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Snow Maidens, a Star and an unknown quantity - read on!


A dozen arboreal snow maidens
grace our concrete street:
like virginal brides –
some blushing –
confetti at their feet.
Shivering in a late spring freeze,
genuflecting to an icy breeze,
they bravely bear
Mother Nature’s whims –
and to beauty -
all are hymns.


A brisk wind laboured, abated, died…
still pervaded all: silvered water, blue, sentinel flags
bulrushes proud and tall.
The bucolic stage was set and waiting –
waiting for a star?
Dust-motes danced in golden sunbeams –
spotlights from afar.
Then, swift and straight – like an artist’s arrow,
a technicoloured flash thro’ the evergreens –
there appeared a handsome, feathered, fellow,
the like of which I had never seen.
Centre-stage, he speared his lunch –
sole performer – how deft his wings!
Then almost with the speed of light…
rose into the sky – pulled by invisible strings?
Lulled into a happy stupor –
near drunk on nature’s heady sights –
I mused on kingfisher’s prowess, beauty
until the darkening shades of night.


Long ago when a gentleman
took a lady for his wedded wife,
he was pretty sure
that her allure
didn’t come from a surgeon’s knife.
Nowadays who knows
what pert little nose
didn’t start life like Captain Hook’s?
And what of that bosom, so plump?
Or that neat little rump?
And all manner of other looks?
So gentlemen beware and have a jolly good look
before buying the ring
saying “I do!”
and signing the Registrar’s book.

Meet The Author...
Joy Lennick
Who Am I?

Most important 'jobs:' wife and mother to three sons. Hooked on reading and writing from a young age (wrote a simple play in junior school: acted on the stage). Joined the library at seven and that was it; the love affair continues...

First worked as a junior secretary, then secretary. Favourite job: A publishing company, Kaye & Ward in the City of London.

Apart from the odd poem, letter and article in magazines, and one poem read on Bournemouth radio, had various poems published in anthologies and won a few prizes. Ran my own Poetry Club for a while. Published: Celtic Cameos & Other Poems.

Factual books published: Running Your Own Small Hotel, & Jobs in Baking & Confectionery (Kogan Page Ltd., London), Updated two other author's books. As Biographer:Hurricane Halsey (True adventure), Memoir: My Gentle War; Faction novel: The Catalyst. Several short stories published in WordPlay anthologies (one winning lst prize through 'Writing' magazine as the best writing circle anthology of 2012 in the UK). A Group Leader for Creative Writing for the U3A group in Torrevieja, Spain.
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