Thursday, 29 December 2011


between extremists
gallons of bath water flow
filled with thrown babies

© Gerald England

Composed: Gee Cross, 3rd February 2002


Wednesday, 28 December 2011


murky weather
in a feed full of sheep
seagulls gather

© Gerald England

Composed: Bolton, 25th January 2002


Tuesday, 27 December 2011

England's Openers

A blackbird lands
A good beer-barrel
A man sits in a cave knitting
A theatre in Copenhagen
Abask the sea-wall
Alice was demure and O
All the way to Bury
Amid the heather
Among the lupins
And after little suzie
And it was his grief that kept him travelling
And the baby miscarried
And the gulls woke me at half past
Apple bread, champagne dip, Easter egg,
As a clashing cymbal in the discordant darkness of the night
At the Bay at the Back of the Ocean

Bare midrifs above belt-like skirts
Bedraggled daffodils line the lanes
Belladonna is unlucky
Beyond the wooded embankment home
Big Irma

Child lost in big store
Come to our raveup in York they said

Damn the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation
Deeply Katy threw her dress open
Dementia patients ramble on the freeway of her face
Don't smother the fire, mother

Everyone's going to heaven

First catch your crow
Friendly face peeping

Gillamoor looked great that day
Going to Glimps Holm

Hair dressed up in curlers
Have you ever watched a snail
He, bold, brassy, Geordie

I carry the weight of the world on my back
I do not like telephones
I got some tissues with my coffee yesterday
I knew of your visit to the blacksmith
I was a teenage werewolf
I was taking about Cleopatra
If God is dead

Kettle on coal fire
Knickerless Nicola

Labeled with a sticker on our lapels
Leaving Oldham
Lesbian bodies take advantage of patient work
Lost down country lanes

My son builds with his Lego
My wife is talking

Nodding drowsily against his winter habit

On the far side of Hope
One corner of the tarmaced field
Outside the X-ray
Overwhelmed like fish

Poor Peter
Possum roadkill

Queen Victoria

Real nude women mourned new ale
Re-listening to sixties protest songs
Rent a bench
Reproduction strictly prohibited

Sat in the car on Royd Moor Lane
Sharing its route with slow canals
She is Mother England
Sheep suckle their lambs
Skin was slit like the opening of an envelope
Sleet at the window
So this is Brighton
Somewhere I saw a South-West wind
Sunday-morning sex

The Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba
The dog dodges puddles in the road
The fox comes nightly to her garden
The geese do not know which way to turn
The taps are dripping all over the city
The wind that whistles over Oldham Edge
There hadn't always been a rainbow
There were several entrances
This is a multi-part poem in MIME format
Through the windy pass

Up Ingleborough

Victims of the bottle

We had a very quiet Christmas
When Margaret first met Malcolm
Why are your poems so full of country images

Yeah, yeah, I know what I said
You said you wanted to live

© Gerald England

Composed: Gee Cross, 23rd January 2002


2007 Famous Poets and Poems (Internet)

Monday, 26 December 2011


at Deansgate Station
by a floodlit poster
a lone woman waits

© Gerald England

Composed: Gee Cross, 9th January 2002


Sunday, 25 December 2011


taking the crib down
my son calls it a horse
-- the donkey

© Gerald England

Composed: 6th January 2002


Saturday, 24 December 2011

(zip 1)

the thawing rain /\/\/\/\/\ underfoot
___ sheets of ice _________ remain

© Gerald England

Composed: Gee Cross, 6th January 2002


2004 Raw NerVZ (Canada)

Friday, 23 December 2011


coach journey
missing the scenery
by reading haiku

© Gerald England

Composed: between Manchester & Liverpool, 22nd December 2001


2003 Time Haiku (UK)

Thursday, 22 December 2011


December morning
though we shiver with frost
the low sun blinds

© Gerald England

Composed: Gee Cross, 15th December 2001




decembrie dimineata
desi tremuram de ger
soarele palid orbeste

Gerald England
(in romaneste de Andrei Dorian Gheorghe)


2001 Sarm Newsletter (Romania)

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

The Labyrinth


On the far side of Hope
ears pop;
my head spins.

Queuing for water
from the town well,
winds from up the dale
blow in one ear,
exit less coolly.

At the top of Long Hill
we rest;
views of the valley
are but a misty panorama.

I feed on a bacon butty,
drink hot black unsweetened tea.

The journey home
will be fraught with uncertainty;
not all traffic lights
turn green on approach.

© Gerald England

Composed: Gee Cross, 23rd November 2001


2004 Aesthetica (UK)

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

October Forecast


Bright with sunny periods
some cloud, occasional showers

says the local TV forecast.

It has been persistently precipitating
for more than twelve hours.

On the doorstep
a soggy mass of pulp
is all that is left
of my note to the milkman.

The dog wags her tail
in a desperate message;
I open the back door,
she steps out,
looks round,
then dashes for the nearest
patch of green,
does that she has to do.

Back inside,
the hearthrug
doubles as a towel.

Only an incoming aircraft
breaks the greyness
of the birdless sky.

