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Whisker Breath

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Fox-red rabbit with snowdrop paws
peeping through the sodden grass.
Never-ending munching.
Unaware that black cat ears
are just a whisker away.

A car backfires, shotgun loud.
Hind legs jerk, and rabbit’s gone.
Black cat sits, back straight, searching
reveals his sinister intent.
Whiskers tweak, he stalks away.

Free poetry books 15 – 17 April

Both Nature’s Gold and Autumn Gold are free this weekend, 15 – 17 April 2016 on Amazon (Kindle versions).
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This poetry covers a wide range of topics and styles. These poems are written to stir thoughts, but mostly for fun. Here’s one of the poems.

Life

Rise
And fall.
Dark and light.
Good and evil.
Achievement and shame.
Happiness and despair.
These are life’s great challenges.
Enjoy each opportunity.
Savour both hope and disappointment.
Open your heart to all the future holds.

(An etheree)

All my books are permanently free on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and if you pay for a paperback copy of any of my books, then the ebook is free.

If anyone would like to leave a review that would be lovely. I hope you enjoy the poetry.

Abandoned

The floor board creaked
but no-one was there.
I heard a foot step
on the winding stair.

The fierce wind whistled
through the broken pane,
and a tree branch tapped
on the weather vane.

He said he’d meet me,
but I stood alone.
A spirit loomed.
Blank eyes met my own.

Why were we meeting
in a lonely place?
I saw a shadow
of a twisted face.

I ran to exit
through the open door,
aware my one love
wanted me no more.

Autumn Gold – New poetry book

My new poetry book, Autumn Gold, is  now live on kindle. To celebrate I’m giving all my other books away free for 23 and 24 December 2015. If you fancy reading any of them then download them for free and read at your leisure.

My new poetry book contains some rhyming and non-rhyming poems, in all sorts of formats. I hope the poems make you smile, cry and laugh.

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It will cost $2.99 or £2.01, but it will be free on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My first book of poetry, Nature’s Gold, is free on 23 and 24 December 2015.

Happy Christmas

I wanted to share a couple of my poems as a way to wish a Happy Christmas to visitors of this site. If you are not celebrating Christmas then I hope you will have a Happy Holiday. The first poem has a bit of a message and the second one is for writer friends.

Second Sacrifice

Lines of trees are felled
from the nearby hills,
for winter harvest.

Many homes are graced
with tall green beauty,
that enchants briefly.

Sparkling lights shed
their intermittent light,
beneath angel wings.

A second kind of death –
life drains from branches
and needles pattern floor.

Each year Norway Spruce
give their lives for us,
like the first sacrifice.

Christmas Wishes

If I were the Christmas Fairy
high up on the Christmas Tree
I’d hand out loads of gifts
to would-be poets just like me.

I’d give us the gift of rhyme or not,
A chance to try out our words
In all the different formats
and audiences like flocks of birds.

I’d give us thoughtful friends
Who’d comment on what we write,
I’d let this gift of wishes last
until we became poets with deep insight.

I’d give us the art of the sonnet
and Shakespeare’s thoughts to make us think,
but all I have to offer are
good wishes and a Christmas drink.

Book Review: Natural History by Tom Benson

Natural History (An Anthology of Poetry)Natural History by Tom Benson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Natural History is a great book of rhyming poems by Tom Benson. There are forty-five poems for less than £1, so it’s very good value for money.
Within these poems there are messages to mankind about how the world’s resources are being wasted and how we need to treat animals better.
The reader can pick up factual information from many of the poems, e.g. in ‘Big Cats 1 – Cheetah.
In the poem ‘Fox Cub Toddler’ a narrative style is used about a young cub, who goes exploring, without his mother’s permission. He doesn’t seem to learn the lesson.
There’s a wonderful variety of subjects: poems about diving or climbing, to poems about The Lake District, The Arctic, The Desert or The Jungle.
If you like the ‘Natural World’, then you are in for a real treat with these poems.

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Poetry Book Review: Humour – An Anthology of Poetry by Tom Benson

Humour Tom BensonHumour by Tom Benson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This anthology of thirty poems has the feel good factor. All the poetry is in quatrains, with clever line length shape. Each poem will bring a smile to your face, and is accessible to everyone. You won’t go away and think I don’t know what that’s about; having said that, each poem relies on the power of words, and is skilfully crafted. Some are a touch risqué whilst others rely on a play on words or innuendo.

There is a variety of subject matter, ranging from sci-fi, a riddle and a poem with a message and much more. If I’m being a little vague it’s because I don’t want to ruin your delight in reading this anthology by putting in spoilers here.

The book is well set out with links from the index to the individual poems and is excellent value for money.

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