Sitting outside the Bell.

For Nick Drake written on Wednesday 8th April 2009.

Image. Wild spring blossom, Tanworth in Arden

Such trying through love.

For Alan Ginsburg.

Image. The Ikon gallery cafe, Birmingham.

The poet Mariette.

For John Milton.

Image. In a tent, the Canwell show, Sutton Coldfield.

There's a new kid on the block.

Written on Mayday 2009, for Carol Anne Duffy.

Image. Girl with an ice tray, Bracebridge pool, Sutton park.

Water into wine.

Written on 31.08.2010.

Last of the summer wine comes to an end.

Image. View from the Sun Inn, Llanengan.



Excuse me, do we still have to sign on after the holocaust?

Image. Welders at Warwick university car park.

The ink isn't dry yet.

Image. Railway through Moseley, Birmingham.

The joker in the pack.

Image. Balf and Adam's bonfire party, Stockland Green, Birmingham.

Winterville 2008.

Written on 24.12.2008.

Image. Shakespeare's birthday celebrations, Stratford upon Avon.



A walk through summer.

Written on 25th June 2004, in Lichfield.

Image. The Llyn peninsular, North Wales.

And every summer we bloom.

Image. The harvest, Wall, Staffordshire.

For the glory of.

Image. Fishing in Salford park, Spaghetti Junction (J6/M6).

I wished to forget who I was and entertain the young hippies.

Image. Cold front, Llanengan.

Stonehenge free.

Image. Stonehenge free festival 1984, for Marcus.

Y Gelli blues.

Hay on Wye, written on 22.05.2009.


Friends and family.

A wedding in a blizzard in Wales 1946.

The wedding of my mother and father at Wrexham cathedral,

on 21st December 1946.

Written on Monday 19th January 2007, for Lynda. 

I saw a little baby today. 

Written on 4.12.96. for Nina.

Image. Man selling balloons, West Bromwich.

Taking mother shopping.

Written on Thursday 11th November 2010.

Image. Roses in Four Oaks.

They are singing.

Written on 10.07.2003.

Image. Card stand, the Ikon gallery, Birmingham.

What is the Farsi for freedom?

Written on Wednesday 17th June 2009.

With apologies to Ferdowsi.

Image. The Birmingham city motto, the art gallery.



Towards the light.

Image. Flats in Birmingham.



A bank holiday in England.

Written on 28th and 29th August 2009, the BMFA Nationals, Barkston Heath.

Image. Flyers at the BMFA Nat's.

Walking on the Tor.

Written on Sunday 2nd September 2007.

Image. Lady with flowers on Glastonbury Tor.

For the herb growers and the healers.

A poet's holiday.

Written on the 18th to the 21st July 2008, camping on the Llyn peninsular.

Image. Sign in a car park, Aberdaron the Llyn peninsular, North Wales.

A sort of waiting.

Written on a trip to West Pennard with Lisa, 24th and 25th September 2004.

Image. By Glastonbury Tor.

Holyday for Dewi Sant.

Written on the Llyn peninsular and at home, 27th to the 31st July 2006. 

Image. Path in the cliff, Porthdinllaen.

Learning about forgiveness.

Written in Glastonbury, Wednesday 18th February 2009.

Image. Bank holiday cyclist's stopping for a pint, Staffordshire.

Llantony-the priory and after.

Written in Llantony and Castle of Park, Scotland.

Image. Reading at a cafe in Hay on Wye.

Looking for Daphne.

Written in Cornwall, 14th to the 21st May 2010.

Image. Cornwall.

The Birmingham fortnight.

Friday 31st July to 2nd August 2009,

camping with Lisa on the Llyn peninsular.

Image. Porthdinllaen beach, looking at the Rivals.

The end of the rainbow.

Written on 22nd to 26th July 2010 on the Llyn peninsular.

Image. The Spanish delegation, Shakespeare's church, Stratford upon Avon.

The Rock.

Written in the Havelock tavern, Alum Rock, Christmas 2004.

