Category Archives: Poetry & Stories

 Rusty Nock

Has anyone heard of this author and where his books are available? Some say his fictional novels are not for the faint-hearted and I should like to try them out. I’ve heard through the grapevine this guy could well be the next E. L. James and films could be on the horizon.

 ”Where’s Chetak?”

Translated from  Hindi –  posted originally at ‘’The audience respects me, they love my dance, my voice.’’ ‘’I feel satisfied, elated whenever I dance in the courtroom,’’ She said to her Drum- player. ”I wish I danced all my life and the audience kept on clapping forever.” ‘’That the festivities never came to an […]

 Growing Old Poem

I looked in the mirror and what did I see? But a little old lady peering back at me With bags and sags and wrinkles and wispy white hair And I asked my reflection, how did you get there? You once were straight and vigorous And now you’re stooped and weak When I tried so […]

 Worth their weight in gold

An  Email I received from a friend.  Just thought it was worth sharing: He was getting old and paunchy And his hair was falling fast, And he sat around the R.S.L., Telling stories of the past. Of a war that he once fought in And the deeds that he had done, In his exploits with […]

 If only Scarlet Poppies could talk……..

Scarlet Poppies Stern, ancient yew trees stand as cynical observers; Enclosed within ancient walls of learning; secret desires: Booming organ peals buried in mazes of silent subways, Echoes of knights battling; clamouring broadswords: Deep wells of mysteries; overflow spent murderous intent. Incense and antiquity pervade this monastery garden, Scattered with scarlet poppies, innocently attentive: Coffee […]

 Feeling Foolish

Most of us like to think we have reached the age of a reasonable amount of wisdom and good sense at this time of life. So, the most horrible feeling I have felt in a very long time was Feeling very, very foolish. It does not matter if I needed to feel foolish or if […]

 What’s your favorite imaginary place?

I’m the family driver, but since I get lost easily, my excursions are limited. I have 5 brothers and sisters, and have always been dumbfounded by how easily they hop in a car and drive -to the beach, the mountains, or another state for vacation. I travel by train, bus, or once, by ferry. So, […]

 Whoever heard of elephants in Yorkshire?

As an aspiring writer, I was struggling along, often finding that my stories or poems need illustrating. My friends eagerly assure me that they are absolutely marvellous at drawing.  Great. But, when I set them to work, describing in detail the pictures I have in my head, the end results are nothing like I imagined. […]

 Little Kindnesses

My life overflows with little kindnesses Showered upon me Like glittering stardust From midnight skies: A tender text A caring call Meal lovingly prepared To feed the inner child: Letters stuffed to bursting With concerned caresses; Bear-hugged cards Covered in healing kisses: Helping hands soothing Over persistent perplexities; Willing time-travailed Tools repairing reams of Roaming […]