Life and old dogs. When I’m offered a seat on the bus, although I think of myself as young, I am made aware my age is 60 plus. I am relaxed and not...
A dedicated worker. It’s been years since she last knitted but she is not likely to drop a stitch. A lot of nieces have duly been fitted with...
This was written for a group exercise. We were given random lines from an unseen poem and were asked to incorporate them in a composition of our own. The "borrowed" text appears in bold characters.
Our gang was the fiercest on the estate. Smiling wasn’t permitted because to grin was seen as socialising with the enemy and that was worse than a mortal sin.
A cleave poem (or equivoke)in three parts. How to read a Cleave poem? Simply: 1. Read the left hand poem (A) as a first discrete poem. 2. Read the right hand poem (B) as a second discrete poem. 3. Read the whole (A+B) as a third integrated poem.
'I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.' Robert Frost
We met, as agreed, at the Odeon cinema. We bought our tickets -she insisted on going Dutch- and watched a French film, “Les parapluies de Cherbourg...
Julian Barnes' novel 'Arthur & George' - now adapted for television - was the inspiration for this poem, included in my collection "Poetry on Tap".
He crossed the road at the traffic light and was last seen near the King’s Head round about midnight; but they couldn’t be sure as the CCTV wasn’t on...
This is a short story I wrote eleven years ago. I am re-posting it to see if it has stood the test of time or if it has past its sell-by date. Comments welcomed.
The tragic love story of a young couple in the village of Eyam, hit by the plague in 1665.
Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie. "All's Well That Ends Well, Act I, Scene 1"
The current Monthly Poetry challenge reminded me of a poem I wrote in 2003 which I included in my Poetry Collection “Idle Thoughts”. Here is a repost.
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The term "measure for measure" refers to a legal concept that when a person commits a crime (or sins), he or she should be made to pay – either by making some sort of restitution or by suffering an amount that's equal to the suffering he or she has caused. (This is similar to "eye for an eye" justice.)
It is a pleasure to own a work of art whether it is the charming Mona Lisa whose smile touches art lovers' heart or a painting by Gentileschi of Pisa...
A first attempt at a sestina for this week's Inspiration Point with a (slight) reference to winter.
Society of Classical Poets 2019 competition - Shared third prize in the translation category.
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Often seen as a portent of death it is described as a hell-hound. (Image in the Public Domain)
The rain which had been coming down in a steady light drizzle developed all of a sudden into a downpour. Umbrellas mushroomed over the heads of the bereaved gathered at the graveside.
The title (but not the plot) taken from the eponymous film with Rock Hudson and Doris Day.
Saint Francis of Assisi born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, informally named as Francesco
Sally Dexter stars as the first ever female Scrooge on a London stage. (Image from Pinterest)
A lanturne poem. Similar to a Haiku, the lanturne poem uses five lines with a syllable structure of one, two, three, four and one syllables per line.
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Oxford University's Classics department is talking about removing Homer and Virgil from its compulsory syllabus.
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A BBC profile on Dylan Thomas related that on being told by his sister to write something about the kitchen sink, he promptly composed a poem on the subject.
There are more than 20 names of birds in this composition. To save people's time I have highlighted them.
It’s happening everywhere, in the East and West: people with a grievance are taking to the street to express their resentment and register a protest...
the grass is always greener on the other side (of the fence) - (Updated and reposted.)
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Paul Harvey, a composer with dementia whose piano-playing went viral meets students he inspired.
The more I reflected on this idea of mine, the more I realised my mind wasn't set.
A sonnet by Dante Alighieri translated from Italian.
The second of three sonnets translated from Italian.
Giacomo da Lentini – Love is a desire that comes from the heart (translated from Italian)
A fireball, a driveway and a priceless meteorite - ( Image GNUFree Documentation License .- Author: H. Raab )
I am a man of simple tastes ; I am easily satisfied with the best. (Image from Pixabay)
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Is pineapple an acceptable pizza topping? And do you put cream in the carbonara?
Not accustomed to public speaking. (image has been released into the public domain by its author, AKA MBG . This applies worldwide)
More than a century after it was first published the classic novel The Railway Children is being given a modern makeover