Arts Articles

On the quiet

26 January 2023 | by Bob Ward

...while there is time to share with friends a calm stillness... | by Ben White on Unsplash

No, not the stasis   of the railway waiting room,   people held between arrival   and hopes for a departure,   each coddling their isolation   by nosing deeply in a paper   or fingering restlessly   the keypad on their phone,   wondering why the train runs late ...

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Home to the harbour lights

19 January 2023 | by Rosie Adamson-Clark

'Like 2 blinking eyes, Guiding vessels to safety, Never dimming, On in all weathers...' | by Clay Banks on Unsplash

Across the ink dark oily sludge, It could not be called water, Surely not, Muck that flowed slow As treacle from the dented Tin in our kitchen cupboard,

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The amulet

12 January 2023 | by Karima Brooke


‘I have no desire to make windows         into men’s souls.’ The judge echoed the queen, conscious of irony and the risk of own goals. In her domain, rhetoric flows. ‘We’ll pray for him; tell us his name.’

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Early Christian Anchorite

05 January 2023 | by Rosemary Mathew

'Where in this cankered earth can peace be found?' | by Andriyko Podilnyk via Unsplash

To escape this world’s contagion, I will go Forth to the wilderness and build me there A shelter; or a cave find in the hills. Thus will I loose myself from Satan’s ills.

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Poem: ‘What the year has left undone’, from the Twelfth month issue, 1854

22 December 2022 | by Henry Ware Jr.

It is not what my hands have done,   That weighs my spirit down, That casts a shadow on the sun,   And over earth a frown: It is not any heinous guilt,   Or vice by men abhorred; For fair the frame that I have built,   A fair...

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Amen fingers

01 December 2022 | by Dana Smith

‘Nothing is wasted. Ever. With these bits I will make things.’ | by Tracey Parish on Unsplash

Today I bless the fingers of the woman who uses yellow thread to mend a hole in my red sweater. She reads the need of a minute daisy for my light-deprived brain in the dead of December.

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I shall betray tomorrow

17 November 2022 | by Translation by Peter D Leeming.

'You do not know where my courage ends. I do.' | Lynette Giesbrecht on Unsplash

I shall betray tomorrow, not today. Tear out my nails today, I shall not betray. You do not know where my courage ends. I do. Five of you, hard hands with rings. And on your feet you’ve boots With nails.

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An atheist’s creed

10 November 2022 | by Jonathan Wooding

| by Mohamed Nohassi on Unsplash

Wisdom (and folly) through waiting, fearlessly passive1; naked flame’s humility; self-transformation in apostrophic mode, HaShem2; divine non-entity jealous of all humanity; powerless Nazarene’s failure breeding courage; (spontaneous-creative fullness of being3); positive incapability; abiding holiness of place; the inclusion of time in timelessness, (and at the point of death);...

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Games at dawn

03 November 2022 | by Roger Iredale

'This the place where life begins, angels enter the soul.' | Vanessa Bucceri on Unsplash

Children are the throats of blackbirds easing laughter out of half-light. Dawn raises curtains and the play begins. Trains emerge from skirting-boards, dinosaurs bark circles on the rug, while an army racks the carpet with its tiny dead.

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When Autumn comes

27 October 2022 | by Rosie Adamson-Clark

'But they have reason to wake in spring, Ready to reach towards the Light again, I feel the loss of energy and power.' | by Lucas George Wendt on Unsplash

I have come to the time When I watch seasons change, Mainly from my window, Nature is framed like some Constable or Turner, Startling, I notice garden choices Some not mine, a year’s growth Will fade, Autumn is here, The full eye blasting colour of the reds Of the...

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