Animals and Nature

Triolet: Just a Dusting

Dogs in garden with light snow cover

Just a dusting's not enough

There's barely ample white to fight

It's floating free like frozen fluff

Just a dusting's not enough

No handful for a snowball - tough!

This winter's snowfall's far too light

Just a dusting not enough

There's barely ample white to fight

Triolet: Rewilding


We must rewild this island

with lynxes, wolves and bears

From lowland up to highland

We must rewild this island

in waterways and dry land

with beaver dams and lairs

We must rewild this island

with lynxes, wolves and bears

Cats' Entertainment

Happy mew year cat

For my fellow cat-owning Jam fans.

Territorial war and a screaming stand-off
A recent kill and a ripped-up bench seat
Kittens wailing, scared dog howling
The screech for food and sharp claws sinking

Cats’ entertainment, cats’ entertainment

Blake's Tiger Revisited


Tiger, tiger, dying out
Shrinking forests no redoubt
Tell the world to stop and see
Its game, its dismal tyranny

In what cruel economy
Agriculture cuts the tree?
Starving our elusive cat
Bulldozing its habitat?

In what fell society
Rising warmness swells the sea?
Drowns the mangroves, floods the land
Whose the profit, whose the hand?

Caged Bird, Song Bird

Caged bird

Maya knows why
the caged bird sings
Its wings are boxed in
but its voice is free
    You see

The perch its stage
the cage contains
restrains, inspires
the cries and trills
The wrongs and ills
write songs that long to fly
    That’s why

Songs in keys
of freedom
of hope, of rage
unlock the cage
open skies
    and rise

My Love's Love

My love loves the River Lea
Discovered in recovery
Visits uncover mystery
On trips with children one, two, three
Took looks and books and maps and found
His sanctuary, his way around
Walking Summer at Rammey Marsh
Fetch the ball tossed in the grass
A cup of tea and a water tub
At the café by the rowing club

First You Let The Cat Out

A satirical piece for cat-loving Leonard Cohen fans; rewritten from First We Take Manhattan ...

They sentenced her to living with the humans
She's going to try to rule them from within
She's purring now, she's purring then she'll doom them
- First you let the cat out, then you let her in

A Way Through the (Concrete) Woods

Brush off the litter
and kick through the papers
They rush round and flitter
by bricks and skyscrapers 
Serve canapés, canopies
crowd out the sunshine
Apartment blocks, apple trees
loud dappled grapevine 
Dark undergrowth, underground
You touch in and touch out
on your way through the woods 


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