Friday, December 30, 2005

an anonymous
new year's gift -
of sniffles

Thursday, December 29, 2005

just enough snow
to show
a cat's passed by

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

bitter night
the last
of the honey

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

in one room
after another
winter chill
the winter sun
is enough to melt
a hard frost
why do useless attachments
last for a lifetime?

Sunday, December 25, 2005

fainter and fainter
down the darkening road -
'comfort and joy'

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Christmas Eve
settling down to re-read
an old book

Friday, December 23, 2005

almost Christmas
a section in the card shop
marked 'religious'

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

no moon
to play the ghost of hope -
winter solstice night

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

cafe window -
for a while we're on the inside
looking out

Monday, December 19, 2005

lost glove
palm up - holds the curve
of the fingers

Sunday, December 18, 2005

slipping back
into the soft dark
of a winter dream

Saturday, December 17, 2005

the street preacher -
his voice
and the busker's


down the high street
a boisterous crowd
of Santa Claus balloons

Friday, December 16, 2005

cool moon
beyond the flickering
of coloured lights

Thursday, December 15, 2005

advent -
the stubs
of last year's candles

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

year's end -
a hint of green in the taste
of a red tomato

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

on the bus
we talk of God, the holocaust
and handkerchiefs

Monday, December 12, 2005

nothing to say
moon below
the telephone wire

Sunday, December 11, 2005

playing
that song again
I remember
why I stopped
playing that song

Saturday, December 10, 2005

not smiling -
woman with a basketful
of cartoon pyjamas

Friday, December 09, 2005

each step up
the library stairs
smaller bits of leaves
stress-ball globes
the office worker
juggles

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

December drizzle -
discount shops selling
artificial snow

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

a silver star
in the window
of a grubby pub

Monday, December 05, 2005

fifty-two
small blank squares
my year planner

Sunday, December 04, 2005

clenched fingers
deep in a coat pocket
the numbing cold
of a house key
on a metal ring

Saturday, December 03, 2005

playing a tree
he bends
to check the script
quiet zone
the only person in there -
on the phone


quiet is the new smoking according to Pete Ashton

Friday, December 02, 2005

rain clouds
darkening
the morning sky