At the start of the year the universe was calling me to write a new set of poems. I let the ideas that I had sit with me for a while and then I set about writing out what would be the storyline into what the poems would fit. It seemed the work would involve written set pieces and poetry. I was all set to go and then...... THE WORLD SEEMED TO GO CRAZY! It became clear to me that I was not being called to write out MY idea but that I needed to report on what was happening in the world and how it was making me feel.

the BLACK dog is a term used to describe depression and it a dark dog. As I started this work we are in a very dark, depressing time in the world and I had to reflect on that. So this is me, the Dark dog, barking back at the world! This is very much a live piece of work as we turn through this year. I also have my reflections in here, on my own thoughts, feelings and life. This is my heart open and my soul on show for anyone to see. It is me being brave, I hope you enjoy!




Flowers crushed on the battlefield

beauty crushed under foot

blood seeping into the Earth

she wants water, not D.N.A


Young men and older

The good man, the soldier 

woman who fight on the line

A fight so that the world can sleep


Can I justify any war?

Can I see it from both sides?

Can I long for a peace?

That I know will never come


Flowers dead with the young men

Mothers awaiting the news

Sister and brothers

tell me they died for WHO?


Crushed petals in red

footprint and mud

On a battlefield

The memory of us



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