Tower viewer looking out to sea. Photo by Drew Graham on unsplash.comfour eyes
looking out to sea
a longing to be out there
in which direction? so much choice
leaving home, family, friends
to a far off place I do not know
what will I find there?
(when) can I return?
so many questions to ponder

tick, tick, tick
money ran out
Back to Reality

Writing exercise from the FutureLearn How To Make A Poem MOOC (respond to a photo)

Glasgow, 20 June 2018

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a ‘Found Poem’ assignment from the FutureLearn How To Make A Poem MOOC.
It is a mashup of texts from 10 sources: SEUKNHS ScotlandSSEFaith in Community ScotlandHigh Rise BakersSpoonMaplinSigma Xi, SQLGLA, and Friends of Southern Necropolis.

Glasgow, 4 June 2018

 

On the Eighth Day of Pesach I still had left to eat:

Eight ounces charoses
Seven tablespoons chrain (white)
Six pickled gherkins
Five free range eggs (2 hardboiled, 3 uncooked)
Four gefilte fish pieces
Three boxes matzo (1 Rakusens, 2 Yehuda)
Two matzo balls (in chicken soup)
And a box of mint chocolate thins!

This truly was the remains of my Pesach food—at the end of the holiday on Saturday evening.
Disclaimer: a few numbers may have been adjusted (but only slightly!) to fit the story 🙂

Glasgow, 7 April 2018

I haven’t published any poems for some time, so I thought I’d share the following for #WorldPoetryDay.

These were written at the “Creativity with the Spirit” evening (13 Nov 2017) during Scottish Interfaith Week. They don’t follow a traditional Japanese 5-7-5 syllable structure (this departure is apparently quite common nowadays). “On the Spot”, as all six were written in the course of about 20 minutes, with no further editing.

flakes in the air
first snowfall
or volcanic eruption

mist in the air
forgot the brolly
up goes the hood

autumn morn
the Clyde like glass
leaf falling on water

springtime here
still bundled up
where are the blooms?

Saturday morn
lie-in expected
binmen disrupt

Shabbat morn on the bus
yet on the streets
life goes on

Glasgow, 21 March 2018

Beebee blanket - Essence of a Memory competition entry

For half a century they’ve provided comfort to family
Mine, the first of how many blankets? Only God knows
Sitting on your bed, knitting squares (117)
Family time in the living room, arranging squares to be assembled
You’ve been gone many years, yet memories remain in your handiwork

winning entry to Essence of a Memory competition, Scotland, October 2016

Glasgow, 9 November 2016


A lively knees-up, with a lot of mishmash
Brash, trash, clash, gnash, splash, and a whole lotta flash!

Perhaps a bit sottish? It was very Scottish
Did anyone vet it? Non-Scots wouldn’t get it

Starting off with a trip by a warbling Barrow man
in tacky heather suit, atop tartan tourist van

Clichés galore, and whisky, what’s more
Tartans, bagpipes and golf—did someone cry ‘Fore!’?

Teacakes in foil, plus crooning by Boyle
Glasgow kiss redefined, prejudice left behind

Forth Bridge supported by the national drink
Not amber, but orange (just have a think)

Nessie and Dolly, those heavenly creatures
Just two of the wonders our bonnie land features

Duke of Wellington sporting his cone
Finally! Council this does condone

Athletes’ parade, with mascots in tweed
With each delegation did a wee dug precede
And last, but not least, the Scots in their tartan
Despite the carfuffle, they did look quite smart in
their kilts and their shawls (perhaps a bit loud?)
Yet what’s not to like, they do us all proud!

McGregor and comrades, the ones who persuade
to put children first, in sync we can aid
by texting a fiver, UNICEF can provide
vital help for all bairns Commonwealth wide

Big Yin offers tribute to the great Mandela
Freedom of the City did we give to that fella
Followed by South African singing with flair
Scots’ call for a society multiracial and fair

Prince Imran confused, the Queen not amused?
Baton freed by Hoy, to Her Majesty’s joy

Fireworks to follow, all around the Clyde
With nary a blowdown, preserving Glasgow’s pride

Reviews that came after included the following
Yet we’ve not the time for self-pity wallowing
‘kitsch’, ‘awful’, ‘energetic’, ‘colourful’ and ‘brilliant’
Just goes to show that the Scots are resilient

To borrow some lines from Karen‘s review
I couldn’t fit in all that I wanted to
Just ran out of time (and space), so skipped out a few
The people of Scotland–indeed, just like you!

