Writings and Witterings


Turkish Delight

An ekphrasic poem, written to the delightful painting by Bob Addy as part of the Droitwich Arts Network event in 2018. Many thanks to Bob for the image and to Nina Lewis for organising the poets attending the event.

Turkish Dancer - Bob Addy

‘Turkish Dancer’ with acknowledgement and thanks to Bob Addy

Turkish Delight

Like a whirling dervish,
lost in the power of dance,
exuberance defined
by movement to music,
alizarine, paynes grey, vermilion, green gold,
heard or unheard
song of the soul,
rhythm in the whole,
mad, wild, joy;
fierce, furious, fabulous.
See wine spill from her cup,
splash her outstretched arm.
Plaits flying, eyes flare,
she whirls, twirls, is a girl
showing what she can do
in the sateen sheen
of the artist’s acrylic paint.
Love her energy,
from the Topkapı Palace
to the Blue Mosque
—all before and all since—
clattering beads, silent flowers,
harem pants and cymbals
clash as she goes.

Polly Stretton © 2018


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‘Copycat’ by C. S. Barnes

Can’t wait to read it!


Copycat: a mind blowing mystery thriller by [Barnes, C.S.]Synopsis

When the body of a young woman, Jenni Grantham, is found abandoned, DI Melanie Watton and her team are called to investigate. It soon becomes apparent that the murder, the method and the appearance of the victim, is something they have seen before.

With the help of Medical Examiner George Waller, DI Watton uncovers the case history of Michael Richards – a local murderer who killed five women before turning himself in.

Further investigations reveal that Jenni was recently reported missing by her parents. And when Jenni’s personal effects are explored, shocking discoveries are made about the victim’s fascination with the original killings.

However, when the ME makes a surprise discovery, DI Watton realises that Jenni was perhaps not the only local with a fixation on these infamous killings.

With a copycat killer on the loose, the team know it is only a matter of time before another body…

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Rampant! Bishops Weed AKA Ground Elder

Such pretty leaves, reminiscent of Angelica, but this plant is anything but angelic…it’s an  invasive weed called Ground Elder or Aegopodium podagraria L. Its flower shape is one of my favourites, umbreliform and beautiful.

Like many plants, this one enjoys lots of different names: the two in the heading, plus it’s known as gout weed and goat weed. But I don’t care how many names it has, I don’t have a place for it in my garden, it’s a thug. So I set to work.

Have you tackled this weed? Is it now all gone from your garden? Let me know, truly, I’m interested 😆

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Ground elder – roots hiding between and under buddliea and cornflower roots

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The buddliea you can see bottom left will have to be lifted to dig out all the ground elder roots

and my next task will be addressing…bindweed.