Three thousand Sunday roasts

Three thousand Sunday Roasts A new metal textureOffensive toAugustus Rodin’s eyesForced him toPrematurely ageBalzac – the sculptureIn a urine treatmentHis assistants gave.Not all metalIs so willfully altered.Greyfriars BobbyHas stood in Edinburgh since 1873The pride of dog lovers.Aged in placeTourists rubbed his bronze nose raw.As a sign of our times a surgical maskPreserves his nostrilsIntentionally.No suchContinue reading “Three thousand Sunday roasts”

Barracouta is a fishy narrative

I was born in a coastal city yet fish was not a big part of our diet. The number of times we children ate fish was limited. The fish we ate at home was fillets of smoked cod. When mum prepared it she cooked it in a white sauce with some onion. Another common nameContinue reading “Barracouta is a fishy narrative”

Who are your heroes

Who are your heroes? Do Jason and his argonauts fill the bill? Is it the man, or was it the woman who swam, or kicked a ball across the channel? The President presumes it is him. How could we forget so notable a personage? Rosalind (DNA) Franklin or Einstein E=MC2 either responsible person tallies –Continue reading “Who are your heroes”

Rain carries promise

Obediently We stay indoors Outside rain polishes McAdam – black marbleA virus Keeps us apart Yet these eternal days Will passThe night Struggles off in grey slothfulness Mourning our horror Of living in lockdownToo lazy to rise The wind slumbers on Meanwhile upstairs Rainfall drums upon the ceilingThe cow turns her back To this weatherContinue reading “Rain carries promise”

It is a lottery

I have left to chance today’s writing. From a pack of playing cards my plan is to write a paragraph on this theme until and do so until I choose an Ace, at which time I will stop. So you can follow I will give each paragraph the name of the chosen card. Here goes.Continue reading “It is a lottery”

Haibun Superb blue fairy wren

The superb blue fairy wren The superb blue fairy wren is a busy bird. It flits from shrub, to twig, before it lands on the ground, hops to an insect, swallows it, and darts to the arm of a chair of the outdoor setting. It grabs a crumb and zips across the courtyard. The dullContinue reading “Haibun Superb blue fairy wren”

To infinity and beyond

Spoiler alert, this note is about maths! Do not be afraid. Our grandchildren were never troubled by the absurdity of the catch phrase Buzz Lightyear, the star character used in the film Toy Story when he called out, To infinity and beyond. My knowledge of maths is no better than their infant understanding of BuzzContinue reading “To infinity and beyond”

Numbers/Ratios and the like.

Here we are in the State of of Disaster. It is one year since I began this blog. When I started I had no ambition but to record my reaction to the moments of the day in relation to my past lived experience. I thought twenty or thirty years from now my grandchildren might likeContinue reading “Numbers/Ratios and the like.”

Phone 232

It was rare for anyone to call us by phone but when they did if they were from out of town it became a thing involving others. From their place they rang their local telephone exchange and asked to be connected to Camperdown 232. The telephonist replied, “Connecting to Camperdown”. Our local telephonist ( oneContinue reading “Phone 232”

Birthdays

Henry Purcell by Gerard Manley Hopkins The poet wishes well to the divine genius of Purcell and praises him that, whereas other musicians have given utterance to the moods of man’s mind, he has, beyond that, uttered in notes the very make and species of man as created both in him and in all menContinue reading “Birthdays”