Welcome! This blog has a vision of verse and is in verse.
If you are looking for poetry, that is what you will find!
As a new student at a school in a Riverina winter, many years ago, some classmates told me,
“You’ll hate what we have tomorrow!”
It was poetry.
My response was the opposite of hate.
My life was never the same again.
School and uni came and went.
Studies for the catholic priesthood, followed by ordination, filled in the years.
In the background, and, at times, in the foreground, poetry travelled the journey with me.
Reading it and writing it has been a constant past-time.
I am not able to predict when a poem will come to me.
At times people or events will touch me deeply.
At others, I appear to be more present to who or what is before me.
Words and images rise up and a poem emerges.
Some have been impressions of events.
Other poems have been farewells to communities I have lived in.
Verses may respond to the plight of pain in a person or group.
I love responding to beauty in creation and, on some occasions, will add photos with the poems.
Stanzas may be shaped by coffee shops, scenes of nature or works of art.
I may also refer to other poets or poems – if that helps your overflowing reading list!