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Friday, 22 September 2023

It's 4.27 ...

What, 4.27

only? And I just wrote

that time goes too fast.

In one afternoon, two

poems so much opposed!

(But the other one was not written for this 'Book of Days'.)

Thursday, 21 September 2023

Ryubun (Editorial)

The term ryubun was created by poet Orrin Prejean, for haibun-like writings using senryu rather than haiku. This is what he says about it: 

*ryubun: is a coined term i created about two yrs ago with the help of a Japanese poet on twitter. it means 'Willow Essays or Willow Sentences/Writings' 'Senryu' means 'River Willow.' In an attempt to show how poetic and full of depth Senryu can be (like the Haiku), I didn't want to use the term 'Haibun'....

I have his permission, indeed encouragement, to use this label when it applies to my own writings. I continue to use the label 'haibun' as well, to enable these pieces to be found by those who don't know of the new word.

Nasty little phone scammer ...


Nasty little phone scammer, trying to spark fear

with your alarmist, authoritative wording –

if I didn’t know you were just a recording,

I’d very much like to scream in your ear

to cause, if not pain, at least annoyance.

(Although, you’re not a complete waste of time,

having inspired this morning’s rhyme.)

What I did was just laugh and hang up. Good riddance!

Lunch with old friends ...


Lunch with old friends from the VOW writers’ group (Village of Women). The group came to a natural end a few years back, but some of us still meet for lunch and a catch-up several times a year. One of us brought a new poem and read it to the rest of us; we loved it. We loved even more hearing of her new adventures and new-found self-confidence. 

we ageing women

tell each other, meaning it: 

‘You look beautiful!’

Tuesday, 19 September 2023

The wild girl ...


‘The wild girl in the heart’ 

(Dorothy Hewett’s phrase)

hides, these days, in a slow,

faltering body. I navigate stairs

bit by bit, angling my feet

painstakingly, not to trip.

Dorothy herself got old and fat,

but still sat down on the grass 

with Nigel Roberts and me

at a Montsalvat poetry fest,

discussing our various erotica.

If I sank to the ground now,

I don’t think I’d ever get up!

Monday, 18 September 2023

I write a poem for today …

I write a poem for today.

It’s much too long. I add it 

to a different collection.

I try another, realise 

it invades a friend’s privacy 

(even though I don’t name them).

The hour is late. I promised

to send some people ‘absent’ Reiki.

I decide to leave poetry here for tonight.

Sunday, 17 September 2023

The lanky schoolgirl from over-the-road ...

The lanky schoolgirl from over-the-road

arrives with her shy, sweet smile,

her good manners and her capability,

to work an hour in my garden.

Remembering myself at 13,

I wonder about her dreams,

and what may be a vivid inner life – 

but don’t intrude by asking.