Monday, 25 July 2016


him with his foot in his mouth
the expelled    youth

  killer in the rain

odour of chrysanthemums 
terra incognita 
the beast in the jungle 

  a breath of lucifer  

through the wall
the gifts of war 
the magic paint 

  lunar caustic

red rose 
white rose 
dear illusion 

  the colour out of space

children on their birthdays
the living daylights
the delicate prey

babylon revisited
the machine stops

A poem made from titles of works by Carson McCullers, Saul Bellow, Samuel Beckett, Joseph Conrad, Raymond Chandler, D H Lawrence, Henry James, Vladimir Nabokov, R K Narayan, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Margaret Drabble, Primo Levi, Malcolm Lowry, Eileen Chang, Kingsley Amis, H P Lovecraft, Truman Capote, Ian Fleming, Paul Bowles, Robert Musil, F Scott Fitzgerald, and E M Forster. 

Friday, 22 July 2016

Tunnel of Love

Old friends meet again  . . .

"Hello friend, is this the way to Paradise?"

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

this is not a milk jug

An Evening Outdoors

The end of day

and in my chair


the orb going down

and the mind at ease

idly watching

shapes in clouds

first the slight -

 then the great

and musing

on the changing shades

first the white -

 then light grey

and for the moment


of darker clouds

 beyond this place

Monday, 18 July 2016