Opinion

The Awkwardness of Life

I’m not comfortable with the awkwardness of life I can never decide If all the things I see in front of me I should or shouldn’t hide I’m not crazy...

A Tale of Two Marys

I chose my Christmas gift 25 years before I was born. I chose wisely. On that day, Mary Keenan, who had just arrived bag and baggage in Rochester,...
Cherry

Breathing In Life

Sunday 18 th August 2019. Sarah's birthday barbecue. Enjoying need For inspiration As hearing caw Of crows, Deep thoughts turn To northern winds,...

Commemoration For D Day

Commemoration For D Day Thousands of soldiers flung onto the North Coast of France. Normandy here we come! Young and malleable, dutiful and primed,...

King

"...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." Well, so wrote John Donne. Maybe he was right in his day. Maybe not so much in 2019.
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Cherry

To Mary (a train of thought on a dark night...)

Dark nights, writing by the light from my desk lamp, fuelled by a glass of Laphroaig. I could not be in a better place. If any of you are unlucky enough not to have read Mary Oliver's Wild Geese (to which in many ways this poem is a sort of homage), you are truly missing out on one of the 20th century's greatest poems.

Faction is the New Fiction

As our president demonstrates each and every day, alternate truths are just a click away. Trump has already presented more than a thousand versions...

Pied Piper

Pied Piper Pied Piper, Nigel Farage, Mirage Man – now you see him, now you don’t! Where will we see him next? Will he really be there? Or is he just...
Cherry

Periods Of Joy

Saturday 10 th August 2019 Dear diary...at last beauty can be viewed from our conservatory, able to see adorned limbs interwoven, roses climbing up...