Spring Rain

I've made a 30 second film poem for the MPT Haiku in translation workshop which I mentioned in my previous post. As my starting point, I've taken the haiku by Yosa Buson which Alan Cummings has 'literally' translated as follows:   spring rain – beach’s small shells to moisten enough   In my version of … Continue reading Spring Rain

Spring is unfolding before my eyes

The always wonderful Modern Poetry in Translation magazine is running a free online Haiku translation workshop. I have made a collage poem in response to the haiku by Enomoto Seifu which Alan Cummings has translated 'literally' as follows: Falling blossoms Beneath, lying happily A skull Here is my collage poem which I've made by cutting … Continue reading Spring is unfolding before my eyes

Poems from the Lockdown

Poems written during Lockdown by members of Trowbridge Stanza     White Bluebells by Ginny Saunders   Early, he brings a slug to bed I don’t cry out, it’s new to our zoo so welcome. It hitched a ride from a dewy glade of grass, shrunken and mucus-bound to his soft belly fur. It won’t … Continue reading Poems from the Lockdown

Lockdown Week 7: Quiet and Slow

Very little to write about this week.  Where I live, in West Wiltshire, there is a vague sense that something is about to change, possibly because of the government's new slogan (Stay Alert!) and ahead of Boris Johnson's broadcast to the nation tonight.  We've noticed more cars on the road and there seem to be … Continue reading Lockdown Week 7: Quiet and Slow

Lists, including wrong lists

The Discover Prompts from WordPress have stopped now.  I felt a little flurry of excited anticipation when they started up again for April but they never really lived up to my expectations, to be honest. Now they've gone, though,  I miss them a bit.  'Lists' was one of the prompts that I didn't actually write … Continue reading Lists, including wrong lists

Discover Prompts: Grateful for Rainbows in Windows

I'm grateful to the children, families and schools who've made pictures for windows and fronts of buildings as a way of saying thank you to NHS workers and frontline workers and as a means of expressing hope that things will get better.  Here is a selection of artwork I've seen as I've walked around the … Continue reading Discover Prompts: Grateful for Rainbows in Windows

Discover Prompts: Focus

One person's method of focus is another person's route to distraction. Other people's rules rarely work for me.  I need to find my own routine and sometimes, often, that isn't a routine at all.  I listen to my own rhythms and they change daily.  I write lists and this helps me to focus on what … Continue reading Discover Prompts: Focus

Corona Diary: One month in

It's one month since we started lockdown in the UK and about six weeks since I wrote my first blog post about this time of the Covid-19 pandemic. People talk about not knowing what day it is, about time passing slowly, or quickly, or both; one day merging into the next, sleep patterns disrupted, routines … Continue reading Corona Diary: One month in

A bee brings summer

  poem for Earth Day   *     With a reckless swoop             you patter at my window frantic as a delivery boy             who's slept through months of orders. You're a fizzing blur of antenna, legs and wings;             a pantomine of lanes and hilly streets; lines of washing you've bashed against             to arrive here steeped … Continue reading A bee brings summer

Three photos from my camera roll

Now that I'm not going anywhere of any distance from where I live, I'm sometimes revisiting places in my head while I'm scrolling through the camera roll on my phone.  I thought I'd share three photos with you here and tell you something about them. This photo of a glum-looking dog was taken on the … Continue reading Three photos from my camera roll