Image. War memorial, Alum Rock.

The Star and Garter.

Easter, West Bromwich, 20.03.2008.

Image. Church window, Henley in Arden.

The summer has come. 

Image. Shakespeare's birthday celebrations, Stratford upon Avon.

They all came today.

Image. Large model aircraft show, Cosford RAF station.

To the sea from the heart.

Written on 30th May to 2nd June 1990, St Leonards.

Image. Balf and Adam's bonfire party, Erdington.

Trying to be nice to the house of Saxe-Coburg.

Written on Wednesday 17th November 2010.

Image. Aunt Jean and uncle Selwyn's wedding, the Cymae near Wrexham.


In remembrance.

James the sword.

Written on 21.08.2001

For Maureen James and family.

Image. Neil James in tie at the christening of one of his family, Curdworth church.

Oxford brown.

Oxford and the Ashmolean museum.

Image. List of workmen, Crete 1375 B.C.

Swords in the custard.

Written on 04.09.1997. On the death of a princess

and in memory of Anne Winston. Tirabad, Powys.

Image. Glastonbury Tor.  

The B road to Shustoke.

Written on 31.03.2010. The Griffin Inn, Shustoke.

Image. Koi carp.


New poems.

9/11, halfway to heaven.

Written on Friday 10th September 2010.

Image. Butterflies, the Herbert art gallery, Coventry.

A holiday in West Wales.

Written on Saturday 7th to Saturday 14th July 2012.

On the Llyn peninsular.

Image. Car park, Morfa Nefyn golf club.

Ancient rights.

Written on Monday 27th June 2011.

The government desire to make squatting illegal.

Image. The Lichfield Bower 2011. 

Apple cider blues.

Written on Mayday 2011.

Osama bin Laden is no more. 

Image. Back garden, Erdington.


Written on 31.10.2012.

Nearly 100 years since the first world war began.

Image. German and Commonwealth war memorial and graveyard, near Cannock.

Cultural 'limpicks.

Written on 28.06.2012 in the Barton Arms. 

From Queen Elizabeth to Harold Wilson.

Written on Thursday 30th June 2011.

After a visit to Baddesley Clinton and in support of our teachers.

Image. The soldier's tools circa 1640, Baddesley Clinton.

Just on the turn.

Written on Friday 19th August 2011.

Image. The river Avon, Stratford upon Avon.

Mellow is the rhyme.

Written on Saturday 23rd July 2011.

For Amy Winehouse.

Image. House at night, of Hill Village Road, Mere Green.

Monday 27th February 2012. 

Image. Outside Birmingham registry office.

New moon rising.

England riots, it's an art form.

Image. Highcroft workhouse and asylum 1970's, Erdington.

Petite bourgeoisie.

Written on 09.08.2012.

Image. William Morris designed tablecloth, National Trust cafe.

Poets in motion.

Written on 17.07.2011.

Image. Porthdinllaen.

Shopping in a shed.

Written on 04.10.2012.

National poetry day.

Image. Open art display, The Midland Art's Centre, Cannon Hill park,


Steam in the air.

Written on 15.01.2013.

Rugeley town centre.

Image. Kingsbury fuel depot.

The Ikon.

Written on 30.05.2012.

Image. Man with Zimmer frame, Coventry town centre.

Vox populi.

Written on 11.06.2012.

After the Jubilee celebrations. 

Image. Jubilee window display, Lichfield.

Waiting for the daffodils.

Written on Tuesday 24th January 2012, Smethwick market.

Image. The balloon man, Stratford upon Avon, McDonalds.


Parliament and the Crown.


Written on 01.05.1996.

Image. The Ashmolean museum, Oxford.

Sculpture from a tomb, Syria 8 to 120 AD.

Mortars on the hill.

Written on 12.09.2003.

Visit to Kenilworth castle with Balf and Adam.

Image. Slope soaring near Church Stretton.

Moving the cat hairs.

