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Memory

Memory

I read at a Swindon Alzheimers Society event recently. I’ll admit to some concern about my choice of poems beforehand. I need not have worried. The audience was delightful and we had great fun. I’ll be a big 70 on my birthday in April. I suppose the conflation of the two events set me on…

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Make Time for Tea

Make Time for Tea

These past few years I’ve been at the launch of Ovarian Cancer Month, which is March. It’s harrowing listening to women affected by the disease talk about their journey and the chances of survival. Only 35% have a predicted survival rate as the disease is hard to detect early. Every year I listen to a…

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Hello Young Lovers!

Hello Young Lovers!

It’s St. Valentine’s Day on 14th February, the one day that poetry should have a place in our lives. Give a poem to your loved one. I’ve never known anyone to refuse a poem. It’s a keepsake for life. It’s also a good moment for the poet in all of us to connect with our…

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Builders, Listen Up!!

Builders, Listen Up!!

I’ve had lots of feedback from last month’s article about Carl Lewis and his poem “Builders in Winter.” Carl has been redrafting the poem and is ready to go public. We have a date. On Monday 28 January we have Open Mic at The Castle Inn in Old Town at 7:30pm. Carl will be dragged,…

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St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

Where will you be on St. Patrick’s Day? I’ll be in green amongst English friends watching Ireland play England in the last match of the Six Nations. I’ll happily cheer for England in any other game, and why wouldn’t I. I’ve lived and worked here for 25 years, my wife is English and a local…

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

This is the month to write a poem. Not any poem, a love poem for Valentine’s Day. No matter how good or bad it is, you know one person who’ll love it. My recommendation is to pick an event that was precious or funny for you both. Write around ten lines and don’t bother about…

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Brian

Brian

My friend, Brian, is in the terminal cancer zone but he is handling it well. Recently his family chipped together and bought him a wheelchair made from the latest lightweight material. You could lift it with a finger. He is so agile now he is talking of upper-body strength. Last week he texted the family…

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Poetry in the Arctic Circle

Poetry in the Arctic Circle

I spent the last weeks above the Arctic Circle in Greenland. The attraction was the Polar Marathon followed next day by a Half-Marathon with only 135 runners. It was challenging: running on the Ice Cap and through the Arctic Desert at -10 plus the wind chill, totally alone for most of the race with the…

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