Hiawatha sings

I used to love the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and used be able to recite some of it.   Quite by accident I was reminded again of it after stumbling upon Mike Oldfields Incantations album (1978).  There is a wonderful track that uses part of this poem, sung  by Maddy Prior, whose voice  soars and swoops.  I’mContinue reading “Hiawatha sings”

Whatif the whatifs come true?

I came across this poem again the other day by Shel Silverman. It reminded me what a talented man he was.  Silverman (b. 1932 -1999 America) was not only a poet, he was a screenwrtiter, illustrator of childrens books, musician, cartoonist and singer songwriter.  ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ a hit for Dr Hook was written by him andContinue reading “Whatif the whatifs come true?”

My 483rd post is here

Looking back through my past posts, I realised that I haven’t done any summing up since my 427 post.  I like to do this so often as it gives me new ideas and alerts me to areas of the blog which I have either abandoned or neglected.  Some of the categories are outdated now, butContinue reading “My 483rd post is here”

Scary Rhymes

Children’s poetry was always a little frightening when I was growing up.  I was thinking about this recently and I wondered was it because I was a child  and had too much childish imagination or were these poems actually frightening?  So I decided to revisit one and find out…. A particular  poem ‘Up the AiryContinue reading “Scary Rhymes”

Wood nymphs, daffodils and echoes

It’s actually been a Spring like day today!  A bit breezy, but sunshine non the less.  The sun always makes me feel better and more light-hearted.  So light-hearted, in fact that I wrote three  Haiku poems about Spring, plants, even daffodils! (here).  Here is the Master  Lakes poet himself with a beautiful poem that is nowContinue reading “Wood nymphs, daffodils and echoes”

On with the Motley

I’ve been very busy at the moment doing all sorts of things.  Some of it  involves getting my house straightened, which is boring, boring, coconut flooring.  Still blogging on Bookstains  (not as much as here) and have written quite a few poems lately (my Arachne rising seems to have arisen again after all these years!).  ItContinue reading “On with the Motley”

Poetry of the past and present

I’ve read rather a lot of poetry lately.  Mostly off some excellent blogs that I have discovered.  I used to write quite a bit myself.  I still do occasionally (usually if I’m a bit squiffy).  Unfortunately, when I come to read it the writing is very scrawling and almost ilegible.  This seems to be a quirkContinue reading “Poetry of the past and present”