Recently Published Poems

Wake to Listen



I dream of rock form

and hear the river.


I wake to listen and

walk the curved back

of the ridge.

The intensity

of mass

rising. Chalk bone

under soft skinned



I walk palimpsest here

among the Hawthorn

in the hollow track

footfall as gift

footfall as question.


The soft blue

of a flint flake shines

out of the tuned earth

my thumb smooths

a silent orbit of its limits.


Surrender, you said.


I am here

on the wind’s edge

Quietly gathering


back to myself.


Low down


stone shape

in sheep space

An instinct of stillness.

Through grass

written tall

against the last of the light.


Something here


gifting its strength in the dusk.


The quiet song

of our familial



I wait for the sky

pooling black

star - full

in warm darkness


and feel the rock form

and hear the river.




Published in Unpsychology Magazine 2018

The Mountain’s Voice


Slate smooth.

Amber through darkness.

Tannins of peat and sheep

cropped turf.

Water of rock

and rain


to stillness.


In this dark pool

under the sky

rock body

holds time

in liquid form.

The mountains’ voice.

Its quiet insistence

ripples my listening thoughts


Wrapping its cold question

So neatly around my offering

of warmth

I would dissolve

For its answer.


I swim.

In a dim liminal memory

of time kept silence.

And the quiet grass

and the shining sky.




Published in  Watermarks - Writing by Lido Lovers and wild Swimmers, Frogmore Press, 2017






Returning with the Light



Returning with the light

by the steps. We walked trees

lighting circles

worn in footfall where time gives

stalking the edges

buried in years

hill high in green

promise held.

We denied walls

laurel high we climbed

place made us

shaped in seasons

possibility  grown here

hill high in green

under blue and brick

and cracked yellow

ringing corners. I walk it new

now and trust

the places

to hold

and the light

to fill

the changes.


Exhibited in Jacky Mission's '99 Ways' at

Martyr's Gallery Lewes, 2018