Learning about Life

The day is one of those, surprisingly
Bold, attempts at a last-ditch summer burst –
Before winter digs its claws in for good.
We go out for a pub lunch along by
The river, it’s a perfect central point.
It’s my Dad’s birthday.

We are joined by his grand-daughter, freshly
Arrived from her biology lesson
And keen to share her new-found knowledge with
The table (and anyone else listening).
After biology…philosophy…
I feel the proud mum.

She invites my Dad (78 today)
To read her essay about abortion
And contraception. Just as well that he
Didn’t get to know about these things before
As he might have been celebrating his
Birthday on his own.

Not sure if I am worried or relieved
That she has thought about things like this…
She is having a ‘few’ friends round for a
Party tomorrow…

Blood sports

Trundling down the pier at ten miles an hour (you get clocked and booked if you go any faster) I have ample time to look left and right. The tide is at its lowest, exposing a feast for both the gulls and the fishermen preparing for this evening’s marathon.
When I was young and eager I would carry the bait bucket around Player’s beach – a caddy for a contest which swapped club for rod.
Time moves on, the tides are ever-shifting in this game of life that we play out on the sands of here and now.

Raindrop Universe

Little worlds
in each raindrop,
on each leaf,
in each garden.
How can we
be the only
sentient life
here in this
Raindrop Universe



Like insects,

cars move around

the crowded car park

waiting –

looking hopefully

for  non-existent spaces.

Birds fly between leafy


smugly observing

humankind confined in

their brightly coloured armour.


to be

free as our

feathered, furred and scaly


on this

planet that teams

with such wild unfettered


“When the earth becomes awash in a sea of metal and man-made pollutants, we should take to our wings and fly away to a less tainted place.”

Tactically speaking


is rarely

the best policy

unless tempered by some


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