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Ivor Murrell offers selections of his poetry, a harvest of experiences and emotions

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    • Restoring Vintage — A Tanka for Rupert
      I recently wrote this poem for my youngest son, Rupert.  He sent me this photograph after riding to the top of one of the hills on the Sussex Downs.   A Tanka  is an extension to the 5-7– 5 syllables of the Haiku, with two final lines of 7 syllables each that change  the direction […]
    • Migration Counterpoint
      Sandlines  ( www.breakingnewground.org.uk ) are operating a series of writers workshops in The Brecks, to promote the rich variety of landscape, fauna and flora that can be found in this special landscape.  I took part in one this week, which was based in the BTO centre in Thetford, and led by Lois Williams and Melinda Appleby.   […]
    • Regeneration
      Poems were requested on the subject of ‘Renewal’ to be read at the recent Suffolk Poetry Society’s AGM.  I wrote this poem for the event, but there were so many people wanting to read their work that I decided not to join the queue, and now show it here instead. You can click on the […]
    • Artists model
      Today I have had a new experience, which is always welcome at my age.  I sat as a life model for a group of artists.   The last time I had my image sketched was by a ten minute street artist in Beijing in 1996 (see image below).  I am not sure my mother would […]
    • Peregrine
       Jean and I were watching a murmuration of Starlings gather, about 6000 birds in two groups, when a Peregrine Falcon attacked the group I was videoing, first from the right, then from the left.  The effect on the Starlings was amazing, and here is a Tanka to celebrate that moment.  Click on this link to […]
    • Snipe
      A walk in such a range of sunlight yesterday afternoon, when I was able to take some good photographs of Snipe feeding at the waters edge of Minsmere Mere.  Here is a Haiku with two photographs to share the moment.       Probe stiletto, probe, With soft tip like tiny lips A kiss  before […]
    • Fourteen lines on The Peninsula
      Geraldine Green (click here to visit her blog) led another workshop for an enthusiastic small group of  poets on Shotley Peninsula in Suffolk last week.  A stimulating  annual event that we all now look forward to.  The ‘Write on The Peninsula’ workshop was organised by Suffolk Poetry Society Chairman, Ian Griffiths, and generously hosted by […]
    • Exposure
      There is a steady number of  people discovering in the later stage of their life that  contact with asbestos at an earlier date can be long lasting.     PLEASE CLICK ON THE ARROW BUTTON ABOVE TO HEAR THIS POEM   A starved cur huddles in his lungs, motionless, but coiled in tension, awaiting some […]
    • When I think of Christmas
      Christmas 1948…. I have been thinking about writing this poem for years, one of the sharpest memories from my childhood. Finally,  I sat down this week, and it leapt onto the page.   PLEASE CLICK ON THE ARROW BUTTON ABOVE TO HEAR THIS POEM    Bright red tiles, arched around an open fireplace ablaze with […]
    • The Elusive Purple Roller
      One of the most elusive birds in Botswana was perhaps the most colourful.  For a moment one perched a considerable distance from me, and using a new camera, which was far more skilled than me, I managed to take the amazing photograph below. PLEASE CLICK ON THE ARROW BUTTON ABOVE TO HEAR THIS POEM   […]

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Existentialism or virtual reality, a narrowing choice?


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Do you sometimes feel like a visitor
to your own life
as if your host is on a voyage
that holds you passenger.
In the past perhaps you lost connection
and gaze half-heartedly at passing action
for inertia is the journey’s only ticket
the tour’s apathetic charge is nominal -
so you decide to ride it to the terminal.
Where perhaps another trip awaits
another life, an altered state
then you recall your host’s existence
is only virtual, with no substance
but what do you connect to?

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  1. Penny

     /  February 8, 2014

    How to I subscribe, when I clicked on that it did not give me a link, and I am very interested and enjoy your writing’s…

  2. Penny

    Thanks, you seem to have found a problem with my subscription link point. I don’t know what the problem is at present, and will have to look into it. Meanwhile drop in at any time!

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