Poetry

Content of the Books
page numbers refer to the paperback versions 
Scenes from Seasons
(but not that sort of Season)

A Prayer                                                                                                9

The Father of My Uncle                                                                    10

Poem to Spring                                                                                   12

 

Scenes from a Season of Pop Festivals

 [I]  Isle of Wight Pop Festival                                                         13

[II] Blondie at Glastonbury                                                              14

 

Girl on a Train                                                                                     15

The Perseids at 3am                                                                           16

Y Perseids am Dri o’r Gloch y Bore                                                16

In the National Gallery                                                                      17

Seventeen and Twenty-one                                                               18

Somewhere Near Merthyr                                                                19

 

Scenes from Fishing Seasons

 [I]   January Pike                                                                                21

[II] Early Morning Fishing                                                              22

 

In the Particular Circumstances                                                      23

Stones                                                                                                    24

Body Language                                                                                   25

Echoes Through Milk Wood                                                            26

Heritage Park                                                                                      27

Life on Lock’s Common                                                                    28

The Seven Lies of Man                                                                      29

London Welsh                                                                                      31

 

Scenes from a Season of War Graves

  [I] My Uncle Charles, 1894-1915                                                     33

 [II] Rifleman 47041                                                                            35

[III] Edmund Baton, 1931-1945                                                        36

 

Mr Jaksó, Instant Brit                                                                        37

Digging for Peace                                                                               38

Letter from Chile                                                                                39

Carta de Chile                                                                                      39

The Shadow in the Corner                                                                40

Herman Melville                                                                                 42

Poem for the Cider Bench                                                                43

 

Scenes from a Season of Artwork

  [I] The Worth of a Lowry                                                                44

 [II] John Drewe and the Meaning of Art                                      45

[III] The Garden of Hieronymous Bosch                                     45

 

Sugarcandy Mountain                                                                        46

Stormtroopers Repelled                                                                     47

Causeway of the Legion                                                                     48

1952: The Year of Yellow Frankie                                                    49

Prayer Requests at St Saviour’s                                                        51

The Royal Pavilion, Brighton                                                           52

The Secret Society                                                                              54

 

Scenes from a Season of Madness

   [I] Idyll Above the Rhondda Fach, 1922                                      55

  [II] Diagnosis Cephalalgia                                                              55

 [III] Old Bedlam                                                                                55

[IV]  New Bedlam                                                                              56

 [V]  Tightrope                                                                                    56

 

Michael Maine and the Demon of Youth                                       57

Alchemy                                                                                                59

Alchimie                                                                                               59

Summer on the Planet Mars                                                             60

Nun on the National Health                                                             61

 

Scenes from a Season of Foxhunting

  [I]  Freedom                                                                                      62

 [II] Fox Free                                                                                       62

[III] D’ye Ken?                                                                                    62

[IV] Seeing off the Llangeinor Hunt                                              63

 [V] Blessed be the Lawmakers                                                        63

 [VI] Freedom Revisited                                                                     63

 

Milwaukee Lady Makes Number Thirty-eight                             64

Meeting the East Hill Mob                                                               65

The Bottle Factory                                                                              66

Gawain the Goude                                                                              67

The Fat Lady’s Victory                                                                      68

Eleven-liner                                                                                          69

Let Them Eat Cake                                                                            70

Charley Bates                                                                                       71

Windowscape                                                                                       72

 

                Scenes from a Season in Malaysia

  [I] Fireflies, River Selangor                                                            73

  [II] Central Bus Station, Kuala Lumpur                                       73

 [III] Mudskippers                                                                              74

 

Twilight Owl                                                                                        75

Blue Treen Blues                                                                                 76

Farmer on a Scooter                                                                           77

Brynhyfryd                                                                                           78

Crow                                                                                                      79

Lunch in Bosnia                                                                                  80

Conger                                                                                                   82

Special Relationship Blues                                                               83

Charge of the Light Verse Brigade

The Charge of The Light Verse Brigade                                           8

Two-minute Feedback                                                                       10

Statistics                                                                                                11

Gothic Romance                                                                                  12

Zing-Zor, Glorious War                                                                    13

Politics                                                                                                  14

Christmas Limericks                                                                          15

Fred Fastbuck’s School of Writing                                                  16

Trials of Wife                                                                                       17

This be the Tribute                                                                             18

Myfanwy in the Pleasure Dome                                                       19

2002: A Space Fantasy                                                                      20

The Danielle Steele Guide to Infidelity                                          22

Is Rhyme a Crime?                                                                             23

With Apologies                                                                                    25

Notes on Contributors                                                                       26

Antivegetarianism                                                                              28

Chromosome Dancing                                                                      29

Evening Star                                                                                        30

Motorway Monster                                                                             31

Rough and Ready Roundel                                                               32

Question                                                                                               33

Intercity Blues                                                                                     34

