Tag Archives: 2014


You are a moment in life
A starlight stopped in time
A sprinkle of chocolate on coffee
A poem that will rarely rhyme.
You are that long forgotten
Purchase in the wardrobe
That falls out and makes my day
You are the voucher for lunch
That is gifted last moment…
You are take-away (latte half-fat)
To sit and drink in a park
In the sunshine on a bench
By the lake
You are birdsong in the morning
You are soft dew on my father’s grave.
You are the river at the end of the garden
Gurgling, gushing to the sea
You are a pop song on the radio
Dancing round the kitchen in bare feet.
You are the opposite of sadness
You are my reason to smile
You are fresh air in the staleness
You make me feel me for a while.

‘W’ is for….

Wait to see will you notice
Wondering if you will care
Watching for changes in attitude
Whether you still want me
Would you still love me
What do I mean to you
Will you reach for me
When the lights go dim
With some sort of longing
Wordlessly. Or
Waste this chance for
Wonderful togetherness
We have each other
Weeks months years together
Why should I fear losing you,
Wandering away?
Without us ‘we’ are nothing.
Wave my wand.


A day late but better late than never….

Walk towards where you’re going
Walk straight, walk tall, walk firm.
Keep your eye on your destination
Keep your heart like an arrow, true
Try and focus on your arrival
Try to decide what you’ll do when there
Open your eyes to see things
Open your heart to care.

Don’t worry about the bumps in the road
Don’t worry about your fears
Just circumvent the problems
When faced with a blockade… Veer!


We can never set the slate clean
Un-say, un-do, un-make.
Life moves forward without erase
Un-pick, un-change, un-place.

If what you do has permanence
Your actions tangible
Your words imprint
Then shouldn’t you think
Before doing it
Before you dip pen in ink?

You can’t reverse reality
Though you undertake to try,
And understand the consequences,
And underline the why
And under-state the reason
You under-bake the bread
And under-fill the silence
As words cannot be unsaid.

Twinkle twinkle blink

We pass each other in the twilight
In electronic light
His a standby light, laptop flickers
Mine a tablet live.
Our faces ghostly
Subverted the half-life
Of the half-light.

In another life he would have held
A flaming torch
Or I a delicate oil lamp
To light our ways to bed.
Modern inconvenience
Has provided an unexpected byproduct
The glow of gadgets
As they chew and burp
Electronic vapors.

Eerie without the romance
Weird without the wonder
The geek-lit walk
Is measured in lithium ion
Utility and futility

The battery is dead.
Now for bed.


Nothing prepared me
Nothing I read
Nobody told me
No matter what they said
Knowing it could happen
Didn’t realise
How the tiniest thing
Could have changed our lives.

Two curious eyes
Follow each move
Ears cocked to every sound
Head twist to groove
Mouth falls in a soft ‘oh’
Then breaks into a grin
At a face she knows
Just where to fit in.

Intelligent pools
Drink every detail
Learning and listening
As I sing or tell tales.

Then that miracle moment
From when I’ll never be free
Two pudgy arms lift
– and she reaches for me!!!


The world stopped turning
The lights went out
The winds stopped blowing
My secret is out
If I stand
And speak now
Will I recover it all
Or stem the inevitable
Break my fall
The silence is deafening
For a moment
It yells
Over every tick and murmur
As it briefly casts its spell
And then the deluge follows
As the dams crash
To the ground
And we are overwhelmed
By an avalanche of sound
A tsunami of noise
Of rhythm
Rips from every side
The quake has taken over
The earth it is alive.

Please Zzzzs

There is a crushing sensation
In my temples
The room is closing fast
Around tired limbs and aching eyes
Exhaustion has floored me at last.

I have managed for weeks
with tiredness
And stumbled with coffee through more
But my head is spinning
Ears are roaring
I’m heading for the floor

I thought I could
prop myself up some more
I figured a catnap would work
But then I was interrupted again
Ah parenthood
The joys and the perks.

I’m going to flake out and sleep now
There’s no other outcome ahead
I’ll turn out the light and turn over
And sleep the zzzzzs of the dead.

On a spring day

They headed out with expectation
Possibility filled the air
Bedecked in colours
Away from home –
Could leave behind their cares.
But minutes in and something’s wrong….
Shouts are filling the air.
The whistle blown…
The die is cast
The terrible finale unknown.

Those faithful fans
The 96
They never again can roam
Their lives were lost
By the pitch that day
While we watched
With horror at home.
Those Liver Birds
The 96
They never flew again
They tried to take
Your names from you
And condemn your families’ pain.

You tragic band of innocents
They twisted and they lied
Already murdered they defamed you
While a city united cried.
You tragic spirits of Anfield
You have haunted our field of dreams
Until you’ve been vindicated
We never could fully achieve.

After 25 years
Truth is pealing
Your souls can finally come home
Justice Sing Loud
For the 96
– You’ll Never Walk Alone!


On 15 April 1989 at Hillsborough stadium life changed forever for hundreds of families and hundreds of thousands of football supporters. For 96 Liverpool football fans the change was final. It also began one of the most appalling injustices perpetrated on citizens by members of the establishment.

Irish television was showing the match live. The images will never fade from the memories of those who have seen them.

In 2014, some 25 years later, the inquests finally hear the truth. Hopefully the truth will set their spirits free.
Never to be forgotten.


My days are mapped
Into segments of life
Tasks I must achieve
Little one to feed
But the small hours –
Once my refuge –
A welcoming
The night is now
An unreal space
Shadow and half light,
Silent tending the grail
Rocking noiselessly
Burning eyes
With smoky smudges beneath.
Tiny arms grasping
Giant belch bursting
Little legs kick
As they lower down.
A starfish reborn
Under hand turned
Wool Spread.
Suck suckle.
Shuffle shuffle
Little snort
Then snore.