Monday, 13 January 2014

The one with the toad in...

Author Foreword

I wrote this one in Ridgemede Junior School, Bishop's Waltham some time in the very early 90s.  I believe the school has since been renamed to Bishop's Waltham Junior School.  This is my first ever poem.

Roller-skating down the road.
Oo, look at that poor little toad!
Oh no! Now I cannot stop.
There's the toad...
... and there it's not.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Spirit of Winter

For Ellie.

My frost creeps through streets,
covering cars and garden plants in white sheets.
Like an abandoned theatre, the echoes of life fall
dead on quiet midnight roads,
and the dance is ceased.
Silence steps in time with the beat of my feet.
I halt beneath a solitary light,
breathe deep the chilled air and watch
as the vapour shifts and curls from my lips.
I smile as I bend my will
to timeless work
with tools that never wear.
My winter is here.