My Only Friends

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Yes, I’m still existing.
Beyond the consecrated hallway
Through the long corridor
Past the sacred candlestick
Inside the naked room
With Black Grapes.
Who lies stretched out
In a corner drunk
from his own thoughts
Which ARE, beyond repair.
Lying central in the room
My aching head held taut,
fighting paranoiac visions
screaming to be released.
They have locked us away
Because we don’t know enough
Of what they know
And we know too much
About what they don’t know.
And what they don’t know
No-one else should know.
The naked wall and Black Grapes
Are my only friends.
One speaks and one can be spoken to,
One answers and one doesn’t,
I cannot be sure in this room
Which is which.

 

A Rhum do!

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RhumAs I enjoy the taste of rum but don’t drink alcohol anymore I purchased alcohol free Routin 1883 rum syrup which is advertised as ‘characterised by the taste of rum.’ For me it tasted nothing like rum at all, more a mixture of dark treacle and cheap cola. I tried adding it to various fizzy and non fizzy drinks with the result that I felt it make their taste was lessened.  I also tried it with a variety of hot drinks as the advert had suggested, such as tea, coffee, chocolate, not hot milk though, as it’s not a favourite of mine. Basically, by adding this product to the drinks it made them sweeter; as to how sweet depends on how much is added.  Though I think there are cheaper and more appropriate products that can be used in this manner.  Rather than waste it, I’ll use in some cooking.

Cranes over landscape

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Ink and watercolour painting on acrylic paper depicting a small flock of Cranes migrating over a sparse mountain landscape neath a wintry sun where a solitary tree is producing its last blooms.

You do the same

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It’s a falsehood to believe you have friends
They are only interested in their own lives
And you do the same!
They will only come at their convenience
And you do the same!
They will only speak about their interests
And you do the same!
They will only believe what their believe
And you do the same!
They may not even help when there is no other option
And you do the same!
Meaningless is the name of friendship.
There is no-one to trust but yourself.

My Isolation stroll

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After isolating for another 2 weeks, it was time to collect my prescription again and take a stroll in the sunshine. I had already planned where I wanted to visit – Richardson Dees Park, Wallsend. Even though it’s only about a 10 minute walk from my abode, I haven’t been there for 30 years. I did take an A to Z with me as I wasn’t sure exactly where it was. When I eventually arrived, what a pleasant surprise. It was lovely to see lots of flowers in bloom around the Abortetum area. I sauntered down the slop and slowly wandered along the Burn which runs through the Dene, viewing ducks, duckling , a few different species of birds and squirrels. I even got a short guided tour by one of the regular local visitors to the park – yes we kept are distance. Overall, a really enjoyable walk.