A few of my favourite things

London, Nov 2018

I wouldn’t want a world of perpetual summers 

I’d miss the snow and the falling leaves and the fresh green grass


Endless days seem like a dream 

But I’d miss the night’s stars and quiet

and I’d miss the sunrise and sunset 

When the moon meets the sun


Sun, moon, earth

all three dance the eternal dance

to music both known and unknown


Much as I love black and white films

I love my world in full colour

a black and white rainbow just wouldn’t be the same


Cities are vibrant, exciting and new

Full of people with something to do

Chicago, New York, London, Paris, Tokyo

I wouldn’t be without them


but they are also noisy and crowded and blue

with pauses for thought too few


The great plains of Africa

The rush of Niagara

The mystery of the ocean

The wonder of the Himalayas


leaving tracks on virgin snow

being free with nothing to do

the warm touch of a loved one

a party with friends in the park

reading and writing


These are the things

I could not live without