I almost feel like apologising...I'm just writing so many poems at the moment...it's like a mania. Maybe it just is a mania. I suppose I should send them off tidily to competitions and magazines...but all that side of poetry just gets me down if I think about it too much! So instead, here it is for you gentle visitors. Remember yesterday we were talking about tea (and I took a line about tea - the drink - out of a poem)? Well, here's the don't-worry-the-tea-will-get-its-own-poem piece I was referring to in the comments. I hope you find it enjoyable and refreshing. Mug in the photo is model's own, by the way (my favourite morning vessel just now).
Best drink of the day 1. First blood
More than mother's milk I remember Dad's tea Brewed by magic elves (Well, a teasmade) It was good and sweet And usually left by the bed As he dozed for England Quite dead to the world
The drink as I sipped it Was adventure in a mouthful Maturity and wisdom All life in a taste In the twilight mornings In that big old room upstairs There was little else to think about We were animals in our den
2. Next generation
Tea, coffee, wine, beer So much liquid under the bridge Then finally some growing up to do
I was in labour for about a week But at least at the finishing line There was strong, proper tea for two
The cups were white, institutional And we sat in shock, you and I And drank her health for the first time
Today she's healthy still and growing So far, at nine, she drinks nowt but water But we know that can't go on forever
I see her as she watches us imbibe The must-have clockwork tea in the morning The desperate, snatched gulps in the afternoon
And I see her wonder, I'm quite sure What secrets the special potion holds What power's in the cup
Originally from the north of England, I live in Angus, Scotland where I walk a lot, think a lot, listen to lots of music, sometimes write poems, sometimes read poems out to other people, sometimes write songs, read all kinds of odd things, watch a bit...oh and I look after my family too.
I sometimes organise poetry and music events - details are usually here (though nothing coming up in the near future). This year I went travelling with my family - photos and notes are here. Now we're back I have moved to a new regular blog - it is here.
More about the song
You can buy my book (published 2008) from my website if you fancy it (go to 'book' page) or from www.amazon.co.uk if you prefer the comfort of the multinational corporation. My book is printed on recycled paper and card. I have 12 different poetry postcards available too.