The Mountains In Between #poetry

'Like this tired, troubled earthI’ve been reaching since my birth’ - Stevie Wonder, A Place In The Sun Further and further away from homemy travels took me, firstto Manchester’s urban emptinessto deep-dive into verse. I sing the mountains in between always returning to this first scene Then to Newcastle, where I exploredthe ruins of the ancient... Continue Reading →

Can we steal away? #poetry #earthweal

I should have been writingglued to my desk in darkness butthe Sun calledjust to say‘Can we steal away now:over the mountainsI’ll lead youand nothing more you’ll have to dothan follow your heart’s desire say, wouldn’t you just love to?’ And what was I to do:I, who am so much a fool for winter sunlightthat I’ll brave... Continue Reading →

The little things #poetry #earthweal

Back when I lived in Catalunya the people bemoaned the plague of them:Els mosquits - the mosquitoes which had invaded the townin such large numbers thatyou couldn’t go out at middayas within a few minutes, your armsand legs would be full of enough weltsto leave you itching for a month.‘There were never so many,’ one woman told... Continue Reading →

Day of the Dead #poetry #earthweal

"Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, further westwards, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was falling too upon every part of the lonely churchyard where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses... Continue Reading →

Ellorgast #poetry #earthweal

The feast of Samhain and we are gathered in the mead-hallthe warriors, drunk on meadbellies heavy with meatpound the long oak tablesand boast of their exploitswhile my maids clear away the platesand I glide between the protagonists of this chaotic scene: a peace-weaver with heavy footsteps heading for the bedchamber.I’ll not be disturbed by him... Continue Reading →

Campbell’s Condensed #poetry #earthweal

Campbell’s condensedthe Primordial Soupinto a can for your convenience.  Of courseit isn’t quite that simple:millions of years of evolution biodiverse branching of the tree of life came first then came the industrial revolutionof one particular species calling itself homo sapiens or‘Wise men:’  They found the cheapest wayto feed the masses for the greatest profit, spraying away the competition,... Continue Reading →

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