Monthly Archives: November 2012

FIREFLIES UNDER AFRICAN SKIES

Photo:  Kenya post-election violence, 2008*   Nepotism and lies Of those that claim Corruption and tribal ties Do not exist, Insist They’re made up. The Powerful prioritise Personal gain under political guise.   A suffering nation defies Democracy’s demise And … Continue reading

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WINDY NIGHT

  Woken by a scream As of you I dreamed You yelled for me, it seemed, (Did I hear your voice or was it just the wind?).   Blowy autumn attitudes Skipped across the latitudes Whispering blustery platitudes, (Did I … Continue reading

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ADDENDUM

A fellow poet’scone and reminded me, I made an omission, so it would seem, I forgot to mention the delectable Cream Tea. Dollops of jam and lashings of cream, Served in tea shops of the West Country On fine bone … Continue reading

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PRONUNCIATION

Does one say scone, To rhyme with swan? Or scone, To rhyme with bone?   Eaten for breakfast with eggs and ham? Or afternoon tea with butter and jam? With bergamot-y Earl of Grey Or milky Builders’ Tay?   Accentual … Continue reading

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NICOLA’S KNEE

If you knew the story, you wouldn’t laugh, Of poor old Nooks who fell in the bath. Looking forward to a relaxing soak She slipped and, ‘crack’, her knee was broke.   Everyone panicked and called the medics Who rushed … Continue reading

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RESCUED STRAY

This poem is an example of ‘Than-Bauk’, a three line “climbing rhyme” poem of Burmese origin.  Each line has four syllables. The rhyme is on the fourth syllable of the first line, the third syllable of the second line, and the second … Continue reading

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REMEMBRANCE POPPY

Tucked beneath the hedgerow’s shade Safe away from combine’s blade, She braves the gusting winds, her view Across the field ploughed a-new. Un-trampled by the hiker’s boot, In her single breasted suit Of brightest red.   Fragile but proud, Beneath this … Continue reading

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THE KENYAN OBAMAS CELEBRATE . . .

Granny Sarah is full of delight, Her village is going to party tonight, They’re celebrating victory, A jiwe-ya-maili  in history. “Jambo sana! Barack Obama.”   Sipping several Tusker beers, Whooping, shouting rowdy cheers, Eating nyama choma, And dancing to lingala. … Continue reading

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AMERICAN DREAM

The men of stone on Rushmore Mount, What do they think as they look out Across this vast and promised land, Begot and formed by their own hand? And are they proud of what they see, Of this, The Great … Continue reading

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MUMMY’S GARDEN

Dewy footprints at break of day, Tracks upon the lawn. Shadow’s chased away By the sunrise early morn.   Under pergolas of hanging bells, Bougainvillea in myriad shades, Frangipani’s fragrant smells Pervade the forest glades.   Cape Chestnut’s pink confetti, … Continue reading

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