Arts Articles

Scree at Pendle Hill

01 June 2023 | by Jeffrey Loffman

'I breathe in, aim for the ascent...' | by ewan bullock on Unsplash

i                                                        Metal pins heal warts, ground-to-cloud lightning strikes the summit, nightmares the yellow sun of St. John’s Wort might soothe, arthritic...

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Come to good

25 May 2023 | by Dana Smith

'I never blew out a sputtering candle, I extinguished the wavering wick.' | by Eyasu Etsub on Unsplash

I will not break a bruised reed. I broke a bruised reed. I did not come to own the world. I tried to own the world. I never blew out a sputtering candle I extinguished the wavering wick.

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The Meeting

18 May 2023 | by Reg Naulty

'There is no need for questions, presence surpasses explanations, the one sought is found.' | by Miah Rose on Unsplash

In the soul’s deepest recesses there is a meeting like winds passing and beholding each other in mutual rapture. ‘You are here at last,’ breathes the soul in welcome, ‘you have come’.

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What the animals said

13 April 2023 | by Alison Leonard

‘You are one of us, a part of what we are a part of. We have seen the burdens that you bear.’ | by Miah Rose on Unsplash

Ashamed of cars and war, I went to the place of earth and sat under a ring of damson trees, and asked the damson stone to call the animals round. It took its time, took my hand to feel the twisted trunks, brittle twigs, the age-long infancy of damson, its...

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Today I am giving up judgement

30 March 2023 | by Dana Smith

'Just like the grace of feeling one’s way… on my knees… the free-fall of love into this new way of walking.' | by Kalen Emsley on Unsplash

It drops but not like a knife skittering across the kitchen floor… The faces across from me: wind- bitten, old and close as mountain streams bloom in the rose steam of Hibiscus tea. I wonder how I hadn’t noticed their beauty in just this way before. Even the dog...

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First Friend

23 March 2023 | by Steve Day

Enslaved people cutting sugar, Antigue 1823 |

Fox by name, George by birth, Earth-Quaker elevated to silent spokesman caught in the fault line of a civil war. Let us live simply, a postscript Penn of beatitudes maintaining a silence towards slavery louder than fear of a good-god inhabiting the crucible colours hung on Calvary.

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Last Sunday

09 March 2023 | by Jenny Gateau

'There I met God awaiting, frail and tired and very old as you might expect.' | by Marius Matuschzik on Unsplash

To Harvey Gillman Last Sunday I was prompted by love and truth to read out your poem ‘Gloria’ for it seemed particularly apt. Walking to our Meeting House in the keen east wind, I’d passed the bus stop, next bus fifty minutes hence.

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The garden

02 March 2023 | by Roger Iredale

'And why in any case was a talking snake wriggling through herbaceous borders when lions were lying down with lambs, eating grass and currants...' | by Mateusz Bajdak on Unsplash

Who they were, what they did, and which one was to blame is what the merry-go-round of sages pondered, dancing on the proverbial pin. And pondered also down the ages if the sin was ersatz or original, or even half and half, and if it started with a forked tongue

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23 February 2023 | by Harvey Gillman

'Open your eyes to the splendour of small things.' | by Natalya Letunovaon Unsplash

A poetic meditation inspired by Isaac Pennington Submit to the light, they said. Open your eyes to its glory. It will show, purge, strengthen you; direct your feet. My friend, give over your willing, give over your desiring, sink to the seed, which God sows in your heart. It will...

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16 February 2023 | by Jennie Osborne

'These dandelions – no show girls but they know how to pop up where they’re not wanted' | by Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unsplash

These dandelions – no show girls but they know how to pop up where they’re not wanted go on, do your worst on tarmac and paving stone Parliament Square, Waterloo Bridge padlocked into earth with combination roots go on, arrest me not ashamed to flaunt the green rosette around their...

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