My first poem

No space for kindness?

I am continuing my thinking about poetic forms,The limerick is popular with most people even those who are afraid of poetry in general apart from it n,The Ancient Mariner etc
Now I do not pre-think a poem.I don’t know much about what will emerge.Sometimes a phrase like,The Museum of my heart,comes into my mind and I am stimulated to write around that.My first poem on my first blog was free verse.I had been outside in snow and the streetlights gave a strange orange glow on the whiteness..also the air smelled different as I looked at the dark sky and the snowflakes


Too old for cold,I stand, now ,against the hedge,
Watching the snowflakes in the glare of neon street lights.
Darkness has come early,and I think of country uplands and huddled sheep.
On Salisbury Plain,shepherds watched their flocks
Just as in Bethlehem two thousand years before,
And then,exactly when?
“Between the wars”,it stopped. Now we know there is no “Between the wars”.
And who decided
To cull the sheep and shepherds and the space for kindness ?
Now that same Plain still exists,but banned
And closed to human-kind,
For bombs ,not wombs
Nor for birth of lamb ,nor gypsy child ,nor Saviour
Where would He go today

I had no form in my mind when I was writing nor did I know it was going to be about whether in the world we have created there is any space for true creativity….
So I did not try to make into a sonnet or any other type of poem

Maybe it found its own form? It evokes for me the whole scene I sa



Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

September 11

obverse audio pron   \AHB-verss\

Share the Word of the Day
Facebook share feature Twitter share feature Digg share feature share feature E-mail this Word of the Day to a friend


1 :
the side of a coin or currency note bearing the chief device and lettering; broadly : a front or principal surface
2 :
a counterpart having the opposite orientation or force; also: something that is opposed to some other often specified thing : an opposite
3 :
a proposition inferred immediately from another by denying the opposite of what the given proposition affirms

Income tax UK

Income Tax: general enquiries

BETA This part of GOV.UK is being rebuilt – find out what this means

Online forms

Your message using these forms is secure. If HMRC reply by email the information is not secure. If they need to contact you about anything confidential, they will reply by post or telephone.

If you’ve received a P800 and have any queries, you can read about the P800 calculation or watch a video.


  • Telephone: 0300 200 3300
  • Textphone: 0300 200 3319
  • Outside UK: +44 135 535 9022

Call HMRC for help with questions about Income Tax, including PAYE coding notices, Marriage Allowance and change of personal details.

Find out about call charges

Opening times:

8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday
8am to 4pm Saturday

Closed Sundays and bank holidays

Best time to call:

Phone lines are less busy before 10am, Monday to Friday

Have your National Insurance number with you when you phone.

Rorsach’s spots

Rorsach made a fortune from blots
He says people see  their own mind in inkspots.
In such secretive ways
Psychologists play.
Like stories they all have their plots.

It seems they need some method to find
What goes on at the back of our minds.
Day dreams and reverie
Give them a measure of
That which keeps us in a bind.

Or maybe they cannot converse
Except in some slantwise obverse
Of talking the normal way
Even though it’s for pay.
Who knows what is better or worse?