The Houseproud Husband To His Wife – Paula Monger

The Houseproud Husband To His Wife – Paula Monger

There are silverfish in the bath, my love, There are silverfish in the bath! I can close my eyes and count to ten, Or hold my breath till the Lord knows when — But when I’m looking once more and breathing again There are still 

The Three Bears – Garry and Paula Monger

The Three Bears – Garry and Paula Monger

An animal for which we care Must be the big brown cuddly bear. Bears are furry, bears are climbers, Bears are loners and not rhymers. Now and then to break this rule, One meets a bear who’s no-one’s fool. Whenever he can spare the time, 

Where is Freedom Born – Pete Cox

Where is Freedom Born – Pete Cox

Where Is Freedom Born Cardinal Cox Is freedom born in a fire burning a palace? Or is it born in advancing radical change? (That many, fearing their place, would ignore, alas) Or is just in the suggestion of a fair exchange? It was born in 

Six Miles – Leanne Moden

Six Miles – Leanne Moden

Six miles Six miles, again, we’ll go today, for honour built on broken blades. We’ll tame these meres; skate far and fast, with hopes that winter, long may last. For cold that creeps and freezes fen brings out the Runners once again. In tests of 

Seasickness – Leanne Moden

Seasickness – Leanne Moden

Seasickness Here, there is clarity. A raw, persistent truth – a cold disparity – hidden beneath these tessellating fields. Fields stitched by ditches to a muddy canvas. An after- thought, a lost and lonely landmass. Marshes marred by the harshness of weather-worn trees. Each movement 

Lockdown House Call – Kim Allen

Lockdown House Call – Kim Allen

Lockdown House Call Every day’s the same Except today, the day my Swallow came Swooping low, wheeling back An accomplished aerial acrobat. Taking a moment to stop and chat, he told the tale of his journey  From South Africa to here. Asked politely where I’d been. The big Tesco last week 

Social Distances – Kim Allen

Social Distances – Kim Allen

All the social distances you need. Roll up, roll up have I got a bargain for you All the social distances you need Measures for all. A size that fits For you, and you and you and you Let’s start with something simple Just half as long 

A Recipe – Kim Allen

A Recipe – Kim Allen

A Recipe for Beginning Afresh using lockdown store cupboard ingredients. Before the counting’s done, while it’s still fresh, take one wobbly cyclist newly confident on empty roads. A cup of watching nature in the garden. At least 500g of birdsong, feel free to add more to taste. As much 

Ghost Buses by Lorna Sugden

Ghost Buses by Lorna Sugden

Ghost buses. Lorna Sugden   The buses are running, And this time, they are on time, Because all the traffic Is no longer there. But the drivers keep driving, Making stops at empty shelters, At empty depots. Where did all the people go? Or are 

Tom’s Football Game – by Cardinal Cox

Tom’s Football Game – by Cardinal Cox

Tom’s Football Game Cardinal Cox   A figure stands in Walpole St. Peter’s churchyard  Raised for Tom Hickathrift,  the hero of the fen I will tell you this tale, although I am no bard  About Tom, mighty giant amongst lesser men    One Sunday when