Thursday, 30 June 2011


under the plastic rain-cover
the tiny brown toes curl and flex
but he sleeps on

Monday, 27 June 2011


in the sweltering afternoon
she awakens crumpled from sleep
and the curly embroidered design
of the duvet cover
is embossed onto her pink skin

Friday, 24 June 2011

the power of advertising

a very small boy is captivated by the pretty lady with a purple tongue
while his dad tried to gently coax him to nursery

Thursday, 23 June 2011

life story

two jobs, two wives, knows about horses but not a Mancunian
in the four or five minutes that we wait for the bus
the man tells me his entire life

Saturday, 18 June 2011


very shiny, very black and very high, a pair of stilettos
teeters carefully ahead of me along the uneven pavement

Wednesday, 15 June 2011


as I chop the strawberries the tiny cut on my thumb
stings exquisitely in anticipation

Monday, 13 June 2011

muddy boots

the students have been out in the rain
celebrating the end of exams
muddy boots adorn doorsteps and porches
and lie in heaps on the street

Saturday, 4 June 2011

7 days unlimited travel

sunlight streams in through the bus window and
my arm, braced tight against the seat in front,
bears this bizarre shadowy tattoo along it's length

Thursday, 2 June 2011


a newly opened deep pink rosebud
unseen a bee buzzes frenetically inside