An old friend took me to bed last nightI hadn’t done that in a timeI think I needed comfortingI think I needed something that would make me smileSomething familiar and scented with good times Times long gone by. We lay beneath the sheetsDetermine to set a moodTo re-enact days now passedTo find the memories and … Continue reading An Old Friend
Pogue, Another week gone and a new one lays ahead. Not a whole lot has happened in the last seven days and in times like this it is useful to take stock of the small things. You listened to the Kate Bush song I sent you last week? A song about the pleasure in recalling … Continue reading Monday Musing
Dear Pogue, First, if you’re in a hurry or short on time, don’t start this letter. It’s long. I got started and the conversation I was having with myself expanded. It needed to as I was looking for answers. There, you’re on notice. So…. Are you able to stand off and observe yourself? Become the … Continue reading Mental Health, My Mental Health.
What’s Up Pogue, Here’s a song that tells a story of those moments of pleasure that make up our fondest memories. And there are those special unique moments such as your first kiss, or maybe that night you spent with friends and you wished it would never end. All the cosmic tumblers were lined up … Continue reading Songs To Pogue… What I’m Listening To Now
Pogue, Having written Where Do The Birds Go (The Bigger Question)? and finished with the words; Leaving us no guiltLet’s not remember That evil prevails when good menNotice not I came across a poem entitled Let Them Not Say by Jane Hirshfield in my reading today. For me, it had taken what I had said … Continue reading Let Them Not Say.
Well Pogue, Last Monday I asked you how you would live this year if this was the last year, ever. If on 31st December the world just stopped. What did you think? Indeed, did you think? I’ve asked some others and there seems to be a big gap in the responses. There are some who … Continue reading Monday Musings
I asked you where the birds went We wondered but we didn’t knowOur enquiry was honest Our interest keen But now a darker question begins to formWhere did the Jews go?Throughout histories darker hoursHere one day and gone the next Then the Tutsi?that Rwandan people Slipped from view While the world noticed not As did … Continue reading Where Do The Birds Go (The Bigger Question)?
Have you ever seen a dead birdLaying on the ground? The trees sing outWith birdsong sweetThe skies are speckled byBirds in flight Flocks gather in the fieldsAnd feast on the cornSeagulls gather on the shoreOr cluster around the fishing boats In city gardensOn wooded hillsIn the summer heatAnd the winters freeze Birds are a backdropTo … Continue reading Where Do The Birds Go?
Pogue, Remember, we’re thinking about what we’d do if we only had this year and no more. How we’d live. Carry on thinking about it. Wic
Dear Pogue, So here we are at the commencement of a New Year and we’re all resolutioned up. All those things we intend to do to improve life. Weight to lose, fitness to gain, bad habits to shed. We do it every year and then, round about the third week of January begin to flag. … Continue reading The Last Year To Come
Pogue, I came across this the other day while reading around. It fits so well with a recent letter I’ve written to you. Better than I initially realised. Written by Rebecca Elson, sharing a view that I’ve suggested towards death, that we are only passing on and shedding our bodies to go to better things … Continue reading Antidotes To Fear Of Death
Dear Pogue, One last song for this year. A song that gives hope, at least for me. A song about relationship. It’s a cover version but I like this one and it finishes the year well. Nothing Else Matters, originally by Metallica, covered by Smith and Myers as an acoustic version. As the New Year … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m listening to now
Someone has said “Only the good die young” and whilst I’m sure that death is no more partial to the good than it is to the not so good there have been moments when I have found myself wondering why a life has been cut short or finished in it’s prime. I found myself in … Continue reading Only The Good Die Young
Pogue, The very first person we referenced in our letters was D.H.Lawrence. Here’s a very short poem by the same which makes a profound statement and makes me wonder at men’s self indulgence. I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a boughwithout ever having felt … Continue reading Monday Musing
