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Poetry Friday- Poetry of Presence

This week I have been enthusiastically embracing the writing of Poems of Presence. Short poems, written daily, to celebrate my conscious thoughts and observations. It involves close reading of the world surrounding me. Noting thought and feeling. I have found this writing exercise has certainly made me more acutely reflective, more responsive. As I walk each morning, thoughts swirl round in my head jostling for position. When I return home, I rush to my notebook in eager anticipation of the jotting down of heightened thought. I am a well prepped poet. Here are  some of this week's notebook gatherings...

My suspicions
grow by the day for...
Door handles,
And populist politicians.
They are my push button issues
To be avoided like,
-the plague!

All the worlds I live in
All the worlds I see
Won’t fit into one mouthful
When words spill out of me
That emerge with spark and flame
Sometimes they’re words of fire
My worlds are not the same.
Sometimes they’re gentle whispers

A late afternoon walk
With my wife
And two enthusiastic dogs
Makes me grateful
For the company, the exercise
And the jacket I grabbed
As we left the house.

Forgive me for not 
Leaping from lockdown
Enthused by the easing
Of restrictions 
Neither a borrower
My mother
Always said
- or something like that.
Nor a lemming be

Notebook time
When thoughts are pondered
Ideas considered
Possibilities entertained.             
Then the word catching begins
-Fragments and phrases emerge
Nestling gently upon the lines
Clicking into place
Like jigsaw pieces.
Poetry flows from this. 


  1. I've enjoyed reading your mindfulness poems on Twitter, Alan! I think my favorite of these is "Notebook time". I hope you will post one or two of your poems this month on the padlet where the #PoemsofPresence hashtag originated. Here's a link to Margaret's interview (with the padlet): . And here's a direct link to the padlet:

    1. Thank you Michelle. Glad you are enjoying those poems of presence. I have been enjoying it as a conscious prompt to my daily writing. I will definitely follow up your link. Notebook time is a favourite of mine too, I must admit.

  2. Thanks for sharing these, Alan. I think the fourth poem is my favorite -- can't resist that lemming (only too true). Much to ponder these days.

    1. Thank you Jama. There is indeed much to ponder right now, and for the foreseeable future as well, I suspect. The lemming reference was too good to resist...

  3. I've enjoyed reading your poems on twitter, too, Alan, & have missed some of these, so I'm glad you shared again. I love the idea of "word catching", what I am doing too as I walk and know I can share that day. I'm glad your mother taught you about lemmings!

    1. Thank you for your remarks Linda. Even though we are living in opposite hemispheres, we are embracing similar patterns in our daily lives. There is comfort in that knowledge. My mum was a good soul, and a good teacher...

  4. I enjoyed reading these. “Word catching” swoon

    1. Jone, I'm pleased reading my little poem delivered enjoyment. Thanks for dropping by.

  5. I've enjoyed reading your poems on Twitter, and I agree that this stance of PRESENCE has been helpful in keeping my writing flowing!

  6. Thanks for sharing your poems, Alan. I enjoyed them all!

  7. A lovely journey through your observations Alan, I love the jigsaw analogy in Notebook Time. So very true.

    1. Thanks Sally. I have been watching my wife devoting hours to jigsaws in recent times and witnessed the joy that erupts when a piece finally fits into a gap. As a poet, I knew that feeling.

  8. These are wonderful, Alan. I hadn't caught them all on Twitter, so was glad to see them grouped here. I'm especially fond of "Notebook Time" and of your mention of lemmings. Stay well!

    1. Glad you enjoyed the reading Molly. The two poems you mention appear to be the ones generating the most responses. It's always interesting to note the reception certain pieces receive. Wishing you safe times too.

  9. Alan, I also have been reading your poems on Twitter. I liked your thoughts at this site, especially the ending lines and this set of thoughts:
    -Fragments and phrases emerge
    Nestling gently upon the lines
    Clicking into place
    Like jigsaw pieces.
    Would you like to share an image poem for my gallery: #NatureNurtures2020? I have info at my PF post:


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