All Alone

A Poignant Picture
(An Elfje)

Seated
all alone
in the chapel.
Her beloved consort's funeral.
Majesty.
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This is my last contribution to the Poetry Group’s Platinum Jubilee Collection. It recalls the iconic image of the Queen at the Duke of Edinburgh’s low-key funeral, held under COVID restriction at St George’s Chapel, Windsor on 3rd June 2021.

When you read this I will be away at the Tandem Club National Rally, which is going to be rather a challenge with my arm in plaster! The boss is also taking a solo bike in case I can’t cope with cycling every day, even on the back of a tandem. All being well I’ll be back next week.

Tears

Tears
fall from
cloud covered sky.
The world grieves for
Ukraine.

Hidden

Robin
singing merrily
in holly tree,
hidden among the branches.
Evensong.

Forest

New Forest Ponies
Ponies,
cattle and 
deer wander freely
among the New Forest
trees.

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My apologies; the photo is a little out of focus as I had to zoom in quite a long way. I didn’t want to risk going any closer as there were foals with them and I might have upset them or driven them away.

Bumble Bee

Dead
bumble bee,
no obvious reason,
on our picnic table.
Sad.

If Only

If
only I
had green fingers,
then my garden would
flourish.

Inside

Winter
still bites,
cold outside today.
I’ll stay inside, keeping
warm.

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We did go out for a bike ride this morning, on the tandem, but it was cold. I haven’t felt warm since we got back – not until I put on an extra layer of clothing! The sun came through for a brief visit but with no warmth in it. We are forecast a cold week; Spring is in a slight retreat despite more blossom and daffodils in evidence.

Biting Back

Winter
bites back.
No sun today,
sky overcast and grey.
Cold.

Nest Box

New
nest box
in the garden.
So far no birds
interested!

Close Encounters

Close
encounters of
the lorry kind
out on our bikes
today!

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It is amazing how many drivers just do not get the message – today it was a lorry driver but we often have the problem with cars as well. When will they learn closes passes are not acceptable, the requirement is to leave a 1.5 meter space. It’s not as if anything was coming the other way to cause a problem, and if there had been then the overtaking driver should wait until safe to pass.

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