Queen Mary’s Rose Garden

Tall gold-tipped gates part like
a story-book, to Sunday fairytales.
A family walks down the royal path,
through a pergola where pink roses climb.
The father cuts one for the eldest child

who takes it carefully, as if it is
an ice cream or one of the queen’s
own jewels – intoxicated by the scent
of petals oxidising in the heat
and her perspiring hand.

Back home, the walls bear witness
to the war waged in the names
of Clapton or Hendrix as God,
between a stunted crop of swastikas.
The girl lifts her creased souvenir

before her like an easter candle
wrapped in tulle and satin bows,
as she ascends the iron stairs;
until the shit and drought baked streets
yield to a rosy sunset shot with pink.

I'm really pleased my poem about growing up in London in the 70's has been accepted for inclusion in a forthcoming anthology called  'Around the World: Landscapes & Cityscapes.' Thanks to Steve Carr, from Sweetycatpress.

Places of Poetry anthology

I’m thrilled to announce The Places of Poetry anthology, edited by Andrew McRae and Paul Farley will be launched on 1st October, National Poetry Day 2020.

My poem Crows was inspired by Haslam Park in Lancashire; and by my experiences of otherness and of somehow not belonging. This is why for me at least, it is especially meaningful to have been invited to participate in this wonderful project and event.

I hope you join us for the launch, tickets are free – see you there!