Author Archives: Nick

Quiet Days

Let’s face it, quiet days are not my default choice of a way to spend a day. However, forcing myself to attend such a day does me good and I always come away feeling better for it.  Such were my feelings about attending the most recent Bishop’s Quiet day in Exeter Cathedral. Texts from Genesis […]

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Out of Life

A Poem for Post-Christmas Sales Out of life Yellow stickers Still fresh in my mind With trolleys tangled To scrum for waste: Yesterday’s dream dessert. Yoghurt again (Today its life expires) Sits waiting the black sack Or anxious hands To save it O happy aisle With such treasure: Poor as I am Banks of food […]

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Vanishing point – my biker friends will understand.

Vanishing Point   I talked of gravel, manholes, lids and rain. While he sipped coffee Speechless. Listening.   I boasted of endless rides, of sweeping corners, knee down. While he smiled slowly Motionless. Thinking.   I showed my gear, my leathers, boots and gloves While he stared out of the café window Contemplating the road. […]

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A Hymn in response to the bickering US Presidential Campaign.

What me? Change the world? No, change me first! Give us eyes to see Prayer in action calls us forth To be more like Thee.   Stop the War? No, calm me first! Give us ears to hear Inner voices that seek peace Bringing that Day near.   Stop the Hate? No, start with me! […]

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Devon Harvest Hymn

I was given a challenge last night at a Michaelmas Evensong to write a new hymn for harvest so this morning I sat down and gave it a go. Harvest in other parts of the country may differ but, having taken the dogs for a walk this morning and watched small gatherings of Meadow Pipits […]

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Church Opening

Church Opening The Sunlight flickers, casting discernment Through the ancient oaken half opened door. A cumulus cluster cancels chances Of brightness reaching to the nave once more.   The stale air of centuries lingers on Begrudging the open door, the new breeze Battling the fug of dull, dying decay Where languid lotus eaters lay, at […]

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Spring is in the air…well on the gorse

I am sure about the Stonechat. Not so sure about whether it is Wood Warbler or a Willow Warbler? Even more doubtful about a Meadow Pipit? Finally… I think this is a skylark…but maybe not…  

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Spring Bank Holiday

Now is the month of Maying… I wish someone had told the weather….

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Haiku for a forest

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Walkhampton 30 December 2015


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