Sonnet No 1

I started reading a short guide book to writing poetry and was pleased I did when I learned something new very quickly. A little further into it I encountered sonnets. Having never written one before, I thought I would have a try.

The Yellow Sky

The chimney vibrates like an organ pipe

Whistling it’s overfamiliar tune

A howl one octave lower fills the hearth

Recalling when this clangor was absent

An increasingly untenable task

My mournful eye scans new decimation

Seedlings nurtured virtually cosseted

Lie pale, limp and torn in their adult bed

Scourged by a mounting annual occurrence

This cruel trick of nature’s false dawn of spring

Fallacious sign to end hibernation

Punishing welcome to life in the nest

Have faith! Storms will out and the fledglings flee

And tenacious blooms will invite the bee.

Ralph 25/5/21

Garden Day Uk: Picture and Poem

Apparently this is today 9 May 2021

Slightly overlooked as it is also Liberation Day in the Channel Islands

St Peter Port Guernsey, photographed by me from the ferry

I thought I’d share the following

Firstly, this plant that originally came from one that I bought about 20 years ago from a garden centre. It was in the bargain rack as it was on its last legs. It has successfully self seeded over and over again to produce this rewarding display. Geranium Maderense.

Secondly, a poem

Horticultural Paradox

So carefully tended from day one

Sown at the given measure

Resplendence anticipated

Perfumatory pleasure

Precisely irrigated

Environment sustained

Nourishment by phosphates

Support by bamboo canes

Thinned out periodically

Pinched out just the once

Attentions well rewarded

Pick bunch after bunch

Still I remain astounded

When neglecting all their needs

There’s a healthy representation

Of a variety of weeds

Ralph 9 May 2021

First Haiku

Had a bit of time this evening so looked into writing Haiku

Here’s my first 3 attempts all based on what’s going on in my garden


Seed truly buried

Surface monitored and wet

Sadly no result

The Sentry

Silent bird no more

Garden predator arrives

Sound out the warning

Old faithful


Self seeding relentlessness

Untended wonders