Hi Pogue, Remember last Monday we talked about embracing your weird? Well today I’ve been listening to the Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, on the TV, five days before his first budget statement. And it was refreshing to listen to him because he told it as it is. We’ve some hard times ahead as a country and … Continue reading Monday Musing
Dear Pogue, I came across a quote from Sylvia’s Plath yesterday where she said she had learnt “to embrace her own weirdness”. It sort of struck me that in doing so she found her own creative genius and whilst her life was a troubled one, she left us with a legacy of great poetry. Her … Continue reading Monday Musing
Well Pogue, After yesterday’s musing I guess we need to sit a savour the songs of one of those master wordsmiths I mentioned. I’ve gone for Bruce as, well, why wouldn’t I. I mean, this song was from his first album and he was already writing this well. Just enjoy. https://youtu.be/uozMTmEjxHc And if you want … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now.
Dear Pogue, Do you ever read something and ask yourself: “How does that woman think?” or “What’s gone on in his life that he can write that?” I find myself doing it more and more these days. In fact instead of considering that I’m increasing my knowledge I continually find myself realising how small my … Continue reading Monday Musings
Come to the woods with meCome amongst the trees,The wild branches in passion with the windHeaving and thrustingEcstaticHeaving,And we will be lovers by proxyAs we sit and feel the energyThe raw power of ancient woodBent in nature’s embraceAs trees bend and stretch,Groaning,Gasping,Yes, yes,Our skin will tingle Wind whippedAnd we will share the momentThe climax,Then the … Continue reading To The Woods
Pogue, I wrote last week about the music that pervades the universe and how so very many have no awareness of its existence. And, as is usually the way, having put that out other similar thoughts and ideas returned to me. Synchronicity, don’t you just love it! So I came across a quote from a … Continue reading Monday Musings
Dear Pogue, I wrote to you in the week about the creative process and suggested that inspiration came from outside rather than within. I questioned whether we had lost our way and turned to our own very limited ability to find creative impulse. So thinking about this and practicing the thought to test its veracity … Continue reading Monday Musing
Pogue, The creative process can be a tortured thing at times. One day, there you are just breezing along, everything is flowing, all cylinders seem to be firing, inspiration is a warm breeze blowing from the south and all is well with the world. You just create because you can do nothing else. Then something … Continue reading Creative Inspiration
Flickering flamePulsing,Sputtering lifeAnd dancingAlways dancing,Bent by breeze,Reaching upTo cast shadowsOversizedThere and goneAnd back,As flame flaresSpits from waxReceding Shadows fallDwindle,As dance declinesLight retreatsBreath is heldThen releasedWith luminosity renewedSo fragileSo persistentSo,Mesmerising? Will the flameOutlive the candle?
Dear Pogue, Apparently my writing of late has had a dark shade to it. It has held overtones of grief, particularly my poems, and has been a cause for minor concern, or so others tell me. And all such comments have been marked with a tinge of curious concern as is befitting for those who … Continue reading Monday Musing
Pirouetting and shimmying God moved through the rainWith a smile and a small laughAnd a sound like delight“I made this, I made thisIt’s was all down to me.It soaks to the skinI’m so full of joy”There’s an experience to be hadFor those who dance in the rainWho realise the blessingGet soaked to the skinForsake their … Continue reading God In The Rain Without An Umbrella
Dear Pogue, Do you ever struggle to find joy in life? I know I do on occasions and the last week or so it’s been particularly hard, what with having Covid and all. Inspiration has certainly been in short measure. But the thing is, and it is only as I sit here and search for … Continue reading Small Things
Morning Pogue, Back in the Day I had a love affair with the music of Joe Jackson. I’m still thinking he wrote some really great songs. But then, fickle as my love is, it moved on to other brighter and shinny things and Joe faded into a collection of memories. Such is life. However music, … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now.
Greetings Pogue, Sometimes I just need a song to help me keep up the pace as I move though the day. A song to help me bop along. It’ll reenergise me and sing along in my head, shutting out the noise. I hope you know what I mean? Well, George Ezra writes songs that are … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now.
Pogue, I sending you a second song this week. Two songs in a week! This one forced itself on me. Let me explain. I went out walking. Literally five minutes from my front door and I have this... And this… Plus this… Then a song started playing in my head as I counted my blessings. … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now
Dear Pogue, You know I like to watch rugby matches? Most weekends I will find a match or two to enjoy and we’ve just been through the Six Nations competition so I’ve had plenty to keep me occupied. However the last few matches I’ve watched, including one yesterday, have not been so enjoyable. Why? Well … Continue reading Monday Musing
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
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, Saw this today and it spoke to me of a better world. Wic
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 inspired by a discovery I thought I’d made. Looking at people who had ‘liked me’ I came across someone who’s blog has posted a piece … Continue reading Monday Musings
Dear Pogue, Well you read my letter on being Windswept? Several other people certainly did and I received some feedback. The good stuff😎 The gist of it was that people actually like the idea of being eccentric, if only in some small way. That they know that there are things that they keep hidden away … Continue reading Monday Musing
Pogue, New artist, at least for me, probably not for you🤔 So I heard this song while enjoying some Chinese food with friends (and a cheeky beer😳). And I had to share it. Not much else to say. So here is Rictor with You and Me and Somehow. https://youtu.be/hizS3hqZ-qk I hope you really enjoy this. … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening to
Pogue, This is to help you feel good in a hectic week. I follow a lady poet who has a site by the title That Gut Wrenching Poetry. She writes some good stuff. So this week she posted Rambles:Is This Love? And me, my mind went straight to this song. https://youtu.be/vmezIIrFQmY I know, an oldie. … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening to
Dear Pogue, My preparation to move home is progressing. As you are aware the decision has been taken to downsize considerably. I’m thinking that over the prolonged lockdown an awareness of how much space there is and what percentage was being used has been highlighted. This means that more than half the possessions will have … Continue reading Monday Musings
Hey Pogue, Just been sitting in my favourite coffee shop and enjoying a flat white (2 actually) and some of that excellent cake that they always seem to have. And as always, while I sipped, I listened to the cool sounds that filled the air. What a great way to spend the morning. To top … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening To
Hi Pogue, I’ve not sent you a photo before so here’s one I took last Friday. Magnificent silver birches trees. As I stood admiring these impressive albinos a friend said to me, “You could miss the wood for the trees” and that set me thinking. The saying has always made me think. Like, what does … Continue reading Monday Musings
Morning Pogue, There’s this friend of mine who has a dog. Big dog. “So?” you ask. Well my friend noticed a group of children playing with the dog from the other side of the garden fence. The dog was getting excited so he went into the garden to speak with the children and told them, … Continue reading Monday Musings
Morning Pogue, There’s an old Robert Palmer song with a chorus of: Ooh it takes every kinda peopleTo make what life’s about, yeahEvery kinda peopleTo make the world go round And this forty years before we got to Black Lives Matter. Yes it does take “every kinda people” because life has the potential to be … Continue reading Monday Musings