A Painful Conversation


Oh, it’s you, you’re back.

When did you go, it doesn’t seem long?

How long are you staying this time?

OK, I guess it’s not much of a welcome but…….

I know no-one else is complaining, but I’m not them.

They don’t have to put up with your moods.

Wouldn’t you rather be somewhere else?

Why do you always have to show up in the middle of the night?

I need to sleep, but you keep interrupting.

Yes, I’ve already taken a tablet.

Never mind, you just don’t understand; it’s all about you.

If you’re staying, I’m going to turn over and try to ignore you.


Unable to Stop the Winds of Change

003Unremarkably, the once still air begins to shift

Unnoticed, a zephyr wafts and eddies at your feet

Unaware, the leaves begin to dance in the breeze, grasses swirl, clouds scud

Unconcerned, draughts probe gently at loose clothing

Unhurried, gusts find purpose pushing against your weight

Unworried, you shield your eyes from wind- borne dust

Unthinking, you look down, leaning into the strengthening blusters

Unsighted, white horses race squall-tossed waves at sea

Uneasily, you brace your feet and set your chin to the storm

Unstable, branches break, boughs bend, roof tiles rattle

Unheard, distant winds circle faster, angrier, roaring, rumbling

Unbalanced, staggering, losing footing, hands clasp for purchase

Uncertain, heart pounding, succour is sought, prayers offered

Unknowing, whether the hurricane will pass, and you will be spared.

Interesting noises

img_3101via Daily Prompt: Heard

Some of these you may have heard:

Abacuses adding, babies breathing, clams closing, diners drinking, examples explaining, feathers flying, gates gaping, horns hooting, images illuminating, jesters joking, knitters knotting, laughter lifting, machines making, noise nagging, options opening, people partying, questions querying, ramblers roaming, snowflakes settling, time travelling, umbrellas unfurling, voices vocalising, wind whistling, xenagogues explaining, yaks yawning, zephyrs zigzagging


via Daily Prompt: Lovingly


Nine months gone, labour begun

Pain and panting through gritted teeth

Pushing, urging, willing, wanting

Baby from its muscled sheath


A boy, a girl, it doesn’t matter

But let it be healthy, ready for life

Bear down now, it’s nearly here

Comforting words, from the midwife


One more push, I can see the head

Arms and shoulders make their way through

Baby’s out, crying for mummy

Wait just a second, we’ll pass him to you


A magical moment, as mum takes the child

Wrapped in a blanket, content as can be

Mother and son begin a new journey

Held to the breast, lovingly

Pigeonholes of probability: Any suggestions?


The Pope is Catholic.

Triangles have three sides.

The first cup of tea of the day tastes best.

There is suffering in the world.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.

The ceiling of self-worth is fixed by your upbringing.



Your spouse/partner can be right.

You can kick the habit.

Politicians are honest.

Lying can be for the best.

Children should be seen but not heard.

Karma feels real.

Buttered bread lands butter side up when dropped.

Lottery winners deserve what they get.

Faeces happen.

You can make an omelette without breaking eggs.

Age brings wisdom.

The path less travelled is better.

Love Hurts



You are right.

Pets are a good thing.

What goes up must come down.

Entropy increases.

Little, but often, is better.

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Kindness has its own rewards.

Up to half the clothes in your wardrobe don’t fit anymore.

Your queue is slower than the others.

There is light at the end of the tunnel.



You will be younger tomorrow.

Our minds can comprehend the universe.

Someone knows EXACTLY how you feel.

One more won’t hurt.

There are some victimless crimes.

St Swithun’s day works.

Every cloud has a silver lining.



img_2896Success is measured in different ways

And much has changed, since former days

A good education, and steady work

Were things held dear, if you didn’t shirk


Some of the best could achieve in sport

Football or tennis, or some such sort

But crazy money wasn’t part of the story

For those looking there, for fame or glory


Things have changed, and many believe

You needn’t struggle, if you want to achieve

TV and music, sell young a new dream

All can have riches, it now would seem