Give full attention
to a single word
mundane, obscure, short or long
let it pop up
at random
write in non-stop burst
keep exploring
different aspects
exercise writing muscles
surrender to the flow
give permission to make no sense
be free
no need to judge
whatever comes is what comes



Robin landed in the gap between us on the bench as you feasted upon your birthday cinnamon bun and I tucked into cheese scone. We raised our paper cups of coffee and tea toasting the onset of your well-earned pension. All those years of commuting, teaching. Aah here we are on a week day in the park. Oblivious to the occasion, Robin maintained a degree of social distance too, breast blooming. We got the message and each broke off a speck. Sweet from you, savoury crumbs from me, tossed onto the ground before our boots. Robin nipped with a flutter, pecked up the smaller offerings, beaked the largest, flew further afield.

An old friend passed with two of her mates and carelessly muttered something about gorgeous morning…..

As their backs sauntered away, robin made a return. See, we weren’t wolfing our treats. Had it been watching us like prey? Yes, we dashed a few more fragments its way.

Robin however didn’t stay to dine a trois, swanned off with its last piece to the foot of the oak behind. 

Spring robin, after the snow.






APR 17, 2021


Is your alphabet the same as mine?

Are we on the same page?

You deliver your letters

From the wrong letter box

But that’s ok 

Because when I find them

I’ll put them in order,

From Z to A

And critics will argue over

What was meant

Not what was sent

By Danny


MAR 5, 2021


Ask and ye shall be forgiven

Ask and ye shall be rewarded

Ask and accept


Ask and know that your request may not be fulfilled

But ask..


In Alaska they asked’er if she’d masquerade

FEB 12, 2021


I miss her and I miss the sound of her miaow especially .

It was our childish code for her suggesting sex.

For years, I’d pissed her off by always asking for it and never giving her “time to feel my bodily rhythm.”

So in the end I consented to await the miaow.

I thought that, when she left me, last week, we might hold each other, cry together, have one last dance or one last dinner date but no, she left without so much as a miaow.

FEB 1, 2021


Dump yer bombs then ask for famine relief

Dump yer lies then ask for belief

Dump yer mental shit in the bin

Dump yer pathetic attempt at sin

Dump yer rubbish on a Friday morn

Dump yer anxiety by dawn…



JAN 22, 2021


Begin again - always a second chance or at least until the afterlife begins again.  

Begin again to speak with more heart. 

Begin again to be wider awake, to see tree branch shapes; the colours of its inhabitant – a little blue tit. 

Begin again, your judging mind but, this time, notice it whilst it’s happening and begin again the chance for self-compassion.


JAN 15, 2021


To Sandy

You left, my friend, when we were in our Saturn Return and you still haven’t! 

I don’t hold it against you.  In fact, I still treasure you.  

From the other side of the world we can now see each other – virtually – any time we want!  I’m always here for you and I sense you feel the same.  

Our births, back in ’57, were only separated by a few hours even though we’re now separated by a few continents.  But Time and Space don’t impinge upon Soul.

DEC 11, 2020



There are many Hammer siblings.  The eldest is Silent Saw, who saw too much.  The middle twins are Pointy Poker and Shitty shovel, the latter being obvious as he’s the designated one to clean the commodes.  Pointy Poker has an accusatory demeanour, the first to attribute blame in any emerging quarrel.  Finally, there’s Woody Work-Bench (born from a different dad hence the double-barrelled name).  Woody has to put up with everything being placed on his shoulders and all the other tooly shenanigans.


Thanks to Danny for contributions