Sunday, 28 February 2010

penalty save
my brolly turns inside out

Wednesday, 24 February 2010


Conclude from the manner
in which you are cared
that you ought to belong
to a family of apes,
mountain gorillas,
impeccably rare.

Sleep on my shoulder,
cling to my chest,
see how a father
handles his young;

and should you be aghast
at cold summer rain,
inhale a lungful
of the lavender fragrance,
detonate a smile
and hide in my name.

[Published in Inspired Fatherhood, 1997 - for Conor, now aged 14]

Sunday, 21 February 2010

strewn mimosa
a carnival creature
snaps at the crowd

Sunday, 7 February 2010

the cormorant tree
a crane swings through
the whole panorama