Written on 16.09.2008. The credit crunch bites harder.

Image. Indoor market, Bishop's Castle.

My mum thinks we need a Tory government.

Image. The Fighting Cocks, Moseley.

Thatcher reign 3, day 2 Sheffield.

Image. Boxed flowers, Birmingham wholesale market.

What now of Warwick?

Written on 11.05.2010. The election results are declared.

Image. The river Avon and the new Swan theatre, Stratford upon Avon.


Passing time.

A country pub back garden.

Written on Wednesday 7th July 2010.

Double zero on the fourteenth floor.

Image. Shop front, Stratford upon Avon.

It's like Brumagem's been hit by a one kiloton bomb.

Image. Bonfire party, Erdington.

Mussing of celebrity.

Written on Thursday 5th March 2009.

Walking around Town.

Image. Reflections in the cut, Gas Street Basin.

Poetry pension.

Image. Lichfield market.

Still waiting.

Image. Zetty singing Sutton Coldfield YMCA, early 1980's.

The day began with a cone three skinner.

Image. Fletcher, the Station public house, Sutton Coldfield.

Early 1980's.

Two punnets of strawberries a pound.

Written on Monday 18th May 2009.

Chelmsley Wood library. 

What remains.

Written on Saturday night February 28th 2004.

Image. Wilton market, Erdington.


Stratford upon Avon.

As if love would tarry.

Written on Saturday 26th April 2008.

In memory of Humphrey Lyttleton.

Image. Shakespeare's birthday celebrations, Stratford upon Avon. 

The joy of swans.

Written on 08.03.2010.

Image. Fun and games by Shakespeare's house, Stratford upon Avon.



And I heard it on radio 4.

Image. Nuclear launch controls, Avro Vulcan B2.

Cleaning the rain of my glasses.

Written on Wednesday 29th July 2009 at,

Aldridge shopping centre.

Image. The Bernard Leach pottery, Cornwall.


Survivor poetry.

Burying the mad alive.

The Tories picking up on the long humiliation of the disabled,

will make us pay for the greed of the rich.

Image. The Station public house, Sutton Coldfield.

For evil to triumph.

Written Tuesday 5th October 2010.

The Tory party conference is being held in Birmingham.

Image. Frozen sink, Erdington.

It's days like these.

Image. Couple sunbathing, Wales.


Written on Thursday 22th March 2007.

Stratford upon Avon. 

Image. the fairground, Weston park.

Sunny sparkling otters.

Highcroft workhouse and asylum 1970's.

Image. The botanic gardens, Birmingham.

The Mrs. is going on.

Written on 15.11.2007.

For Amy and her old man.

Image. Birmingham museum and art gallery.


The Royal Jubilee 2002. 

Hey man.

The Queen's Jubilee celebrations, Stonnall, Staffordshire. 


Image. The Gunmaker's Arms, Birmingham.

In which we serve.

Image. Terraces, Birmingham.

Artist's bicycles. 

Image. Rose garden, Stratford upon Avon.

The seeds of Albion.

The rose comes to Chelsea.

Image. Surfers, Devil's Bay the Llyn peninsular.

Our way gentle day.

Image. Waiting for the fair, Birmingham.

The little blue milk jug.

Image. Durer, the hare.


Written on Tuesday 30th April 2002.

A time for reflection and thanks.

Image. Angel by Mary Gibson, Wolverhampton art gallery.

And so and so.

Image. The Electric cinema, Birmingham.


War and peace.

A poem found at Easter.

Written on 02.08.2005.

Back garden the Trooper, Wall.

For the South Staffordshire regiment in Iraq.

Image. Sainsbury's car park, Mere Green.

Schoolgirls in the mud.

Written on 09.01.2002.

Image. Hurricane fly past at the dedication to the Polish memorial, Alrewas.

On the arrival of a section of the Burma railroad.

A skylark sings.

Written on Tuesday 29th August 2006.

While listening to Dimitri Shostakovich's 7th symphony, Leningrad.

