Home Turf

Some are curved as Mammoth tusks. Others squared off in biscuits. Blade-hewn ochre rainbows. Steeped all. Brittle now, once wet forged. Rough on fingertips. Dying whorls as intricate as Kells books. Bleeding whisky-hued water- pooling in cracks dark as blood. Some riddled with gnarled roots. Others smooth-grained as coffee grounds. Now mere husks. Seasoning. Earth…

World Cup Haiku

Roads as quiet as a hearse- Television static crackles, all screens in sync; Deserted streets feel highly strung.   Copyright Tom Tide 2018

For Peter Firmin

A life spent spinning yarns. Conjuring stories to life. Bright magic, for young and old. Weaving entire worlds in kaleidoscopes of colour. All from one darkened barn. A life behind lenses, Lived for others.   Copyright Tom Tide 2018  

Slide Away

The sky felt smoky blue at the beginning of twilight. Just before closing, lingering visitors were clambering up the helter-skelters and  tube rides for a last go. A long glimmering ribbon of headlights wound up from the car park, and two ride attendants were lighting up cigarettes to mark the end of their shift. As…

The Dew-flirt

A wall-eyed rascal,he. Drunk on stars and comets by night, Hunkered down by daybreak- peering in to dawn’s blue fog. Mottled with opals-dew’s blessings adorn his thick fur. Perch between two black holes for eyes. Beneath flexing paws the soft earth warms. This dusty mister feels moles scrapings beneath him, picks out scuttling beetles in…

Calm tide

An undulating mirror. Cradled above and below by light. Buoyed gently upward. Held by water deliciously cold. Close to heaven, this ocean curve just below my eyes.   Copyright Tom Tide 2018

Awake

Garden fresh, full of growth: Glowing , keen with blossoms yet to come, Soon to quicken in sunlight.   Copyright Tom Tide 2018

God of the Sea

It is incredible what washes up on to a beach. Especially if you really look. I found this marvel whilst collecting sea glass today, and put it in my pocket as one of many. Only hours later did I see what lies within it, when I was looking at all of them together. Maybe it…

Minerva

On seeing Miss Bath 2018 appearing as the Goddess Minerva.   Timeless beauty flows from her; Sunlit tresses flow in glowing crescents, framing lustrous eyes with beau regard.   Copyright Tom Tide 2018      

Foxes Before Dawn

Their sharp, high calls woke me. Almost violent, in 3 am silence. A loud skittering of claws drew me to the window. To my sleepy eyes, they were as two leaves blown in the wind. Whirling madly across the road, Locked together like fighters and ducking under cars. Backs all arched, leaping like the tarmac…