The Road to Gesualdo, an extract

Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, was a sixteenth century composer and musician. The town of Gesualdo in Campania was also the place where he lived. Spring was in the air. The capes of the two ladies strolling in the garden were fluttering in the warm breeze. It was a...

Ode to Summer

Photo by Donna Wooton On the porch in the shade visitingsitting on a wicker chaira cyclist passesblack spandex shortsyellow topNever again will I click my feet into cleats!Hostess agrees.she, too, broke her ankle recentlyhence the visit to commiseratebroke mine in...

Harvest Time

Today, as the skin of the cooked beetroot slipped off easily under the gentle pressure of my fingers, I am taken back to the moment my hands first performed that satisfying act. I was four and three hours earlier, had helped my mother lift the raw beetroot from my...

Homesickness

Image by Kevin Phillips on Pixabay A ragged bird is swallowed by dark trees and stirring water, grey as packs of rats, runs widdershins, below the heavy cloud. Marge, swaying on the dock drops to her knees. Her long dark hair trails down to touch the boat, but cargo...

Barbarians at the Gates

Image by Simon Steinberger from Pixabay Once upon a time, a benevolent prime minister looked upon the land and decreed that we would no longer be diminished by books written in the UK and America only, that Canadian writers would stand tall and be recognized for their...