Author Archives: The Poet's apprentice

MID-SEPTEMBER SUN

Dry and ripening: sea flat and shining like burning glass. Gulls floating like ducks on a giant’s pond. Small Coppers, Blues and Hairstreaks playing like blown leaves in parched grass. Victoria plums, blackberries. This is the turning of the year … Continue reading

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WISDOM OF SOLOMON

Those who sow the wind reap the whirlwind. The politicians, seeing nothing better to do, sow the wind. Encourage the people to be dissatisfied (so that they can promise to satisfy them). Encourage the people to envy the rich; (promise … Continue reading

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MIDSUMMER DREAM

I dreamed of Paradise Garden; sunlight sliding down from an infinite sky through cedar trees to emerald lawns; oriental poppies six feet high, Indian butterflies gliding by through multilayered shades of blue. Olympian Apollo’s statue holds a fountain in his … Continue reading

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HEDGEROW FLOWERS

The more I label the less I am able to see. The more I see the less I am able to label.   (Poem from GNOMONIC VERSES)

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MAGDALEN

In the Fellows’ Gardens, past the Deer Park, a willow twists and stretches out of a brown pool like a giant Naga trailing garlands of green lace. Along the avenues of Addison’s Walk, among birch and beech, chestnuts stretch out … Continue reading

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ASTRAL TRAVEL

You can’t go through the ceiling? You are holding onto the settee. You can’t go through the Eye of the Needle? You are a fully loaded camel. You come to a fork in the road and cannot decide whether to … Continue reading

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SQUARING THE CIRCLE

How glad I am that I am here and not somewhere else. (If I were somewhere else, I’d be here.) No escape, then!   (Poem from GNOMONIC VERSES)

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