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50 years 1971

My darling grandkids, again working on the assumption you all, one of you, may read some of these ‘bundles of words’, one day, I flag this one up for consideration.   In a few weeks I’ll be writing this ‘blog’ about an event to mark a fifty years anniversary, in...

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THE MAKAR!

In the past weeks, Scotland, - ‘Who is ‘Scotland’ when things like this happen?’ - appointed a new Scots Makar - see below - to take a line of their own and spread the word of, mostly poetry, across Scotland. It’s a good thing but as always could be more effective...

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WHY BE A POET?

I heard a line today that suggested that poets had a lot in common with police officers. Apparently, it’s accepted that society needs them, but you have to be a prick to want to be one. So, apologies for bozzer to the rozzers, everywhere. Handshakes all round.  ...

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WHOM WE DESERVE

My darling grandchildren, where ere you are when reading this as I write it on a day in mid August in 2021, my love remains with you - where ere I am. It’s arms wrap around you like a wool coat. My wishes for safety and future contentment and love for you from all...

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MONIACH MHOR, Scotlands Writing Centre

A couple of weeks ago I spent 5 nights at Moniach Mhor, in the Scottish Highlands, 15 miles south of Inverness. It’s a residential retreat, described as one of Scotlands writing centres. It’s located 15 miles from Inverness, in the hills near Abriachan, en route to...

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Long Time Lunch Date

Well, this has to inspire some sort of cluster of words - poem, rant, reflection or whatever.   A couple of weeks ago I met with 3 school friends where we enjoyed a lunch- seemed the safe thing to do - as we hadn’t met since our high school departures in the...

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BLOOD, NO GUTS

Greetings friends, should anyone be reading this, I hope you are well and staying safe.   I’ve got a couple of poems to add to the pile this week, one nodding to the topic in this blog, ‘Anti - Slavering’ and one called ‘Ubiquitous Absolutely’, a nod to the BBC...

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WELL AND TRULY DONNE!

WELL AND TRULY DONNE!   The previous blog to this humble collection accompanied two short poems penned for 2 of my grandkids, added to the lists. Hopefully I’ll sing together with them one day not too far away . That would be a bit of bliss! Breagha and Alba and...

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6 THINGS WE COULD WRITE ABOUT

Can we be prompted to write about anything?   I’ve read that there is nothing that can’t be written through the medium of poetry that won’t reveal truths, meaning, ideas and provoke passionate thought. Passion isn’t always about love, it’s often about anger....

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WHITHSTUPSTSHLUP

Hello darling grandchildren on this 5th May 2021. If one day you read this, I’m reminding you that this date is a fairly large scale moment in the democratic timeline across the United Kingdom in one ‘democratic election’ event or another. In Scotland we are being...

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