There’s a bird I watch from my windowShe comes day after daySoaring on the up draughtsBorn of stormy windsNever fluttering a wingEasyQueen of the skyNot a care or concern can be seenAnd as Lawrence wrote “I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself A small bird drop frozen dead from a bough without ever … Continue reading A Bird
How you doing Pogue? So I wrote to you last Monday and when you opened the letter you discovered I’d been reflecting on how children and young people live such a different existence now compared with when I was young. And you let the letter get loose and…I got some responses. In fact more than … Continue reading Monday Musing
Songs To Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now.
Hi Pogue, Just a quick note to share a song with you that I heard on a TV series last week. It’s really laid back and music to…just turn the lights down low with a good glass of wine in hand. Sometimes we all need a little bit of a “laid back” vibe. Have this … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now.
Close our eyes
We could close our eyesBut would we have to stuff our ears?So the sounds can no longer be heard?And if we did not see,No longer heardThe bullshit that we’re fed as lifeWould we be able to be free,To flourish and grow unhindered.Would the past sink claws into our coatsDragging and clinging,Resisting possibilities of loss of … Continue reading Close our eyes
A Little Magic
Dear Pogue, Having mused on Monday, as is my habit, I came a cross this quote in a feed I take weekly. I felt that it flowed like and from my Monday Musing. It speaks of an alternative world, maybe a better world, a world that is all but lost today. Maybe this is, in … Continue reading A Little Magic
Hi Pogue, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking this last week or two, mainly spurred on by being with you and your two children. Their world, the world you create and try to protect, is nothing like the world of my childhood. They have Lego, but I had Lego. Difference is, I use to … Continue reading Monday Musing
Songs To Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now.
Another bit of nostalgia Pogue. All the way from the 80’s. Before you were even born😳! But this was a band I liked a lot at the time and for some strange, (sad?), crazy, nostalgic reason I found myself seeking out one of their songs this week. I never know where my brain gets its … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now.
I take your hand
In the garden moist with rainI walk the path between the treesThat have embraced this wayDown the ages goneAnd as I hold your handKnowing I am completeThis day is made wholeSit with me on the hillShare with me the contemplationLet us be as onePeering into this world and the nextFor now we will understand More … Continue reading I take your hand
Morning Pogue, Another letter on your door mat from me. Make coffee, find a comfy seat and sit down to read. It’s Monday. Do you ever come face-to-face with your shortcomings? I have been this week and it has made me realise that I’m not the person that I’d like to think I am. I … Continue reading Monday Musing
It’s Not Your Fault
It’s not your fault,I know, I know,It’s not your fault,Yes I understand,It’s not your fault,I feel your pain,It was done to you when,You were, oh, so young,It was pain when you craved love,And the only light was dark,So you’ve sought so much help,To set you freeFrom what’s gone before,Brutal, callous, undeserved. But it is your … Continue reading It’s Not Your Fault
Confronted with the issueRequiring an answerI looked from all sides,I turned it inside out,My own knowledge I searchedThe world I referenced,I plundered the outer limitsWhere stars are set to guard wisdom,Then I knew answers and moreOh, so much moreFor my gift was in playAnd I saw everythingEven beyond to the consequencesLike cosmic tumblers falling in … Continue reading My Curse
What Do I Do?
What do I do?When I can’t believe like you,Think like you,Read like you,Hope like you,Tell me,What do I do? How will it end?When I can’t walk the same path,Even admire the view,Believe it’s gone this far,Thinking we’re lostI’m turning around,How will it end? Can we think so differently?On such basic life stuff,Has life changed us … Continue reading What Do I Do?
Morning Pogue, A few years ago I went on a tour of the World War 1 battlefields travelling throughout France and Belgium. One evening I found myself in a restaurant on the town square in Ypres, Belgium. As I sat my attention was drawn to a group of English school children who were noisily passing … Continue reading Monday Musing
Songs To Pogue…What I’m listening to now.
Here’s one for you Pogue, I’m in the gym today, working out, and the musics playing. It’s in the background and I’m aware of some old songs and the…I’m totally engaged. It’s a song I haven’t heard before but it’s got me and I’m putting down the weights and going to check what and who … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m listening to now.
