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!



​In the darkness of the night

​You feel the darkness of the land

​It reaches out to take a hold

with twisted nails on twisted hands


It slivers under children's beds

picks up axes from garden sheds

plants them firmly in peoples heads

​fills the town up with dread 


​It has eyes of fire

Black leathery skin

It has soul 

no heart within


​It knows just who it has to pick

It knows the truth

So run real quick

run and run until you're sick!


​It loves when October comes around

​for Halloween is hallowed ground

​It tastes the evil in the air

Every year we put it there


​when Halloween is over 

it goes to sleep

​for another year

​until it reaps!




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