“But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.”
~ Vincent van Gogh

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Oh, I am madly excited!!! My poetry collection, SECRET LEOPARD: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS 1974-2005, has just been reissued as an ebook, via my favourite publisher Content X Design. (Thank you, Delaina and Kristin!) 

 You can get it for only $2.99 USD in whatever format suits you (mobi for Kindle, epub for other e-readers or pdf for your computer). 

 Lots of wonderful poems, if I do say so myself  and you won't find them on my blog! 

(There are still a VERY few paperback copies left which I am now selling for $10 USD — and to Aussies $10 AUD — plus postage. You'll have to message me if you want one of them.) 

Here is the link to the ebook.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

My cat sleeps

my cat sleeps well
on the couch beside me
I am safety

They cascade

they cascade
warm orange bright gold
down the vase
spilling fresh fragrance 
my friend's nasturtiums

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mystery Unsolved

I step outside 
to the immediate strong smell of smoke
but none to see.

Clear blue skies in every direction
are interrupted 
by the tops of hills and mountains.

The quiet street
is undisturbed.
When I step back inside the smell is gone.

(I could get in my car and go hunting
but there's coffee here
and a book to read.)

Friday, July 14, 2017

On Sphinx Rock

On Sphinx Rock 
sunlight catches 
two jutting crags.

Against the dark mass 
of head-shaped scrub
they gleam like fangs.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Small Black Cat

small black cat
gazes up at me
ears alert

Trying out techniques from 'IN THE WAY OF BASHO' ebook by Chevrefeuille at Carpe Diem. This one is 'shasei' (sketch): 'to depict the thing just as it is'.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Asserting Ownership

The small cat settles 
beside me on the bed,
relaxes and closes her eyes. 
It could be accidental 
when she stretches out
touching both her hind feet 
to my leg. It could be ... 
but when I shift a little,
she stretches once more, 
eyes tightly closed,
and pushes her feet firmly 
back against my leg.

Linking to the current Tuesday Platform at 'imaginary garden with real toads'

Visitors from the garden, please note that I have not changed my blog layout and title. This is a different blog from the one you are used to.