I rode a Harley DavidsonIt was a cool machineBut before long I came to dreadThe hours it took to cleanOften you find me on bended kneeTrying to give the chrome a sheenI’d ride across the countrysideSeated in an easy styleMatched by the lazy paceAs I enjoyed mile after mileAnd when I took my helmet offYou’d … Continue reading The Bike
Morning Pogue, I did something yesterday that I haven’t done in a while, I went to church. You know I have a long and chequered history with the church and after being a regular attender for a long, long time, parted company with them. I would now say, when asked why I left, that the … Continue reading Monday Musing
Reading what’s not there
I’m currently reading what’s not there,It’s taken too long to see Between the lines there are gapsGaps that say so much,It’s what I’m not toldThe things not saidThe omissions waiting to revealThe things I shouldn’t know,But the whole picture seldom is completeSo you’ll forgive me please For reading into what’s not been saidFor pillaging your … Continue reading Reading what’s not there
Jesus- Things we really know.
So Pogue, I have continued my thoughts around Jesus and my search for the “Real Jesus”. To begin with I have drawn together the things that seem common in the Biblical record and are generally accepted. Let’s start with his birth which is recorded as having taken place in Bethlehem, his mother being Mary and … Continue reading Jesus- Things we really know.
My shadow grew longAs I walked awayThe sun shone down behind meI had not realisedHow bright it wasUntil my shadow spoke to me The woods were agedAnd dense with growthI walked for hoursLost in thoughtBut then the woodsman cameFinally I saw the trees Music has filled my daysAn undemanding companionOccupying the spaceBut then I foundI … Continue reading Long Shadow
Songs Too Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now.
Pogue, I have a favourite bench in the woods where I walk. To get there I have to climb across two or three fields, walk up a gully and there it is, surrounded by aged trees. Where’s the song in that? Well it is a place of peace and solitude that I come to, often … Continue reading Songs Too Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now.
Recently my mind has become a depository of rhyming words Stacked ever higher against the day of needLike a library with groaning shelvesBooks awaiting to reveal secrets yet untold,And now I find my vice become a habitWithout knowing it a collector I’ve become,But for all the resource I possessI still toil over lines that don’t … Continue reading Free Verse
Hi Pogue, Over the last few weeks I’ve found occasional moments when I have unwittingly slipped into dark thoughts. And believe me there is plenty of reason to go to that place. One episode of the daily news has the potential to send a weak mind into a tail spin. But in so many situations, … Continue reading Monday Musings
Songs To Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now.
Pogue, If I ever put together a top 10 albums of all time Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan would be in the top 5. I originally bought it the week it was released and played it to death. It never bored me😎It wasn’t so much the music as the words that Bob put … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now.
The Search For Jesus
Pogue, Further to my email last week on Jesus I’ve continued musing and thinking about how I can discover the “real” Jesus. Is that even possible after all this time? Here’s a thing. Have you ever thought that Paul, the Apostle, never knew Jesus. And that’s important I’m thinking because they were men of a … Continue reading The Search For Jesus
This is the Poem
This is the poem that changed the world,This is the poem that made men thinkAnd questioned all they could possibly do,These are the words that laid bare the truthThen the truth did what only it doesAnd the cracks began to appearMaking wise men smile for the time has come,When all will be laid bareAnd all … Continue reading This is the Poem
Dear Pogue, Forgive me! This started as a short thought and just kept growing! I have been noticing that amongst people there is often a need to be right. Have you ever noticed that? And being right, there is then a need to prove that they are right. I am sure there are all sorts … Continue reading Monday Musing
Things That Go Bump In The Night
They come after darkWhen my eyes are tight shut,As I drift between worldsIn search of some well deserved rest,Quietude’s balm is all I desireAs I’ve wrestled all dayWith a tumultuous world,The troubling thoughtsThat others createAnd hand me like giftsOr place in my careSo as consciousness subsides,At the very end of my day,As I slide into … Continue reading Things That Go Bump In The Night
Pogue, I guess we’ve both been around a few churches in our time. I remember sitting in one and being approached by a man who proceeded to ask me: “Do you know Jesus” and then continued to tell me that I definitely need a personal relationship with Jesus if I was going to achieve heaven. … Continue reading Which Jesus?
Morning Pogue, I once sat and did some maths to find out if I hadn’t had children how old I would have been before I could have afforded an Aston Martin. I could have owned one a long time ago🥴 But now I wouldn’t thank you for giving me one, or anything else prestigious for … Continue reading Monday Musing
Sometimes there’s nothing to sayBut the desire to say something is strongThe need to create rises up insideAgainst the fear that all is lostThen I’ll just write whatever I findIn the belief inspiration will come Sometimes there’s nothing to sayI have no wisdom to giveAnd despite the need for an answerThe need for some hopeAll … Continue reading Nothing
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