Outside my window,
the sodden rosebush

© Gerald England

Composed: Gee Cross, 26th October 2001


2002 Curlew (UK)
2007 Famous Poets and Poems (Internet)

Monday, 19 December 2011

Passing On


(for Gail and her mother)

"grandma has no pulse"

the boy hugs his mother
tears flood
forming a river
that crosses
continents and oceans

strength passes
between young and old

a mother's passion
a daughter's spirit
a faint heart

waves of pure hope
clean the beaches
the island heaves
with fire

beyond red sunsets
memories live
in the eyes of children
who will forge
their own future

© Gerald England

Composed: Gee Cross, 23rd October 2001


2001 Zimmerzine (Internet)

Sunday, 18 December 2011


days after
uncountable candles
light the world

© Gerald England

Composed: Gee Cross, 17th September 2001


2001 World Haiku Wall (Internet)

Friday, 16 December 2011


before venturing out
the dog thinks twice

© Gerald England

Composed: Gee Cross, 5th September 2001


Thursday, 15 December 2011


from his sick-bed
watching the rain pour
and not caring

© Gerald England

Composed: Gee Cross, 5th September 2001


Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Stargazing in New Zealand


Collected in a transit van
the Japanese astronomer
takes us out of the village
and across two rutted fields
to his tiny observatory.

It is a clear, cold evening;
the heavens are looking beautiful;
we are shown the stars
as they appear before our naked eyes.

He points out the constellations
and the planets, Jupiter and Saturn;
deep inside the milky way
helps us to clearly see
the position of the Southern Cross.

Whilst observing the sky
we catch site of the Mir spaceship
one week before it is due to
splash down somewhere in the sea
between here and Chile.

Inside the observatory
a large telescope is trained on Jupiter.
Through it we can plainly view
swirling gas clouds and four moons
one to the norwest;
three almost in a so'west line.

Outside in the field
smaller telescopes are set up.
we behold Saturn,
its magnificent rings resplendent.
All I can say is

We also look closely
at the Jewel-box constellation
and the Orion nebulae.

we return to the warmth
of our lakeside lodge
dreaming of uncountable stars.

© Gerald England

Composed: Gee Cross, 3rd August 2001


2006 NHI (Internet)
2006 Curlew (UK)



Suntem culesi intr-un camion de tranzit.
Astronomul japonez ne poarta in afara satului
si ne traverseaza doua campuri imperechiate
catre micul sau observator.

Este o seara senina si rece;
cerul arata frumos;
suntem expusi stelelor,
cum si ele apar inaintea ochilor nostri nuzi.

Astronomul puncteaza constelatiile
si planetele, Jupiter si Saturn;
adanc inauntrul Caii Lactee
ne ajuta sa vedem clar
pozitia Crucii Sudului.

In timp ce observam cerul,
prindem si site-ul statiei Mir
cu o saptamana inainte de cuvenita-i
prabusire in mare
intre aici si Chile.

Inauntrul observatorului,
un telescop mare este fixat pe Jupiter.
Prin el putem vedea deschis
nori de gaz invartejati si patru luni,
una spre nord-vest
si trei aproape de linia sud-vestului.

In afara campului
sunt fixate telescoape mai mici.
Observam Saturnul
si magnificele-i inele stralucitoare.
Tot ce pot spune este

Privim de asemenea indeaproape
constelatia Cutia cu Diamante
si nebuloasa lui Orion.

Fara convingere
ne intoarcem la caldura
casutei noastre de langa lac,
visand stele nenumarate.


(versiunea romaneasca de Andrei Dorian Gheorghe)


2001 SARM-news (Romania)
2006 NHI (Internet)

Tuesday, 13 December 2011


RAF jet --
thunder attacks our eardrums
there it was - gone

© Gerald England

Composed: Crainlarich, 26th July 2001


Monday, 12 December 2011


fogbound viewpoint -
we cannot see the island
but know it is there

© Gerald England

Composed: Arnisdale, 25th July 2001


Sunday, 11 December 2011


Knoydart -
somewhere in the greyness
sea and sky meet

© Gerald England

Composed: Arnisdale, 25th July 2001


Saturday, 10 December 2011


below the ring
of cloud-topped mountains
still waters

© Gerald England

Composed: Arnisdale, 25th July 2001


Friday, 9 December 2011


scampering uphill
out of the rhododendrons
a young deer

© Gerald England

Composed: Loch Quoich, 25th July 2001


Thursday, 8 December 2011


waiting for our boat
the incoming tide
climbs three steps

Composed: Inner Farne, 23rd July 2001


Tuesday, 6 December 2011


yellow clumps
of scarce fiddleneck
between the thistles

Composed: Inner Farne, 23rd July 2001


Monday, 5 December 2011


a pied wagtail
darts between picnickers
by the lighthouse

© Gerald England

Composed: Inner Farne, 23rd July 2001


2007 Ginyu (Japan)

Sunday, 4 December 2011


on Inner Farne
the incessant screams
of arctic terns

© Gerald England

Composed: Inner Farne, 23rd July 2001


Saturday, 3 December 2011


the rat-tap flap
of puffins flying
from their burrows

© Gerald England

Composed: Staple Island, 23rd July 2001


Thursday, 1 December 2011


between two rocks
an abandoned shag's egg
fallen from the nest

© Gerald England

Composed: Staple Island, 23rd July 2001