Mushrooms

Mushrooms, by Sylvia Plath, is my poem of the month. Do you want to know what it’s about? One person says it’s about mushrooms. The beauty of poetry is its surplus of meaning. Poems mean a lot – a lot more than the sum of their words and usually a lot more than the poet […]

Man of the Match

First half: Shaking off the tiredness of the day ushered black skin dayglo into concessionary parking (it’s not Premier League you understand) we trudge to Eastlands side by side strangers whose separate feelings we don’t understand but whose goal we share. Parking charges upwards through five poundland to eight poundland. The crowd thickens, the heartbeat quickens […]

Kevin Bennett wrote Psalm 35

On August 17th last year a man was kicked to death in by three teenagers on a dare. The man was Kevin Bennett, 53 year old who slept rough at the back of Iceland in Walton, Liverpool. He suffered a fractured eye socket, collapsed lung and a broken ribcage. His attackers were convicted of his […]

Playing chess with God

14th century poet Hafiz suggests two ways of playing God at chess. What is the difference Between your Existence And that of a Saint? The saint knows That the spiritual path Is a sublime chess game with God And that the beloved Has just made such a fantastic move That the saint is now continually […]

a little pure joy

Thanks to Simon Marsh for posting Sparkling Waters. As he says, “a little pure joy for the eyes and ears.” My own reflection, my play on the water, is filtered through questions of those who feel in the doldrums and those who can’t be still. Stunningly beautiful, fairly typical reflecting water reflecting life never calm playground for […]

Holding hands and climbing

Exploring the habits of the heart crucial for sustaining a democracy Parker J Palmer, in Healing the Heart of Democracy, highlights this poem by Hafez, a 13th century Persian poet . The poem is called Out of a Great Need Out of a great need we are holding hands and climbing. Not loving is a letting go. Listen, the terrain […]