Sunday, 10 May 2020

not kiss

As we say goodbye
he steps back and forth off the kerb
and again
I want to step forward for a kiss
but we don't

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Taking the baby for a walk

Grandma brings him for a walk.
He jiggles enthusiastically on the curb
but he just wants to stand and watch the cars.
They seem to take it in turns;
later he's there again with mum.

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Not the Floop

Dodging broken glass on the bike 
down Hart Road
I miss the snails, sparrows and squirrels
of the Fallowfield Loop,

Sunday, 26 April 2020

CV19 Princess Road

Normally choked with cars and fumes
I wander as I cross
and saunter
down the empty carriageway

Saturday, 25 April 2020

CV19 - six feet

Six feet apart
I still want to 
run my finger down your wrist
and take your hand

Thursday, 16 April 2020

CV19 - walking

twice around the park
not much to say
but we check on the heron's nest
and the drug dealer's bench

Saturday, 4 April 2020

CV19 part 1

Boys with Beer 
and Boisterous Birdsong
down Brunswick Road

Wednesday, 1 April 2020


I squint against the unaccustomed brightness
bird shadows flit across the pavement 

Monday, 31 July 2017


Early blackberries dangle overhead down Essex Avenue,
I eat them greedily,
some are sweet and juicy, others so sharp they make my tongue curl.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017


Students come to the door, blanketed and grumpy,
Like bears disturbed early from their hibernation.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

three boots

three purple welly boots on the doorstep
did someone hop home?

three cats

three cats perched on the windowsill
they all turn towards me as I open the gate next door
and dart away in unison around the corner of the house