The mongoose danced the circle againThe cobra swayed and spatThe tango of death played onYet I have to askWhat profit the mongoose should it the victor be? It knows not what drives it into conflictBut this has always been the way‘It’s what I do’ it would want to say The cat that kills the birdLeaving … Continue reading The Mongoose
Dear Pogue, A singer writes a killer song and wherever he goes the crowd scream “Play…” The singer gets to enjoy the knowledge that they’ve done something good, over and over. But a painter paints a picture and that’s it. No one saw Van Gogh on the street or in his studio and said, “Hey, … Continue reading A Christmas Letter
The fox is an animal of the nightRunningLaughingHunterExhorting in the embrace of darknessSafeAnd smiling Me?I shelter in my roomClinging to the embers of the retiring fireEnticing the warmth to lingerThe candle to tarry just a little longerFor the dark is a place of fearAnd the unknown and things hopefully forgotten The fox dances a mocking … Continue reading The Fox
Pogue, I guess we’re all listening to Christmas songs whether we like it or not😏Every time you turn the radio on there they are. And in fairness there are some good songs played at Christmas, and some really lame ones🥺 One of my favourites that I never seem to tire of is Driving Home For … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m listening to now
Well Pogue, 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houseNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; So the well known poem goes and next time I muse, Christmas will have passed…and I’m already wishing it was all over! This year in particular is proving extremely wearisome with Covid being mixed with … Continue reading Monday Musing
Hey Pogue, I’m continuing listening to soulful music as the nights grow colder and Christmas approaches. Share an old favourite with me that just makes me want to share things with that special other🥰 Long winter nights curled up with someone special…. https://youtu.be/Z9aiBlIpyKU I hope you can enjoy this as much as I do. Wic.
Pogue, Winter evenings, log fires, and cool soulful jazz. It’s what winter evenings are about. Here’s what I’m listening to this week. Enjoy. https://youtu.be/qRzbRtWKo-I And I hope you’ve got my Christmas present already😏 Wic
There’s a crow on the fenceAnd she’s watching meWatching me And I know she knows more than I doBecause she’s been here a hundred yearsA thousand yearsLong before I sat downShe wonders at the futility of my lifeThe strugglesThe effortThe hopesThe dreams She wonders at all men and womenAnd the way they liveNever accepting the … Continue reading The Crow
Pogue, Saw this today and it spoke to me of a better world. Wic
Dear Pogue, They lied to me! They did, they did! And it was subtle and clever because it started early and I was too innocent to be aware. But the lid came off last week and now I know. It happened like this. I had left a shop and was walking behind a child and … Continue reading Monday Musing
There’s an original thought out there It’s mine It’s not yoursIt’s out amongst the stars And on the breezeIt whisper in the trees with the leaves sing alongSo leave it alone becauseIt’s not yours to have It took more years than you’ve known To bring it to lifeMore experience than you’ve gained To breath in … Continue reading Thought
Hey Pogue, Sitting here in Copenhagen Airport and whiling away the time until I fly I have been checking out my blog. I wrote another poem, my second which was I inspired by a discovery I thought I’d made. Looking at people who had ‘liked me’ - why wouldn’t you? - I came across someone … Continue reading Monday Musings
Pogue, I thought I’d try to write a poem, inspired by the poets I read on WordPress. Tell me what you think. Should I write another🤔? I thought I knew me But now I know I didn’t. And you could do no better and know no more For just when I was ready to reveal … Continue reading Lazarus
Dear Pogue, Do you ever know a time when you need to go to a place that’s safe? Not so much a place that’s physically safe but rather a place that’s emotionally safe where no one is going to ask anything of you or put anything on you. In fairness, its usually a place of … Continue reading Monday Musings
I have continued my walking in the countryside because, well, it feels good. Even on the day the wind blows and the rain falls over the hills it remains good. It is uncomplicated and easy to become immersed in. So much a world apart from the way life normally plays out. It’s not demanding but … Continue reading Pogue,
Hiya Pogue, Here, midway through the week have a little feel good. Another one for the lovers😘 Good beat, uplifting vibe. Just what we all need halfway through week. With no further ado, Andrea Triana. https://youtu.be/W-7OkKre7Ec Soon be the weekend…enjoy and be a lover. Wic