I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world,
to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

Some of these poems are autobiographical, some are entirely fictional, and some are a mixture of both. The intention is art rather than self-expression. I don't allow factual details to get in the way of poetry! (I do seek emotional truth.) They are works in progress, and may be subject to revision without notice. Completed versions appear in my books. Nevertheless copyright applies to all texts found here. Copyright also applies to almost all photos posted here, most of which are my own, though a few are licensed under Creative Commons.
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29 February 2012

Cobwebs and flames: American Sentences Feb. 2012

Cobwebs and flames tattooed on his legs belie the calm look on his face.  15/2/12

My heart always lifts when I hit sea air; I grew up on an island.  17/2/12

Submitted Nov. 2013 for dVerse Meeting the Bar: American Sentences


  1. Ha, I understand your feelings about sea air!!!

  2. I am so missing sea air right now. Your poem took me there!

  3. I understand the second one - just moved off an island. Many joys there but obstacles as well. Liked these very much.

  4. ah sea air def does well for my spirit.
    it is intriguing what people choose for tattoes and to hear the stories behind them...i would totally be asking him about them...

  5. Cool tats sentence! Like this set.

  6. I love sea air..it is so refreshing brings a sense of calmness

  7. Ah, you've been doing these for a while.
    It's a great way of note-taking, whether or not one sticks to 17 syllables.
    And they make for nice reads as well.

  8. Very good. #1 raises questions that keep me thinking.

  9. Thanks, friends, for your kind comments!

  10. I would love some sea air in warm weather right now. Lovely :)