Each month I will feature a poem on this page – from new and established writers, carrying on the tradition from the Diamond Twig website – you can read some from the archive here Diamond Twig Press
Advice for my Daughters
Don’t believe the first things,
don’t believe the last things,
believe what you see.
Don’t sit too close to drains
or spend too long at a stove.
Always know where the exit is.
Don’t store too much.
Know what to give away.
Hold as much as you can carry.
If you have children give them magic,
soft songs, a coin under a pillow,
but don’t give them everything.
Sleep in good linen, enjoy the smell of lemon,
breathe deeply, dream deeply,
if you don’t know what to do, do something.
Don’t diet, or be a martyr.
Life is suffering, but you are lucky
so you might as well be happy.
from Indelible, Miraculous, Arc publications
Going to the Pictures with Cliff Richard
First film I ever saw. I was nine, and had been
Envious for ages, hearing others talk of
Usherettes, the ABC Minors, ice cream tubs
With wooden spoons. At last, Mam took us
To the Coliseum Whitley Bay, pitch dark inside
In daytime, prickly seats, to ‘Summer Holiday’.
Cliff sang on a double-decker bus abroad
In dazzling colours after television’s greys.
Dolly Mixture-pretty frocks, summery shirts,
The boys and girls looked very neat and clean
Although there were no grown-ups there. This
May be why my mother found it ‘suitable’
Even for my brother, who was younger (so unfair.)
She used to tell us there were some poor children
Whose mams and dads would ‘get rid of them’ by
‘Sending them to the Pictures with half a crown
For sweets’ instead of giving them their time
And love. Well-supplied with both, now even more
I secretly yearned for some Technicolour neglect.
Valerie is a poet, crime novelist, playwright, science-poetry installation
artist often working with pathologists and neuroscientists,
and a mathematician/physicist.
Her thirteen books include four poetry collections.
World-infamous for spray-painting poetry on sheep.
I wandered lonely as a 1lb of potatoes, 2lbs onions, sprouts, bread,
My love is like a red, red rose, and don’t forget
Phone School, cancel milk Friday, write – Susan
Send dad’s birthday card
To be or not to be
collecting kids from school today and
remember John to dentist 5.00
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness
Sylvia 221 2341
dentist 273 6617
Sylvia 9.30 Dog and Parrot
Who is Sylvia? what is she…?
J.Smith, John Smith, John H. Smith, John Harold Smith,
Hi, JH here…
John, have you been using my writing pad again?
Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble
Onions, sprouts and kids from school
Onions, sprouts, kids from school
Silver dentist, dog and parrot,
write milk, cancel carrot,
kids from school and birthday card
Tell me, why is writing hard?