write-now

It's June and we are easing cautiously out of lockdown and into summer.

I have been having fun turning some of my poems written during these surreal times into small artists' books using just a single sheet of A4 and collaging cuttings from my pile of old magazines.  

A conversation with a friend who is generously getting groceries in for a vulnerable neighbour sparked today's 'shopping list' poem. 

3.6.20

Essentials

 

 

 

A Monkey Shoulder to lean on during the lengthening days

 

A box of random organics - delivered alternate weeks - to sharpen my kitchen inventions 

 

Bottles of milk to bless the doorstep twice a week

 

Bags and bags of fair-trade tea 

 

A sourdough loaf to slice and savour with soups and salads and homemade spreads

 

A superior shortbread biscuit - dipped in milky tea - to soften the scream of early-hours insomnia

 

Mail-order ginger granola not-so-sweet sumptuously soaked in cinnamon-poached pears

 

Carrots juiced for a sunrise hit

 

A bar of Green & Black’s stashed out of sight

 

A freezer of fresh fish or sometimes a supper down on the shore

 

A case for wine o clock

 

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Pages to turn my head and heart

Paper to cut and fold

 

A quiz to test me

A film to transport me

 

Clothes that can’t confine me

Poems to compose

 

Wildlife to wonder at

Weather to measure the days

 

A visiting cat to clap while

Lashings of time idle inexorably away.

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