Chandelier reflections

I’ve had my second book signing today and while I was waiting I wrote a poem about the atmosphere and the arena of it all. I was there with the kindness of Sarah Stokes who said I could come along to her Art Show and set up a table. Thank you.

Chandelier reflections
echo their light
upon the distant window
as polished floors
soak up their warmth

This nervous poet shivers a little
; there is a chill in the air
as the open doors
allow the oncoming winter’s breath
to seep into his toes
and up to his pen-holding fingers

Laughter from the room beyond
warms him as watercolour moments
are re-painted upon the eyes and minds
of the viewing public

His hat rests behind him above his scarf
calling to be worn
as a headache looms in the shadows …
yet
see here
he is now within the laughter and watercolours
where a mulled wine is offered
and gratefully accepted

Creaking floorboards
echo their weight
upon the footfalls and smiles
as sunlit art
soaks up the atmosphere

This nervous poet
shivers a little …

And now a little later in the afternoon I looked around and something stirred; it was my pen again and so I began to write haiku for the paintings.

Sarah is an extraordinarily gifted lady whose watercolours are … well, see for yourself

Owl flight splashes bold
upon a canvas of pure
Graceful & Silent

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Alert green-eyed stare
feline beauty, pounce ready
Anticipation

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Wolf, ripped from the wild
snows of imagination
Hungry for your touch

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Red-breasted eye sees
from its unblinking vision
Depth of painted soul

Robin

Strutting proud and loud
tail feathers erect, sublime
Dancing dusts of life

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Golden eyes, rivet
your attention from the dark
Windswept & Coal-faced

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Kisses from a child
upon equine’s mighty head
A moment of trust

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Watchful ears, raised in
personified readiness
Twitching whiskers, taste

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He looks up and waits
with love in his eager eyes
Spirit of friendship

Baxter

Swimming through the white
golden scales wing through the blue
An apparition

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Please do visit Sarah’s website and her Facebook page

All images are copyright Sarah Stokes (c) 2013

My first book signing event!

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Well, how about this!

I’m a cleaner at Tettenhall College and yesterday I had a total surprise. I was asked by a work mate if I would sign a copy of my book for him. He wanted a photo of the occasion and asked if I could do it in the library as it would be a good setting.

Well, when I got there they had a table set up with this waiting for me!

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Gobsmacked!

Now I was already a little scared or worried about signing because I’d never done something like that before but to have this appear before me was like AAAAAAAAAAGGGGHHHHHHH! But in a nice scary exciting way 😀

It all went rather well but I must say my signature started nice then slowly got all wonky and then totally shot with nerves ha ha! But I thoroughly enjoyed it as you can see from these photographs of pupils, teachers, librarians and the headmaster 🙂

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So how about that!!!

😀

(The majority of the photos here were taken by my mate and photographer Lee Lawton)