Saturday, 10 September 2022


I lean against the wall, sheltering,
and the warmth the bricks had absorbed that morning seeps into my back
as the rain pelts the road

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?