Image. Night flying model aircraft with lights, Barkston Heath.


Written on 06.11.2001.

Image. Window at St Paul's, Birmingham.

At the 11th hour.

Written on armistice day 2006.

Image. Swimming in Sutton park.

Building the pyramids.

Written on 29.01.2011. 

Egypt erupts.

Image. Wedding anniversary party, the Black Country.

Dark raven, (green).

Dave's at Worcester and the Swan with two Nicks.

Image. Bygones, Worcester.

Dear soldier.

Written on Friday 3rd August 2007.

The BBC flag up that our soldiers are spending to long in the field.

Image. Grammar school boys, Stratford upon Avon.

Dreaming in a field.

Written on 28th June 2008.

Image. Launching a chip chopper at Weston park.


Written on 16.02.2003.

Image. By Lichfield cathedral.

Suicide bombers on the tele.

Written on Saturday 8th July 2008 at the Old Swan, Stonnall.

Image. Hardware shop, Slade Road, Erdington.

Talking to the gardener.

Written on 22th October 2008, Evesham.

In memory of Chris Cook.

Image. King's Heath flower and produce show.

The fourth of June.

Written on 4th June 2009.

Image. Bordesley Green allotments.

The gardener.

Written 13.08.2003.

"To be or not to be", Ernist Lubitsch 1942.

Image. Flower shop, Coleshill.

Hope for peace.

Written on 23rd March 2007.

The European Union welcomes its new friends.

Image. Waiting for egg and chips, Wolverhampton.


The latest poems.

Crown Derby.

Written on Monday 21st March 2013.

Bruce Reynolds died.

In the land of, ninety not out.

Written on Good Friday 2013, in a garden centre.

Mother's 90 and in Good Hope hospital being well cared for.

Image. Sea thrift.

On the death of a flea.

Written on Thursday 18th April 2013.

After the funeral of Margaret Hilda Thatcher.

Image. The peoples Stonehenge free festival 1984.

Apologies to John Donne.

Ars longa vita brevis.

Written on Tuesday 23rd April 2013, St George's day.

After a visit to Tanworth in Arden.

Image. Home made cakes and cream, a quaker birthday party, Sutton Coldfield. 

An hour by the cut.

Written on Wednesday 8th May 2013.

Image. Walsall's new art gallery.

The sixth age of man.

Written on Tuesday 14th May 2013.

Image. Whitby abbey.

April in May. (The snails got my marigolds).

Written on Friday 24 May 2013.

Image. Medieval painting, Lichfield cathedral.

Shopping for mother.

Written on Thursday 6th June 2013.

The anniversary of D day and a hymn to our long freedom.

Image. Rugeley power station.

The sun shines on the sightless.

Written on Monday 24th June 2013.

The Glastonbury festival looms.

Image. The Glastonbury festival 1987.

A walk in Town.

Written on Wednesday 3rd July 2013.

Image. Friends chat in Birmingham museum and art gallery tea rooms.

Now that summer is here.

Written on Wednesday 17th July 2013.

Image. Family headstone, St John's Berkswell.

The stage coach has left Dodge.

Written on Tuesday 30th July 2013.

In loving memory of Mick Farren a kind and gentle man.

Image. The Peoples Stonehenge free festival 1984.

Nymphs and shepherds.

Written on Thursday 15th August 2013.

Travellers are being abused and harassed in Meriden.

Image. Bird in the sky, Warwickshire.

For Andrew and Bridget.

Written on Friday 30th August 2013.

Seamus Heaney will write no more.

Image. Holy water, St Chads Birmingham.

Ceirios. (cherries.)

Written between Saturday 31st August and Saturday 7th September 2013.

Image. Stone pot, Portmeirion.

What's in a name?

Written on 13th September 2013.

Image. The Vienna Patisserie, Stratford upon Avon.

Wasps in the crab apples.

Written on 19th September 2013.

Image. Old fine glass, Birmingham museum and art gallery.

A wedding in the shire.

