WRITE CHOICES AND ASPIRATIONS

A selection of work written over the last couple of years.

DUNGENESS ON A WINDY DAY

DUNGENESS ON A WINDY DAY

 

The best kind of day

whisks the hair back from your face,

yet lets the sun lick your

tingling, weathered skin.

 

Today is such a day

a brisk breeze carries endless secrets

mixing with the shingle

that tightly grips the stoic sea kale.

 

Blue-hulled boats

point pencil-like inland,

next to the rusty crawler whose

pulling powers appear over.

 

A cream clapboard house

with red-painted windows

sits like a shameless tart between

dingy, browns and greys

 

She does not blush

but holds herself proud

displaying a picture postcard

on a swathe of desolation.

 

The sun has kissed her many times

lulling her before the storms

that batter her garish body

as she solicits warmth and solace.

 

Before her, seagulls gather

warning of the approaching storm.

Huge numbers, silent, unmoving,

evading the wind on shingle heaven.

 

Dwarfed by the giant lighthouse,

solitary, erect,

before her black-painted neighbour

who sleeps soundly,

caressed by swaying pinks.