A Tibetan Terrier Called Honey
I came home tired from work and late
And found we had increased by one
A dog had fallen at our gate
As for an owner - there was none... more »
African Hunting Dogs
The hunting dogs less one
Lay concealed in the grass
Where had the one dog gone?
-To find prey to harass!... more »
An Instant In Time
Procrastination is the thief of time
Impulsiveness may make bad decisions
Hours passing are marked by bells that chime
We imagine the future as visions... more »
The universe is running down
From when it once did start.
Here nothing lasts, what price renown
When stops the beating heart?... more »
The holidays are over and now we’re back at school
The days are getting shorter and it is getting cool
The blackberries have ripened and harvest time has come
The corn is cut and gathered for it is now autumn... more »
Masters of the air and also of the sea.
Soaring high above or perching in a tree.
Some go no further than one small patch of land,
Others cross the oceans or barren desert sand.... more »
Our blue planet, special-unique.
Goldilocks planet, home ground.
Far into space telescopes seek.
Nothing Earthlike has been found.... more »
The sun shone down on the African plain.
The trees and the grass were short of fresh rain.
Giraffes munched slowly from tall thorn bushes.
Hippos in the pool were hid by rushes.... more »
Up cliff and down, turn right and left.
Then out across the bay.
Through wood and field, up rocky cleft.
Follow the coastal way.... more »
The moon orbits us as we orbit the sun.
The planets do too and the web is spun.
A comet is mostly out in the Kuiper belt.... more »
Galaxies elliptical and spiral ones too.
They're all just part of the cosmic zoo.
Red giants, white dwarfs, blue stars are hot.... more »
Before there were men, or monkeys or mice.
Before the first cow, sheep or goat.
When none of the Earth was covered in ice.
When few creatures had a fur coat.... more »
In my dreams I could swim deep and fly high
Unfettered by the bonds of reality.
I could harness nuclear fusion and try
To use it's clean power in every city.... more »
One day the volcano erupted without warning
It continued all night and the following morning
It shot out great flames and spat out ash, rocks and lava
This flowed down the slopes to the cottages and harbour... more »
We are not islands unto ourselves.
We all need to be part of the main.
None of us learn much on separate shelves.
With communication and sharing we gain.... more »
How green grow the rushes oh!
Red and blue light don't reflect,
They power the plant to grow.
Green does not, it they reject.... more »
By Carlisle flows the Eden river
Which rises on Mallerstang hill.
It’s lovely country for a caver.
Where there’s a way I’ve got the will.... more »
Journey To Jupiter
Three hundred feet high the rocket stood.
All was quiet, the air was still.
A massive column, but move it could
It waited and waited until - - -... more »
Kayaking In The Seventies
My 16 foot kayak is just 30 inches wide.
Made of marine plywood and with lots of room inside.
A kayak with a flat bottom is hard to capsize.
To turn one way, lean to the other, the craft replies.... more »
Lonely, longing and in lust
But needing someone I can trust
Not just for a year or two
But for my life the whole way through... more »
Magellan with five ships sailed south west past Brazil
And Rio de la Plata to Puerto San Julian.
Men who mutinied at Easter he had to kill.
He overwintered there and thought out a new plan.... more »
Make Peace Not War
There was a time when might was right
When land was seized and peasants killed
To stay alive you had to fight
Just as your tribal leader willed... more »
There's no birds or grass, animals or trees
Volcanic lava makes up the dry seas
The rocks do not change, there is no rebirth
You're one sixth the weight that you are on Earth... more »
Unselfishly to love and care for another
From infant to an adult fully grown
To nurture and protect makes a good mother
To train and share with children of your own... more »
Rain can come in torrents in showers or in spots
It fills the streams and rivers in dribbles or in lots
It soaks into the thirsty ground and makes the flowers grow
It’s fairly warm in summertime but in winter we have snow... more »