Painting the future

The artist opened her paint box, dampened her brush and started. Before her was a handsome half-timbered house complete with moat and gatehouse. She worked on in that hot summer's day. The picture developed but did not show the many visitors who trooped passed. She disliked their intrusion with garish tops and shorts into this [...]

God the artist

  God what a riot you must have had creating the world Like letting loose with a giant box of crayons Dabbing some orange here, some yellow there, big blobs of red and green and blue for good measure And then defining the broad strokes with precision and fine detailing creating boundaries that separate, not [...]

Deck Chair

The woman sat on the deck chair looking out to sea and imagined a far-off ship going to the tropics. There it would find the warmth she had never experienced. She enjoyed a good life in a material sense at least. In personal relationships, she had been less fortunate. And so, she could buy a gift [...]

The Tree

The tree remembered being planted in the churchyard those many summers ago. For he saw the young daughter of the squire slipping in a copy of that new book on ‘Pride and Prejudice’ to wile away the long sermon. This blissful rural scene was oblivious to the battles being fought on land and sea to fence [...]

The reward of praise

Psalm 150 Have you noticed that for many authors and composers, one work in quite different   from all the others? To back up my thesis, I give you Shakespeare’s Tempest and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Yeoman of the Guard. The Bible too has that rather strange book of the Revelation. Also, in any anthology or [...]