accident into an epic poem.

Continue reading "The Ballad Of Fractured Elbow" »

June 09, 2004

Visiting My Son

With a chuckle in every verse, Enid Turner's poem details the troubles she encountered when she went to visit her son in London.

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June 08, 2004

Odd Job Man

If you need an odd job man just call Stan, says Renee Lowe. But make sure you have the kettle on!

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June 06, 2004

Cry War

Today is the 60th anniversary of D-Day, the day allied troops landed in force on the coast of Normandy, speeding Hitler's downfall. We remember war, and the cost of war. Vera Sanderson's impassioned poem could not be more timely.

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June 05, 2004

The Old And The New

Young can't bring in the young by throwing out the old says Glen Taylor, as she reflects on the arrival of a pony-tailed new minister.

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June 03, 2004

The Summer Of '33

This poem is about Marjorie Shirley's memories of an eventful year, 1933. After her mother died of TB that year Marjorie's life went downhill. She was 11 years old at the time.

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June 01, 2004

Happy Memories

Trevor Ward's poem reminds us that even as the gloomy clouds gather there's reason to be glad.

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May 30, 2004


Why, why, why, asks Helga Lomas? And the finest brains couldn't provide all the answers.

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May 28, 2004

Hospital Visiting

A fluency in the Yorkshire dialect brings the fullest enjoyment of Brian Jenkinson's poem. If you don't understand broad Yorkshire you can still have some fun working out the meaning.

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May 27, 2004

Grandpa's Seat

Glen Taylor sees an elderly couple sitting on a seat, gazing out to sea, and imagines their life stories. This splendid poem contains a line which gently reminds parents of their most difficult task: "Their children they've raised, enjoyed and have freed...''

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May 24, 2004

The Trees

In this poem Philip Sibley sees trees in a different light - no longer tests of youthful sinews, but fellow travellers into old age.

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May 21, 2004

Growing Up

David Bennett writes about an emotional walk along a village street - and wonders whether memories always make us sad.

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May 20, 2004


Death the dark socialite introduced the four widows who meet in the lounge bar each to the other. All is not tears and gloom in Jane Williams's memorable poem. There's time for wine, coffee - and talk of attractive men.

Continue reading "Widows" »

May 18, 2004

A Welcoming Wind

Fred Simonds writes of a wind which greets returning sailors with its sweet salt breath.

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May 17, 2004

Ode To Choice

So what colour should we paint the walls in the living room, the dining room, the bedrooms... Read Philip Sibley's poem - and be prepared to chuckle.

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May 15, 2004

Penn'oth O' Chips

This poem with a message by Glen Taylor features a pale-faced waif in a tattered dress.

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May 13, 2004

On May Day Morn

Marjorie Upson's poem was inspired by a holiday at Abbot Hall in early May.

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May 11, 2004

A Song Of Summer

In this poem Brian Jenkinson thinks longingly of summertime in England.

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May 10, 2004

Saga Of A Rose

Pam Taylor's poem emphasises the wondrous nature of the life-span of a single flower.

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May 09, 2004

Mendip Burial

"I stretch my hand to touch this cold hard rock, wishing to keep the past fast-fisted, wanting to keep time clasped close...'' Jane Williams's wonderful poem also deserves to be kept clasped-close by those who read it.

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May 08, 2004

The Westminster Fox

In this poem Philip Sibley, with a glance over his shoulder at Will Shakespeare, focuses on the fox-hunting debate - and brings us the voice of the fox.

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May 07, 2004


Life is an enigma, a jigsaw puzzle, says Rosemary Mitchell in this poem.

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May 06, 2004

The Big A

In sixteen bold, brassy lines of poetry Ellen Warner paints a complex word portrait of New York City.

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May 05, 2004

Back To Basics

There's a big surprise in store for a park keeper in this amusing poem by Audrey Simmons.

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May 01, 2004

Bank Holiday

Mike Eastwood's poem could not be more topical as we raise our umbrellas today on yet another rain-splashed Bank Holiday weekend in Britain.

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Golden Bay

As you read this descriptive poem by Glen Taylor you will "see'' Golden Bay - and feel its peacefulness.

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April 30, 2004


In need of being cheered up? Here are five limericks by Mike Eastwood which should do the trick.

Continue reading "Limericks" »

April 29, 2004

Seventy-Five Pence

This poem by Marjorie Upson was inspired by a day out to Holmfirth, setting for the BBC's longest-running comedy TV programme Last Of The SummerWine.

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April 28, 2004

Fifty Years From Now

Keith Hinchliffe's predictive powers were on top form with this poem, written in 1985. He was one of the winners in a competion to write about what life would be like in 50 years.

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April 23, 2004

Is It Any Better?

Is it any better than it was? Arthur Gilliland poses the question in this poem. He's referring to life, of course.

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April 19, 2004

Irish Blue

The Irish grass is glorious green, says David Bennett in this poem - but what about the blue?

