POEM – Instructions on Not Giving Up by Ada Limón

Instructions on Not Giving Up Ada Limón More than the fuchsia funnels breaking outof the crabapple tree, more than the neighbor’salmost obscene display of cherry limbs shovingtheir cotton candy-colored blossoms to the slatesky of Spring rains, it’s the greening of the treesthat really gets to me. When all the shock of whiteand taffy, the world’s … Continue reading POEM – Instructions on Not Giving Up by Ada Limón

PERFECT POEM for the first day back at work

After a wonderful weeks holiday, today I landed back into my ‘real life’ with a thud.  Thankfully, the perfect poem crossed my path via Twitter.  To Do List by Brian Bilston  delay; defer; equivocatemake some tea; procrastinatelook at Twitter; stroke the catreadjust the thermostat dawdle; dither; hem and hawfill the kettle; chew my jawwrite nine … Continue reading PERFECT POEM for the first day back at work

A poem shared by my mum

Earlier this week, my mum sent me a poem called You Are Enough by Sarah Crossan. It’s from a book that a beloved family friend had wanted to share, but sadly, we lost her last year. Her son brought it over as a belated Christmas present and it is such a wonderful gift! This poem … Continue reading A poem shared by my mum

By Heart 05 – Night – Francis William Bourdillon

Well. I’ve been a bit rubbish at this particular challenge. In nearly three years I’ve tackled an entire 4 poems. And while I did learn them off at the time, I’m not entirely sure that I could just stand up and recite them now. Not me at my most diligent! So, I will refresh on … Continue reading By Heart 05 – Night – Francis William Bourdillon

not by Erin Hanson

You are not your age,Nor the size of clothes you wear,You are not a weight,Or the colour of your hair.You are not your name,Or the dimples in your cheeks,You are all the books you read,And all the words you speak,You are your croaky morning voice,And the smiles you try to hide,You’re the sweetness in your … Continue reading not by Erin Hanson

Walk on – Seamus O’Rourke

Seamus O’Rourke is an award-winning writer, director and actor from County Leitrim. He tours Ireland reularly with his own self-penned shows. Seamus has over two million hits on YouTube and Social Media with his collection of short stories, recitations and sketches.About Seamus Here, on the Late Late Show - an Irish fixture - Seamus recites … Continue reading Walk on – Seamus O’Rourke

Elvis McGonegal

Am just listening to BBC Radio 4 and heard this phenomenal voice read out THE poem of the lockdown era - it certainly has spoken to me! The show is My Name Is… My Name Is Elvis Elvis lives in Stroud in Gloucestershire. He makes a living performing poems to a paying audience who sometimes … Continue reading Elvis McGonegal

By Heart 04 – An Irish Airman foresees his Death.

This weeks one is another cheat. A poem I used to know off by heart but one that I fumbled in Galway. So back to the drawing board! I know that I shall meet my fateSomewhere among the clouds above;Those that I fight I do not hate,Those that I guard I do not love; My … Continue reading By Heart 04 – An Irish Airman foresees his Death.

Jan Dean performs ‘A Mother’s Confession’

This is poetry at its best! I’m not even a parent and I can relate! And the glee! Oh how wonderful! https://youtu.be/maoKbSHB-0M

MINI-POEM – Thomas Love Peacock

How troublesome is day! It calls us from our sleep away; It bids us from our pleasant dreams awake, And sends us forth to keep or break Our promises to pay. How troublesome is day!