Poetry Mondays: See

While putting the finishing touches to my own 2019 Advent book, it has been a joy to pick up my copy of Malcolm Guite's wonderful Waiting on the Word and begin again the daily readings of poetry, elucidated by the thoughts of a great poet. The first few poems in the book have to do … Continue reading Poetry Mondays: See

Poetry Mondays: fun with first lines

As part of the writers' retreat at Scargill, some of us got together to have a mini workshop, using lines from Brian Bilston's very funny Index of First Lines to create our own poems. This was my attempt. Why not click on the link above to see the original poem (and hilarious ensuing thread) on … Continue reading Poetry Mondays: fun with first lines

Poetry Monday: Path

I'm off to Scargill House in Yorkshire this week, for an annual writers' retreat led by Adrian and Bridget Plass. This poem was written for them, and the metaphor in it is one they often use: a narrow path of grace between the mountains of law and the swamp of licence. You can find this … Continue reading Poetry Monday: Path

Poetry Monday: Trees

I'm not sure how this poem is not yet included in my blog, given that it has now appeared in several other places on the internet. Time to put that right. The poem grew from a remark made by Malcolm Guite on one of his retreat days at Otley hall; I forget the context, but … Continue reading Poetry Monday: Trees

Poetry Mondays: A Good Book

Last week has been full of Bible storytelling, which has included reading, writing, performing and watching some really creative takes on Bible stories.  On Saturday 7th, I was in London for an ACW event, hearing Glen Scrivener talking about telling God's story; yesterday I had another opportunity to watch the great Bob Hartman at work; … Continue reading Poetry Mondays: A Good Book

Poetry Mondays: Partying Angels

Since I was performing this one again on Saturday as part of my Celebration Stories programme (newly rewritten for 2017!) I thought I'd pop it up here. It has appeared in various forms at various occasions, including as a rhyming skit shared with a puppet, but I prefer performing it exactly as I first wrote … Continue reading Poetry Mondays: Partying Angels

Poetry Mondays: Patchwork

Today's poem is a meditation on a patchwork quilt, written years ago when I started a 'poetry blog'.  I'm not even going to link to that blog, which flailed about for a bit and then stopped, but I'm still proud of some of the poems there, and will be moving them in here bit by … Continue reading Poetry Mondays: Patchwork

Poetry Mondays: Christus Victor

I've been out in the garden today, looking at the signs of spring - snowdrops and bright yellow flowers (I'm not a botanist) are appearing like a hidden hoard of gold turned up by the plough, reminding me of this spring/Easter poem I wrote a couple of years ago.     I'm very fond of … Continue reading Poetry Mondays: Christus Victor

Poetry Mondays: John 1

Last week I wrote this blog post for the Association of Christian Writers' blog, More Than Writers.  It finishes with a poem called Katalambano (click above and have a look at the blog post to find out more about what that means!) The poem is one of a pair, but I wrote them years apart.  The first … Continue reading Poetry Mondays: John 1