The Poem of the MonthÂ for November is wedding, a poem written some years ago when the idea of gay marriage was less fashionable and any ceremonies wereÂ not legal and generallyÂ hidden.
The poem features in my 2010 collection Good Morning. You can buy the book on-line (PayPal accepted) or at several retailers – ideal Christmas present!!
The poem of the month for May is a tiny taste of the work of W B Yeats.
From the expansive poetry on Irishness to the yearning of the love poems to Maud Gonne, Yeats, like all great poets, captures the enormity and the insignificance of the human condition.
The Song of Wandering Aengus was sung beautifully by The Waterboys and equally wonderfully by Christy Moore.
Follow the link to see February on the Moss, the poem for MarchÂ
You can also find out more about West Moss-side, a farm transformed by Kate Sankey to create a high-quality venue for a range of get-togethers, meetings and craft events. Plus theÂ Trossachs Yurts – a low impact, slow get away. Well worth a visit!
It is a place of real beauty, a “vast expanse of all things damp and wonderful.” (NNR site)
February on the Moss is seen in the photo on the wall at West Moss-Side.
A departure this month. Follow the link to the Red Ensemble video of their interpretation of my poem Right. The ensemble used a recording of my recitation of the poem and Palestinian poet Ghazi Husseinâ€™s recording of his Arabic translation as part of their improvisation. The piece was recorded at Glasgow City Halls.
The accompanying film features dancer Joan Beattie of the Vito Dance Theatre.
Right was originally published in â€œChapmanâ€ and is in my collection â€œGood Morningâ€œ.
Haiku for Andy Murray
The start of a new year and hopefully more joy for our country. Katrina Shepherd’s haiku series was first published in Poetry Scotland: Luckie Mucklebackit (Winter 2012/2013). She celebrates the success of Andy Murray and his visit back home to Dunblane.
With a love of the living beauty of the natural world, Katrina is often inspired by people and nature.Â Her haiku are published in Canada, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.Â Some have been given awards.
Katrina’s poem In the stillness is now a Christmas carol with music composedÂ by Sally Beamish.
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November is the month of the Holy Souls. We remember our loved ones who died.
I think that this might be the only poem ever written to mention the Rhinsdale Tavern in Baillieston.