July 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
Recently I started working my way through my grandfather’s collection of photographic slides, amongst the family and holiday photos were a series of images taken from his time in the RAF. The majority come from the Indonesia-Malaysia conflict (1962-66) when my grandfather stationed in Singapore was dropping aid to troops in Borneo.
July 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
July 10, 2011 § Leave a comment
Silent clap illuminates
History in frozen state
Here a walker
Here a dog
Here a woodsman cutting log
Park Wood on brink of midnight
On screen layers of time cast light
Through fractured trees
Tracers left of fusion’s churn
Lines of lives intercept, lock and twist
Bleed into soil
Feed earthy toil
To rise in Spring afresh and green.
July 5, 2011 § Leave a comment
Green/White Ribbon/Yellow Ribbon/Green
X by Y A to B X=Y
Y is 10 X is Constant
X is 20 Y is Constant
X curves back on itself to 18
Y is 30 Hall Farm
Y increases by ½ the rate of X
Parallel to the road.
Green/Tarmac Ribbon/Green Ribbon/Ditch/Green Ribbon/Mud Ribbon/Yellow Ribbon/Green
Cow Parsley Ribbon
Blue Bell Blue Bell Blue Bell Blue Bell Blue Bells
Telephone Pole to Oak Bisects
Hall Wood East-North Facade East Corner Enter
Edge along edge
Blue Bells Tree Trunks
Splayed limbs left limp to harvest
Shotgun Shells Sheep Shit
Dividing line dissects
Blue Bell/Brown/Blue Bell
Suddenly from centre family of deer
Centre – North Corner
Up edge, in at North Corner
Pheasant fleeing deer
Cat and mouse between camera and deer
Alluding to the perfect shot
At North Corner I find them in the field
Shutter shatters formation and sends them into a full out run
White hinds highlighted against emerald fountains
Walk Ends/Retrace/Return Home
July 4, 2011 § Leave a comment
l o n g
There’s a porno
That reminds me of Will.
Siphoning off our parents’ booze,
Head-strong and self-assured,
Heading to the woods,
Jumping, Jump, Jumping
on burnt out cars
and drinking our mix
mixing alcohol and hot sun
Sunday? someday, someday lost, lost in hot haze
rushing to the head.
We found a rabbit
with fierce eyes.
And with a Rock
Dropped on his head.
Some years later, later days and lesser friends,
Will’s dad jumped, jumping, falling, fell
From an aqueduct.
Roman build, impressive tall arches.
Like a rock
July 3, 2011 § Leave a comment
Blue Tit Parus caeruleus (3). The only British and Irish bird with a substantial amount of blue in its plumage. Generally the commonest tit, with the same distribution as the Great Tit. Most familiar call a churring tsee tsee tsee tsit. Like most tits it nests in a hole in a tree or building and readily takes to nest boxes. 11-12cm.
Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scriptus (1) is a very familiar short, bulbous perennial, which produces clumps of narrow, keeled leaves and a single, long, leafless, 1-sided spike of bright-blue bell-shaped flowers, 15-20mm, with creamy anthers; April to June. Common in woods, often forming huge colonies on well-drained soils; also in the open, in upland grassland and on sea-cliffs. Spanish Bluebell H. hispanicus is the garden species, with an upright spike of larger, blue-anthered flowers.
Mongolian Blue Spotted Lover
Return South/Return North
Home to Home
Nest to Nuzzle
Blue Bellied, Blue Belled, Blue Ablutions, Blue Balled, Blue Spotted.
Tethered in the waves
Between the shades of Blue
Counting off the days
Until I drift to you.
July 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
Through the graveyard;
They’re all here
Ewan knew his tools, but I didn’t know him well,
Bill worked his garden, but I didn’t know him well,
Jane had a daughter, but she didn’t know her well.
and I don’t know where they fell.
Lowered into the ground
Ending in a gentle thud.
Over the road we reach the Hoo
Long strip of asphalt
Folded over arches of a lover’s back
And air crisp like lover’s bite
The Hunting Party is just in sight.
Tut. Tut. Tut.
Green coats and wives with tea,
beaters hold the dogs
and release in one, two, three.
The Cottage at Hoo End.