Saturday, 29 November 2014

Christmas shopping
the ice-eyed unicyclist
juggles knives

Friday, 28 November 2014

still dark down the street I whistle a tune from a Western

Thursday, 27 November 2014

boathouse lights
a tawny owl hoots
from the black ait

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

slipping on leaves...
a rain-mussed jackdaw preens
on Christmas lights

Monday, 24 November 2014

evening meeting:
again I hear myself
spouting cliches

Sunday, 23 November 2014

cold torrents:
I look over my glasses
to see the way

Saturday, 22 November 2014

nursing-home heat
his knife skates the Yorkshire pud
around the plate

Thursday, 20 November 2014

late for work...
starlings shake the ambers
of the cherry leaves

Monday, 17 November 2014

New Networks for Nature

Photographs, taken by the wonderful artist Carry Akroyd, of the annual New Networks for Nature conference are now on the website. The conference was as exhilarating, entertaining, informative and all-round inspiring as ever.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

crows galore
a pylon barely sketched
inside the fog
crows strut the width of the hard shoulder bending into mist

Saturday, 15 November 2014

fog descends...
the bellringers
giving it some
magpies dandering down Blackfriars Street the fog on my face
up the old Great North Road the cyclist's breath

Friday, 14 November 2014

at night the burnished brass in the music-shop window
when it comes
the squat church-tower
takes all the light

Thursday, 13 November 2014

in the grounds of the great house fallow deer graze
the train makes tracks
across the brown flatlands
turning tractors
King's Cross:
the barista's hands
stained by grounds

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

New Networks for Nature

This Friday, I'll be reading a poem, a haibun and some haiku at the annual New Networks for Nature conference in Stamford. John Barlow and I will also read a tribute to Martin Lucas, who read with us at last year's conference and will be sorely missed this year.

Monday, 10 November 2014

waning moon
the day's first traffic
oozes on by

Saturday, 8 November 2014

another dousing...
still the mallow
pokes its head out

Friday, 7 November 2014

legs akimbo,
the leaf-gatherer
faces the wind

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

full moon
a maple leaf spirals
into the dawdling river

Monday, 3 November 2014

Day of the Dead
starlings sketch their presence
through the rain