• raggedpoet commented on the post, narrative 6 years, 1 month ago

    scriptwriting your way through life when someone else seems to be holding the pen all the time. You can’t just cut when you want a new scene no matter how much you want to fade out.

  • raggedpoet commented on the post, clasp 6 years, 5 months ago

    Hands…. gear sticks, the edge of the seat.. a trip back from the West Coast, hot stones, lying by the river, so very hot….

  • raggedpoet commented on the post, bowling 6 years, 5 months ago

    oh no, I cant do bowling…. the green next to the cricket ground on a Sunday afternoon…. the occasional click and gentle clink of teacups, against angry shouts and the sound of bats being thrown at the pavillion.

  • raggedpoet commented on the post, checkmate 6 years, 5 months ago

    Between a rock and a hard place, but there is always somewhere to go. Sometimes you have to ignore the conventions and constraints of the game, and go whichever way you can – think outside the box, or off the board.

  • raggedpoet commented on the post, café 6 years, 5 months ago

    Kush, Italy, Zippy’s in Nelson, Diss upstairs above the deli – so many lunches there, the wonderful cafe in Zurich where they made the best lemon cheesecake served on a plate painted with palladium columns in a dark berry sauce…..

  • raggedpoet commented on the post, burrow 6 years, 5 months ago

    into the duvet
    hide from the world
    with a book you need to hug
    hot black tea
    and a fire going
    in the woodburner

  • raggedpoet commented on the post, metro 6 years, 6 months ago

    Mind the Gap
    Mind the Gap
    two gorgeous guys
    at Norwich railway station
    admire their dresses
    their high high heels
    as they step
    so elegantly down
    from the train.

  • raggedpoet commented on the post, welfare 6 years, 6 months ago

    Animals
    Marching with Tabby
    in Occold, near Eye in Suffolk
    her first march, first protest
    I grew an activist
    in my wee Angel of the Universe
    What do we want
    Animal Liberation
    When do we want it
    NOW!!!

  • raggedpoet commented on the post, trench 6 years, 6 months ago

    Trenchcoats, Humphrey Bogart, War

    All lie beyond my experience, outside of my life

    somewhere deep in the dark, where it is wet and muddy

    I once dug a trench for an oil line with a long thin spade

    and another to fill with sand, for growing carrots….

  • raggedpoet commented on the post, flour 6 years, 6 months ago

    Christmas cake and the smell of sherry and hot mince pies from the Aga.

    Children, my babies, it seems so long ago, in other lives, when we stirred wishes the cake.

    Dreams that I damned and wishes whose wings I tore off

    A family fairytale home in Suffolk

  • raggedpoet commented on the post, vines 6 years, 6 months ago

    I remember the summer we lived in Marlborough, still the best summer we had in New Zealand I think, driving past the vineyards of the Waihopai and the Wairau Valley each day, witnessing the vine leaves turned to gold and red and then deep burgundy…. it was a magical time and my children were still children, we were all together. I miss those…[Read more]

  • raggedpoet commented on the post, bagel 6 years, 6 months ago

    Paris on a plane when I was 13, we went with the company Mum worked for. It was my first flight and I was very excited… I remember we got lost and I proudly used my schoolgirl French to ask the way to our hotel. I can almost remember the name of the square.. but not quite. We climbed the Eiffel tower and had to use an old cast iron pan to warm t…[Read more]