Written on 3rd October 2013, national poetry day.

In praise of my brother's wedding on Saturday.

Image. Wedding, Centenary Square.

Once where fish and smugglers.

Written on Tuesday 15th October 2013 in the Black Swan, Whitby.

Image. A fine window, Whitby.


Written on Saturday 26th October 2013.

Image. The Robin Hood cemetery, Birmingham.

A pub Christmas.

Written on Thursday 7th November 2013, Little Hay.

Image. Small tiger at work, Vincent Road, Worcester.

Could have been a perfect day.

Written on Tuesday 26th November 2013.

Image. Scattering the ashes, the Lickey Hills.

Walking a marathon.

Written on Saturday 6th December 2013.

Image. Boys diving into the river Avon, Stratford.

Ah bliss.

Written on Friday 13th December 2013.

Image. Trip boat on the river Avon, Stratford.

The electric man.

Written on Monday 15th December 2013.

Image. Public art, Digbeth.

Waiting for the solstice.

Written on 4th December 2013.

Image. The Mayor and Mayoress of Stratford upon Avon.

Walking a path.

Written on Saturday 18th January 2014.

Image. A bar at Warwick University.

The town with a hill.

Written on Thursday 23rd January 2014.

Image. Glastonbury High Street.

The Parade.

Written on Tuesday 11th February 2014.

Image. Andre Druckers, the Parade, Sutton Coldfield.

The larch in spring.

Written on Friday 14th March 2014.

Tony Benn has died.

Image. Shakespeare's birthday celebrations, Stratford upon Avon.

Alms for the insane.

Written on Monday 24th March 2014.

Image. From the Midland Arts Centre.

Laugharne and stuff.

Written between 3rd May and 10th May 2014.

Image. Fun at the millennium hall, Laugharne.

Ice melting in the summer sunshine.

Written on 2nd August 2014.

Image. Ice sculptures, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham.

Not drowning but waving.

Written on 26th August 2014.

Image. Shoppers in the new Bull Ring.

The voices.

Written on 5th September 2014.

Image. From the new library.

Late September sunshine. 

Written on 29th September 2014.

Image. The Ffestiniog railway.

The hill beyond the city.

Written on Wednesday 9th October 2014.

Image. The Glastonbury festival 1984.

A bracelet of shells

Written on Thursday 2nd October 2014, national poetry day.

Image. Getting ready, fair, Pype Hayes park, Birmingham.

The canary in the coal mine.

Written on Wednesday 12th November 2014.

Image. Abandoned pub, Castle Vale.

Christmas marzipan.

Written on Monday 22nd December 2014.

Image. Aston Hall in midwinter.

Je suis Charlie.

Written on Thursday 8th January 2015.

Image. Flower shop Coleshill.

Our morning star.

Written on February 2015.

Image. Mother at home.

The art centre.

Written on Thursday 12th February 2015.

Image. Supermarket roses.


Written on Thursday 12th March 2015.

Image. Greengrocers, Erdington.

The sun has got its hat on.

Written on Wednesday 25th March 2015.

Image. Wall art, Glastonbury.

The local.

Written on Saturday 4th April 2015.

Image. The Derby Format.

Bringing the drawings home.

Written on 3rd July 2014.

Image. By David Cox, Birmingham museum and art gallery.

The art gallery tea rooms.

Written on 13th April 2015.

Image. Birmingham art gallery tea rooms.

Work makes you free.

Written on Friday 28th August 2015.

Image. Highcroft asylum 1970's.

Yorkshire grit as autumn diamonds.

Written on October 2015.

Image. Scarborough.

Global warning.

Written on 30th November 2015.

Image. Halloween party, Four Oaks.

The wedding anniversary.

Written on Friday 22nd April 2016.

Image. Shakespeare's birthday celebrations,

Stratford upon Avon.

Dancing with Faeries.

Written on Tuesday 20th December 2016.

Image. A Bob Wilson classic ride, Christmas Fair, Birmingham.