New poems

I’m very pleased to have two poems in the latest edition of Agenda – ‘Moving on’ and  ‘Dreaming You Want me Back.’ Here’s one. You can read the other at Or buy the magazine and read lots more, better poems by other folk! 



It’s one of those dreams – you finally realise

you love me and shouldn’t have let me go.

Your other life hasn’t worked out.


I’m inside your narrow boat.

I forget you might be dangerous,

like the risks of smoking to my heart.


I’ve come back to remonstrate

and I’ve got to see it through.

You’ve offered me a second-hand marriage –


watching the news with tea on trays,

washing up left till morning,

going to bed at different times.


It’s a deal I can’t help wanting –

to be sitting in bed with you, our bed,

looking at the black sky through the hatch.


To stop myself I talk too fast, too loud.

I wag my finger and tell you in a pompous tone

that’s not what love is about.



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