Friday, 23 February 2018

It Doesn't Take Much!

Help! This cold makes my brain ache
Chilled to the bone each breath I take
Surely there is some mistake
Bad thermostat?
The Weathermen our ears assail
With another cold snap down the trail
This February frosts prevail
How we hate that!

Early mists o'er meadows lie
The wind is sharp, tears in my eye
OK, a few hours of clear sky
As from midday
Without gloves, hands go sapphire blue
Many friends have got the 'flu
Their motivation all shot through
"Stay home" I say.

But then a bird comes swooping past
Perhaps on a nest-seeking task
And I hear his cheery song at last
Next to my ear
I look around – Wow! Not a cloud
In Belgium is such blue allowed?
So there are times when I am proud
That I live here!

(c) Poet in the woods 2018

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The Reptile, the Mouse and the Monkey!

It seems three «creatures» rule our mind
Neurosciences define
Our lusts, desires and quest for joy
As an 'instant satisfaction' ploy.

The Reptile mind fears an attack
Keeps watch on us and holds us back
While the Mouse is always after cheese
And grabs at everything he sees -

Whether beer, wine, chocolate or food
The Mouse is always in the mood
He's indulgent, greedy, unrestrained
And doesn't think of weight he's gained.

Which leaves the Monkey, much neglected
Who thinks more long term, is directed
To peace of mind, a tad more wise
Contentment in another guise!

The battle's joined when we are born
We're unaware of mental storm
The human mind hears many voices
How many contemplate their choices?

(c) Poet in the woods 2018

Inspiration: RTBF La Première: Pierre Portevin "Osez, ça change tout"

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Clinging On

How hard to find a subject new
I cast my net out for a clue
What event will catch my eye?
The Olympics hurtle swiftly by.

But sadly, sport is not my bag
What fun with football's to be had?
I might as well declare my hand
With politics my flame is fanned!

Donald and Russians in the news
Maelstrom of conflicting views
More gun violence in a school
Prayers and not a change of rule.

South Africa where Zuma's reign
Is over – sunshine after rain?
Corruption everywhere is rife
And the plight of migrants – what price life?

Whom can we look to and admire?
High hopes crushed, dragged in the mire
Have we reached the end of tethered rope?
Pandora's box holds one gift – hope ...

(c) Poet in the woods 2018

Jacob Zuma resigned 15th Feb, 2018
Winter Olympics at Pyeong Chang, South Korea 9-25 Feb, 2018

Friday, 16 February 2018

Feeling Mellow!

When the sun peeps out, my mood improves
It's one of Nature's finest moves
The shadows form along the tiles
And my view extends for miles.

Living right by woodland edge
In an enclave, verdant wedge
Melodious birdsong is a joy
Conversely, yapping dogs annoy!

The green belt starts outside my door
Fir trees harbour birds that caw
Pert wood anemones, petite
Under tired bracken peep.

In a neighbour's garden - yellow thrills
A splash of Wordsworth's «Daffodils»
As Nature offers great displays
To those with time to stop and gaze ...

(c) Poet in the woods 2018

William Wordsworth's most famous poem "The Daffodils" was written in 1802.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

My Street in Winter

My street’s the icing on the cake
Smoothly fashioned, pristine white
With wind that whips it into shape
As Jack Frost sculpts it overnight.

But who will see this work of art
In all its glory thus spread out?
Before the dawn dispels the dark
Dogs, men and gritters have gone out.

As in the hymn this silent night
Where heavy clouds shield us from stars
Recalls to mind that ancient light
That shone on distant worlds from ours.

But human kind is never still
Cars soon rev in angry mood
Commuters slip slide down the hill
As many on this scene intrude.

Who stops to marvel at this sight
The beauty of a cleaned up slate?
None but this poet stunned by white
Who pens these words by breakfast plate...

(c) Poet in the woods 2018

Believe - Act - Succeed!

It's not just football that needs goals
We all need aims, or life unfolds
In a haphazard, pointless way;
So what will you achieve today?

Let's say you focus on a dream
However distant it may seem
Positive thoughts change how you see
And perception of your goal will be

As if by magic within sight;
Will power sets your heart alight!
All obstacles will melt away
Belief in self once found, will stay.

Write down on a piece of card
One thing you want – it isn't hard
Keep it by you and re-read
It's like the planting of a seed.

Each day you watch it, it will grow
You'll reap the wished-for thoughts you sow
Your brain, emboldened, comes on stream
Hey presto! You'll fulfil your dream!

(c) Poet in the woods 2018

See "32 minutes that will change your life" 1956 broadcast
by motivational speaker Earl Nightingale (1921-1989)

Friday, 9 February 2018

Isabella meets Granny Pam!

Lucky Isabella blessed with two
Loving Grannies, proud and true;
Pam recovers from long flight
Overjoyed to hold her tight!

Long trek from India – here at last
Pam sets about her pleasant task
The little family grows apace;
Thomas's coverted first place

Has been snatched (in the nicest way)
As Isabella now holds sway.
Too young to appreciate
Her role as princess, which is great!

The sofa seems an ideal place
For all parties to touch base.
In no time they create a bond
Invisible but warm and fond!

(c) Poet in the woods 2018