Don’t Start at the Beginning

A discovery of Dickens

and Duffy, Hardy,

hardly enough, he

awoke in me, poetry,

spoke to me, awoke in me,

something wild.

The Animal wept

for ‘The Unborn Pauper Child’.

The lessons and legacy

of Tolkien, my fascination

with the Inklings

and Lewis’ dedication:

world changing,

life changing.

I sensed the rearranging

of destiny,

the message fate sent,

when ‘The Signalman’ began

with the end.


Message (for Suz Winspear)

Written for National Poetry Day 2016


A presentiment

in the sentiment,

a timely rhyme

in presage,

surely this is purely

a poem,

not a message?

It is not like me

to write on theme,

words wander, see?

Abandon scheme,

the poets and forms

they accompany,

find something

to make you feel,

write some poetry!