Throwing the dice

I

They say that cats are lucky

They say they’ll always thrive

They say they’re just like humans

with character and drive

one thing they don’t tell you

you’re happy to be alive

II

Playing cards with the reaper

as if you have the time

listening to the clock hand

or even the bells chime

wasting your life in a worry

should be considered a crime

III

Getting out when you can get about

Watching the dice as they land

Trying to avoid disappointment

if results are not what you planned

filling a space and enjoying it

and appreciated ? Grand!

New Year, New Day

The first post of 2021.

New year in colour – Big Ben at Midnight, splash of colour by inky

I

The hour past

The bells chimed

One year confined to the history books

One year to look forward to

II

Late Nights

Laced with wine, food, drinking and song

Leads to a long nap under the duvet

Lying in on the downward strait to twelth night

III

Promises made – Resolutions

in changing and interesting times

enjoying a feast at the first day of the year, while

some prepare, to head out for bargains

Getting Out

#Travel #Worship #Places

Salford 6th December 2020

Woke up at the crack of dawn this morning, to do something i do nearly every Sunday

Go to Mass

It’s the start of the church year – Advent, but nobody thought about worship when the restrictions (about Covid-19) kicked in

I’m now part of the Cathedral Parish (even though they took the name of my old Parish, when amalgamation was made)

And while the Covid Bug has been about, i’ve done most of mass over the internet…..but not today.

So Mask on , and navigating the subway, i cross two postcode boundaries on my way to church….and walking down the Manchester Feeder road (the crescent / chapel st) that passes the local university.

Eagle eye flicking back and forth towards my timepiece

Covid means a change to things, masks , cleaning hands and stewards on every corner of the walkways….No sharing of benches – unless they’re in my bubble. The Mask stays on throughout. One thing though – some things seem shorter….the offertory is by the altar…sign of peace not done

and after mass – leaving church without socialising

Time Travelling Tourist

#Promptuarium

Taking a look at the airport departure board

often a dilemma for the most seasoned traveller

unless of course you’re waiting for the right moment

rolling up for the open portal

in time to land at your destination

soft white sands and warm summer waters

taken in the blink of an eye

Last Glow

Last Glow of a Spring night (Image: B.F Kirkham)

Salford 24th May 2020


Spring is making a path for Summer

passing a baton to warmer times and

rallying the last bit of light from the evening

it may be late – but the moon hasn’t shown in

northern skies just yet – the sun is

glowing just enough to keep a blueness in the sky

Monday

Salford, April 27 2020

Where did the weekend go ?

start of a week in a time of lockdown

quarter to seven – even the resident birds are still sleeping

a new feathered friend flies past the window

he mustn’t have got the memo

Right about now

Ra is popping his head up over the horizon

painting colours on the waterside

The hour draws closer

and I can hear the rumble of traffic

of essential workers

on the busiest road in the country

occasionally stopping

for petrol or snacks

at the metro mart

Auntie beat them all to the charge

Breakfast telly started an hour ago.