Lemon tree


Lemon blossom sweet

at my window


far from Spanish hills

you bloom


I whisper to you

apologise for the pinch


of English spring:

no coronet of sun


to crown your

pretty head.


Your essence

soothes me.


Citrus scent

with undertone


of musk,

you must


miss your lovers.


Over on my sill

orange stares


at you,

less abandoned


compact & smugly




Who ever

Who, ever thought

we’d live this long


grow grey & jowly

our spirits tired of




‘’Forever’’ was

a misused word


bandied on the stage

of youth.


Here I watch the trees

watch, before & after me.


Those games we played

the songs we chose


to cleave to:


our children grown

from playing at our knees


are strangers now.


We never knew

we’d grow this old


our poets’ hearts

still singing, laughing


at the soft creep

of years.

Cat’s cradle



Branches braided

like my hair

crochet window:


high up there

squirrels whirl

dance & weave




grasping nothing.


It’s March, the dawn

is silver thin,

garden blooms


& cherry tree


unfurls impossible

pink, all of this

teeters in the sleet


fragile, hopeful

bursting free

from darkness.



House holds

its breath,


sighs out

the seasons


whisper of

lost memory


passing of the



like minutes.


Time holds

my hand


these kisses

that I knew


our love

so all consuming


has faded

to a smile


a passing



Yet spring is

in my haiir


the breeze



knots & hasps

it leaves us




Not this

I’m unattached

& unacclaimed,


words upon

a page that


resonates: a phrase;

digs down deep


peels back skin to

blood & bone


where spirit cries out

for release.


I’m unattended



this or that

nothing more


love’s still



at my door.


There is

no answer.


Narcissus hangs



filling room with

spring scent


the thought

of love.


Narcissus rang



talking always

of himself;


walked into

the mirror


of my eye

lodged there




Narcissus pink



heavy petals

stroke the vase


promising to fall

as I might


under your

Narcissus thrall.




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Spring tiptoes

in this year


acid green puffs

through old


crushed copper.


I tend borrowed

soil: earth crumbles


sensate, stuck sticky

beneath nails.


All is new, perfect,

intrinsic life:


I stand erect

like cherry attending


bumbling bee.


Haunting the twilight

I walk a fine line


nostrils flaming.





Moving east to west

here to there,




tide turns time

to fragments


sand through my fingers.


‘Things’ seemed

so precious


now laugh

at me.


Children grow

like weeds


laughter in the trees;


now time’s a dream

hung in this moment


of becoming.

Goodbye song

me and nick

Me and Nick Poetry Cafe 



The sun woke me



warm across my pillow

lit the room, my eyes


opened to sky & spring

once more.


I couldn’t say goodbye

it wasn’t meant to be:


& now you’re gone

I have some letters


& my memories

to set me free.


As free as you are now

riding the wild blue thunder


ranting on the stroke

of midnight


stratospheric heights



till now.