Cherry-Picking

pink cherry blossoms selective focus photo
Photo by LilacDragonfly on Pexels.com

 

Cherry-Picking

Some of them are white, of course,
Though all are pink round here.
They’re not the most impressive trees
Till all the blooms appear.
They blow their show in April,
All before their leaves take root –
Yet all of this confetti
Makes such neat and waxy fruit.

 

 

Gillingas

milepost
Milepost by Simon Harriyott

 

Gillingas

“First recorded as such c.698.  Origin: (settlement of) Gilla’s people, from Old English -ingas ˋpeople of’.”

Eight miles west of Charing Cross
And just to south of Hanger Hill,
Lived farming folk whose Saxon Boss
Is with us yet, through his old ville –
Now while our names are doomed for loss,
Gilla’s people linger still.

 

 

First Eight Lines of a Sonnet

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detail from the Chandos Portrait, possibly by John Taylor, possibly showing William Shakespeare

 

First Eight Lines of a Sonnet

I sometimes feel like life is just preamble,
All As and Bs and As and Bs forever –
There’s building-up of tension for the scramble,
But no antithesis can slip the tether.
Won’t someone blow the whistle on this shamble,
And get me underway in my endeavour ?
I long to find a volta, take a gamble,
But always must await a break in weather…