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April 16, 2004

Time And Tide In The Outer Hebrides

Angela Black's poems are about the depopulation of the Islands and Highlands of Scotland half a century ago. They are about ordinary people who, for generations and centuries, had lived ordinary lives as crofters, farmers and fishermen, but whose lives were about to change for ever.

Continue reading "Time And Tide In The Outer Hebrides" »

April 15, 2004

The Tale Of Maggie Splatt

Brian Jenkinson tells us in this odd ode the story of Maggie Splatt, a maiden who was very fat.

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April 13, 2004

The Counsellor

In this poem Glen Taylor highlights the life-saving work of a good counsellor, but at the end of the day who takes away the counsellor's cares?

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April 11, 2004

The Three Gardens

Brian Jenkinson brings us a poem for Easter Day.

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The Gift

When love seeks another's self to please... David Bennett captures the essence of true love in this eight-line poem.

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April 09, 2004

The Tree

Looking at a single tree can conjour up, complete, a vision of a bg, wide country, as Glen Taylor reveals in this poem.

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April 08, 2004


Two haiku by Joyce Hinchliffe - three-line poems which reveal a big picture.

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April 07, 2004


In this poem David Bennett expresses the extent of his love for a very special lady.

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April 03, 2004


A haiku - a three-line poem which exercises the brain cells. Here are two fine examples by Christine Wylie.

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March 29, 2004

A Crumby Story

You need a working knowledge of the Yorkshire dialect to fully appreciate this poem by Brian Jenkinson about a rich spice Christmas cake - which, by the way, is based on an actual incident.

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March 26, 2004

A Tail Of A Toilet

Joyce Worsfold's poem reminds us that nursery teaching involves lots of sand - and unexpected questions.

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March 24, 2004

A Cradle

Stephen Morse ponders deeply on the cradle that is our civilisation.

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March 22, 2004

Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome

Wouldn't you feel as stressed as David Craven if you had a car with a crumpled bum?

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March 19, 2004

In Celebration Of A Grand-Daughter's First Birthday

Maggie Smith's deeply-felt poem addressed to her infant grand-daughter contains some hauntingly memorable lines.

To know tears, too
For if you never hear the howl of wolves
How can you truly know the joy of safety?

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March 16, 2004

Mum's Learning Curve

In this very funny poem Glen Taylor suggests that a mother's work never ends.

Glen, who lives in New Zealand, will soon be writing a regular column for us.

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March 14, 2004

The Conker

In this poem by Maggie Smith a conker symbolises loss and mortality.

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March 13, 2004

Grandma Dix

Violet Kendall, with deepest affection, recalls her grandma.

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March 11, 2004


Here's a topical haiku by Christine Wylie. Christine is a member of the Swanland branch of the University of the Third Age.

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March 06, 2004


Stephen Morse wrote the following poem after a reunion of Winchester Cathedral Old Choristers Association.

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March 04, 2004

School Theatre Visit

So you think school teachers have an easy life? This warm and wonderful poem by Joyce Worsfold will remind you for ever more of the debt we owe to those who teach children.

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March 02, 2004

Garden Rain

As crocuses and snowdrops begin to reveal this year's first outbursts of floral colours Violet Kendall invites us to walk in her garden.

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February 29, 2004


In this deep poem Rodney Gomersall reveals that a laughing exterior can mask inner turmoil.

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February 23, 2004


The eyes have it in this poem as David Bennett contemplates his affection for his beloved.

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February 16, 2004

Going For A Walk

Arthur Gilliand's poem reminds us that the commonplace can be sinister and profoundly shocking.

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February 13, 2004

The Breeze

In this short poem, Arthur Gilliland considers moments of quiet calm.

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February 07, 2004


In this heart-felt poem Joyce Worsfold writes of the delights of being a grandma.

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January 31, 2004


Gwen Drewery pays tribute in verse to her home town.

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January 30, 2004

My Bike

David Bennett recalls the delight of being given a bike - and the still greater delight of riding it.

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January 25, 2004

Unfinished Symphony

In this deeply moving poem Joyce Worsfold tells of the power of music on a little girl. And if this doesn't make you feel better about the world, nothing will

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January 22, 2004

A Satirical Look At Adjectives

In this poem David Bennett has a thoughtful look at the way we use adjectives.

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January 18, 2004


by Violet Kendall

From One Season to Another

When brown earth swells,
Her pregnancy to show,
And over dark tree skeletons
Spring green mosses grow,
Then frost, more gentle and yielding
To the Sun,
Puts aside her mantle.
Another season done.

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January 08, 2004

Power of the Word

By Arthur Gilliland

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January 07, 2004

It never rains...

Journalist Stan Solomons and his family suffered a series of mishaps at
their home for which they made insurance claims. "It was a remarkable
series of events," writes Stan.

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January 06, 2004

Joyce Worsfold's poetry

Children were hopping and skipping with excitement as they were led on a
guided tour of Yorkshire‚s grandest country house.

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