Ethnographic Reflection on Praying the Rosary

 Background I have been attending St Matthews Carver Street at the evening (6 pm) Mass. I suspect it is done partly as it gives a time the priest can be quite contemplative while praying the Mass and partly so members of St Matthew’s Carver Street who cannot make the morning Mass have another opportunity. Whatever… Continue reading Ethnographic Reflection on Praying the Rosary

Jack the Hunter

As the swallows gather on telephone wires I wake out of my summer slumber and start to trace the lines of the breeze while I drift among the trees cupping the leaves within my hands I  breathing on them turning this one red and that one yellow they remain a while glowing in autumn sun… Continue reading Jack the Hunter

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South Rhins

I turn south at the isthmus and move into the fog-laden peninsula as I approach scavenging rooks rise from roadkill carcass trees grasp overhead as the road clambers onto the ridge the curlews call from below along the rock-strewn shoreline while in single road villages fuchsias flower on flat-topped walls sparrow crowds cling feeding on… Continue reading South Rhins

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List Making

In the time that does not exist between me getting in and having to be out I am planning a list of jobs that I will postpone. This poem I published in  “Scissors, Paper, Shadow, Stone” a collection of prose and poetry from Broomspring Writers in 2012

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Shrove Tide

Between the lighting of a candle and the beating of batter, at the barren bound time when the cold iron air hits the hard flint earth a spark is created that will light the spring fire of the coming year. This poem I published in  “Everything Looks Green From Here” a collection of prose and… Continue reading Shrove Tide

Ice Ages

Sprite child on sighting snow dances with delight at a miracle not seen before each precious flake hoarded to build an eight inch snowman Students delight in time out of school, vying to build the best igloo or using compressed handfuls in their own power struggles Adult involved in balancing complex priorities, choosing between the… Continue reading Ice Ages

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Deer

Seaward driven by winter’s hunger twig thieving from a barren hedge our headlights capture you a frightened harbinger of snow. I published  a different version of this poem in  “Everything Looks Green From Here” a collection of prose and poetry from Broomspring Writers in 2010

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Winter in the Park

It was cold when I set out the sort of cold where the air feels dry as the moisture freezes The park fenced around by shadowed black railings kept no one in the remains of a forgotten hedge did not stir to the fluster of small birds nor children call to their parents from the… Continue reading Winter in the Park

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First thoughts on Inclusion in the Civic Culture

Amartya Sen, somewhere in Development as  Freedom, describes a ladder of inclusion in institutions. At the lowest levels are the excluded who are outcasts from the institution and cannot access it.  The first level of inclusion is when you have access but nothing more. The second when you are informed about changes although you have… Continue reading First thoughts on Inclusion in the Civic Culture