Aviary

Aviary, collage and paint   Advertisements

At the bird feeder

At the bird feeder We’ve cut the laurel back to make it less easy but before that I watched the rat climb up through the bayleaf branches and tightrope across the thin rail to where the birds’ peanuts hang. One whiskery snout first pushed out among the foliage (I by the window put down my…

Panther

Panther, collage and paint  

Bat-thing

Bat-thing Response to Meredith Andrea’s ‘Pipistrelle’ It was like this: a high street place of bodies busy with their heels and soles, the ordinary tramp of feet on wet pavements.                                     I was little but not as lost as the bit of brownish-black on the pavement that a woman kicked to the side with her…

Poor Cow

Poor Cow on sore cloven feet trawls fields farms barns lows along lanes nine miles long tows night into dawn finds her own calf born days before and torn away from her huge mother’s milk   Note This poem was inspired by the true story of a heifer named Blackie, quoted by Mark Gold in…

To Do This Thing

To Do This Thing To do this to such a thing that was, this morning, so fine a thing, so red and real a thing, so running free a thing;             to do this thing to such a thing so that now, this evening, it is no more a thing than a mud-mangled thing, bedraggled…