In the Market of Old Aswan                                                              35

Not Gullible, but Grasping                                                               36

Regime Change: Spot the Difference                                             37

The Philosopher’s Hate Song                                                           38

Grade ‘C’ for Geography                                                                   39

Up With the Seagulls                                                                          40

Superman Returns                                                                              41

Not Sonnet 23                                                                                      43

Three Glasses of Sangiovese                                                             44

All the Talents                                                                                      45

The Great God Pan in Declining Years                                           46

Something Else                                                                                   47

The Serious Drinking Song                                                               48

An Ironic Sonnet                                                                                 49

Bankthink                                                                                             50

It’s Only a Game                                                                                  51

Single Entendre                                                                                   53

Lines on the British Summer                                                            54

Humpty Nursery Rhymes                                                                  55

Magic Words                                                                                        56

Sexually Shared Diseases                                                                   57

The Greatest Story Ever Filmed                                                       58

Giving Up                                                                                              59

How to Survive Junk Calls                                                                60

Shower Sharing Spider                                                                      61

Piccadilly                                                                                             62

Wind Folly Farm                                                                                63

The Three Sons                                                                                   64

Alternative Exit Strategies                                                                65

Food Processors                                                                                  66

Clichés are the New Clichés                                                              67

Climate Change Poem                                                                       68

Air Travellin’ Man                                                                              69

Personal Ads                                                                                        70

Shattered                                                                                              71

The Wangledongler                                                                            72

Ode to The Doggerel Bank                                                                73

At the Court of Queen Camilla                                                         74

Alphabet Group                                                                                   75

Noms de Plume                                                                                   78

Lyrics, Polemics  and Poetics

The Apple-Apple Pie Song                                                                  9

Sandcastles                                                                                           11

The Sworn-at Policemen                                                                   12

Condoleezza                                                                                         13

Twenty-nine is Here Again                                                               14

Decameron’s Legacy                                                                          15

Y Blodyn Pinc                                                                                      17

The Deficit Deceivers                                                                         18

Portaloo’s Sunset                                                                                19

The Battle Hymn of the Republicans                                             20

The Ballad of Robbin’ Hoodie                                                          21

Baghdad                                                                                               22

Pre-war, Post-war Blues                                                                   23

The ID of it                                                                                          24

Not the ‘T’ Word                                                                                 25

No Accounting for Expenses                                                           26

Speech Therapy Part One                                                                 27

Speech Therapy Part Two                                                                29

Nietzsche’s Children                                                                          31

Butterfly Haiku                                                                                   32

The Cwmwysg Poacher                                                                     33

Churchwarden                                                                                     37

Lust in the Arctic                                                                                38

North Downs                                                                                       39

Dalí                                                                                                        40

Ashes to Warm Blood                                                                        41

Lenin’s Tomb                                                                                      42

Pavement Triolet                                                                                43

NFR                                                                                                       44

Prayers at Sinaia Monastery                                                             45

Sacrilege                                                                                               46

Dobermann at Cwm Tudu                                                                47

Two After DH Lawrence                                                                   48

                Worm

                Moth

Dr Johnson’s Wet Dream                                                                 49

New Maps of Life                                                                               50

The Long Walk Gets Shorter                                                            51

The Baby’s Eyes                                                                                  52

Watching the Moon                                                                           53

In the Church at San Vicente de las Barqueras                            54

Stanley Milgram and Obedience to Authority                              55

Tinkinswood                                                                                        58

Comparative Religious Studies at Capel Pen-rhiw                      59

San Rocco in the Rain                                                                        60

Who is Dic Penderyn?                                                                        61

Tip-toeing Past Life                                                                           62

Counting the Nights                                                                          63

Neons in a Glass                                                                                 64

Forty Percent                                                                                      65

The Forgotten War                                                                             66

The Arab Spring                                                                                 67

Among the Believers                                                                          68

Portuguese Square                                                                              69

Boy on a Trampoline                                                                         70

1066 – A Lesson from History                                                         71

The Scream                                                                                          72

Insomnia                                                                                              73

Silent Jane                                                                                           74

Going to a Stranger’s Funeral                                                          75

Annals of the Poor                                                                              76

Country Comforts                                                                               77

Sitighuol                                                                                               78

Elder Statesman                                                                                  79

The Tyburn Tree                                                                                 80

Legally High                                                                                         81

Llan Illtud                                                                                             82

Eschatological Poem Number Two                                                 83

The Thief of Time                                                                               84

The First Time I Saw Paris                                                               85

Ferlinghetti-worship                                                                         86

Jew’s Row, SW18                                                                                87

Magpie                                                                                                  88

Small World                                                                                         89

Memory                                                                                                90

Corris                                                                                                    91

Ovid in Exile                                                                                       92

Mannikin                                                                                             93

Kwik-Fit Fitter                                                                                    94