a note on a pole


the arm’s afoot


the arm’s afoot  (  soahk fo steet eht gniklim  )

streaming leeks & springing onions

dragons nap in beetle dungeons

bubbles, squeaks & pickled bunions

thunder rumbles under eaves

spitting creaks & twisted rivers

swarms of hornets, curtain twitchers

roman yeoman, village shitters

norman orphans, saxon reeves

bladder rasps & flapping adders

hopping otters, shropshire ladders

missing marbles, hanging daggers

hark - the yarns of weasel's weaves

trees & creepers, eager beavers

swirls of dervish, scraps of aethers

princes, paupers, sauls & peters

battered badgers - thick, as thieves

apple pips & blackened chapels

snots & sonnets - gasps of rabbles

judges slamming wooden gavels

winter wings as autumn leaves

missing parcels, posts & pillars

scraps of shrapnel, shards of mirrors

caterwauling clatterpillars

garden gnomes - with hoes & heaves

jack the ripper's jam & chutneys

mister whippy's magic monkeys

damocles's rubber duckies

reapers of the shim & sheave

squirming worms & cans of peaches

silver service, golden fleeces

purple patches, puzzle pieces

up the creases

of y' sleeves


two fat ladybirds


two fat ladybirds  (  sdribydal taf owt  )

two fat ladybirds

twenty chocolate labradors

seven pence in shrapnel

five finger freebies

eighty gatekeepers

nine lords a leaping fjords

forty three accordions

sixty six sinnel cakes

the thirty third of maycember

four traffic wardens

twelve in the elfin wood

three spoons of sugar

sixty nine nunneries

one spring o' time

feeds the five thousand owls

plus the mutant moons of jupiter

( sixty three & counting )

- bingo


when cul-de-sacs attack


when cul-de-sacs attack ( for saint andrew & bonny scotch pancake land )

when cul-de-sacs attack

the paper quakes

the pens are lead

as pencils trench the desk

i don my mask

then mustard gas

as sunshine strikes the eye

beyond the blue

of blinds that rule

in kingdoms all at war

the gaps       between

the flaps of shat


the animal offensive


the animal offensive  (  a  p o e m  &  t h e  t r u t h  t o o  )

wombat battleships

hare air carriers

snark armadas

hedgehog hovercraft

aardvark arsenals

goshawk fighter jets

frogmouth frogmen

brown owl tiger tanks

penguin paratroops

black swan bomber squads

spider snipers

bugbear legionnaires

merman mercenaries

catfish cavalry

panther panzers

ibex infantry

shark artillery

bat battalions

toucan troopers

red fox special-ops

marching marmosets

war, roar unicorns

on, treecreepers

fuck you, zookeepers


a pageant of penguins


a pageant of penguins  (  a  dream & perhaps a poem too  )


a pageant of penguins

a chatter of chaffinch

an efit of peewits

a legion of egrets

a sparkling of starlings

a barrow of sparrow

a curfew of curlews

a bread bin of redwings

a custard of bustards

a finger of finches

a smidgeon of pigeons

a carrot of parrots

a weasel of eagles

a cupboard of buzzard

a goblin of robins

a murmur

of crows


syntax saddle wax


syntax saddle wax  (  a  p o e t r y s  )

hopscotch otter socks

tosser lottery

prosody's a

podded pea

big gun bunion sun

onions in a dome

shining like a


tut, tut cardigans

lather as a larch

cabbages are

on the march

pen then, morris men

togas when in rome

worm squirms in an

earthen tome

spew blew mutant moon

magnets on y' back

pave the wave - don't

smoke the crack

syntax saddle wax

fodder froth & foams

horses snorting


hi-fi libarary

skittles in a line

hare's the air

& sylphidine

bat flap babbleaxe

gargle garden gnome

pots in holes &

scrolling home