Ab Fab event, eleven days to excite
Welcome to Glasgow, and have a good night!

from Glasgow via Aalborg, den 23. juli 2014

Baked cheesecake with raspberries and blueberries

Photo by zingyyellow

To the tune of ’Cheesecake’ (Teo, 2014)
Must be sung and danced for maximal gratification


Yum, bubbeleh

Once you got a place to bake
You showed me cake
But I’m no Escoffier
You’re no Ju-li-a Child

So here’s my story
Starts in a blaze of glory
I hit a blissful state
When you made me my own cheesecake

But

I don’t wanna be your taster when you bake
I’m not gonna eat your strudel, big mistake
I look over all the recipes you could make
And all I want is your sweet cheesecake

I don’t wanna be your lab rat when you bake
I’m not gonna eat your babka, makes me ache
I look over all the sweets I could partake
And all I want is your sweet cheesecake

Oy vey
Doo doo doo doo doo doo
Ay-yay ay-yay

Hey, I will stay close at hand
Just don’t demand
It wasn’t ever this way planned
My belly to expand

You’ll just start grumbling
When your crust’s crumbling
You want only a ‘yes’ man
I’ll never just agree

I don’t wanna be your subject when you bake
I’m not gonna eat your rugelach, big mistake
I look over all the recipes you could make
And all I want is your sweet cheesecake

I don’t wanna be your guinea pig when you bake
I’m not gonna eat your mandelbrot, makes me ache
I look over all the sweets I could partake
And all I want is your sweet cheesecake

Oy vey
Doo doo doo doo doo doo
Ay-yay ay-yay

I don’t want to be your trifle
I don’t want to feel so stifled
Oy, oy

I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna be your trifle
I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna feel so stifled, bubbe
Oy…

I don’t wanna
I’m not gonna eat your blintzes, big mistake
I look over all the recipes you could make
And all I want is your sweet cheesecake

I don’t wanna be your testee when you bake
I’m not gonna eat your kichel, makes me ache
I look over all the sweets I could partake
And all I want is your sweet cheesecake

I don’t wanna
(Cheesecake)
I’m not gonna be your trifle
I look over all the recipes you could make
And all I want is your sweet cheesecake

I don’t wanna be your victim when you bake
I’m not gonna eat your hamantasch, makes me ache
I look over all the sweets I could partake
And all I want is your sweet cheesecake

Mwah!

Aalborg, den 6. sivan 5774

Photo by Glaux

4:15 am: the Grinch is awoken
Shouting he hears, but what’s being spoken?

He peers out the window, below he espies
a band of young people, through his bleary eyes.

Students out carousing all night
completed their schooling, their caps all in white.
Sauntering down the middle of Strandvejen
(for those not local: a path death-defying!).

A cap goes a-flying, its owner oblivious
lying on pavement, it won’t remain niveous.

The Grinch makes a smirk; “Serves you right”, he believes
“One reaps what one sows, you sleep-stealing thieves!”

(Yet–in truth, he’s not certain a cap did go missing
but allow him some licence for this little dissing).

from Aalborg

The Grinch went out, with cap in hand
He saw some friends upon the strand
Got very wet; to home adjourned
Upon arrival the sun returned
(briefly) 😡

His cap gone missing, umbrella was busted
Ten days of rain, if forecast is trusted
Homebound he’ll be till the weather does break
Unless DMI did make a mistake.
(often) 😳

Resolved to search along the strand
The cap was found where it did land!
Many had passed, but none did grab it
’cause trusting is a Danish habit.
Crisis averted! 🙂

at Aalborg Regatta 2013
updated with additional verses 15. oktober 2013

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