Climate change? – Poem – What little I know

Climate change is not new Ever since there have been climates on earth there has been climate change. Today we know that large areas of the earth are threatened by rising sea levels and other areas are threatened by droughts. Such problems have been common throughout human history. Mankind has always been at the mercy […]

A modern poem for Remembrance Day

One of nearly 400 memorials at The National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire A Hymn for Remembrance Sunday May be used as a prayer or sung to the music, Finlandia, by Jean Sibelius Grant peace, O Lord, across our strife-torn world,Where war divides and greed and dogma drive.Help us to learn the lessons from the past,That all […]

Remembrance Day – Sources of Remembrance Poems and Readings

The sculpture by Ian Rank-Broadley is perhaps the best known memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire. It was inspired by the Ancient Greek tradition of carrying dead heroes from the field of battle on a shield. Here the shield has been replaced by a stretcher and a grieving family has been […]

Poem – What do I know?

Poem – What do I know? What does anyone know? What do I know? The origin of the universe its scale its destiny are beyond my understanding. This earth so rich so poor so vulnerable so uncontrollable is all we have. I accept that I am less than a speck in the sandstorm of stars. […]

3 Ten-line poems – Heatwave, First day at uni, A heart in winter

I write the occasional poem. Here are three of them. Writing a poem in ten lines is a useful discipline. It concentrates the mind.  I think poems should pack as much meaning as they can in the fewest possible words. I am not a fan of gushing words, clever but meaning little. Heatwave The hottest […]

The ten-line poetry competition – My covid poem

For ten years the small town and port of Shoreham-by-Sea, on the south coast of England, just along the coast from Brighton, has had a thriving, popular literary festival. This year (2020) being the tenth anniversary of the festival the organisers decided to run another poetry competition. The requirement this year was for a ten […]