with piggy’s hair? Continue reading
Monthly Archives: September 2020
A little bit Sunday afternoon nerdity:
is fine for the neat of hand,
but for those a little messy
Herr Leibniz is our man! Continue reading
My currently hideously swollen ankle (see attempted matricide) reminded me of the last time I was stung by a bee, and decided that I really needed to get rid of my hive. This is an abridged version of the poem I wrote at the time:
My hand slowly swells
as the venom spreads,
until, stretched smooth,
all the wrinkles disappear
and all the tiny hidden scars
stand out clear –
my history, written on my hands. Continue reading
In response to Eugi’s weekly prompt, “Cosmos“:
The fence hums, the frogs sing
and across the hills
an owl calls for company –
and is answered.
My breath merges with the wind
softly stirring the leaves,
and my feet provide a back-beat
as I climb the hill –
to where the milk in the sky flows,
a bright river above me,
pulling me upwards,
to drown in its silent symphony.
Stepping down, a sudden stumble –
a hole instead of my stepping-stone!?
A searing pain and down I tumble –
I think I’ve broken an ankle bone!
It’s blue and swollen past tennis ball,
and I wonder, lying here on my side,
when the doctor asks “how did you fall?”
should I reply “attempted matricide”?
Alas poor Spidey, poor Spidey is dead!
She’s hunted her last, and now she is spread
flat as a pancake, behind the door.
She made a mistake, and now she’s no more. Continue reading
In response to Eugi’s weekly prompt, “autumn leaves”:
When autumn leaves, she leaves behind
forgotten treasure for us to find:
sweet chestnuts, spiky as a curse,
bright windfalls for this year’s preserves.
Then we fill our jars with bright sunlight
to see us through dark winter nights.
With a nod to Swift:
The notes issue from my clarinet
like Celia from her dressing room,
rising clean and beautiful
to leave me behind –
red eyed from forgetting to blink
with spit dripping on one foot.
Some poetic licence there, I actually sound bloody awful because I’ve hardly played in months.