Friday, February 12, 2016

A Nice Day Out


If I had wings or a hot-air balloon
I would fly up high all the way to the moon;
I would sit on the moon, so happy and tall
and everyone else will seem really small.

I didn't go as far as the moon this time
but I did have a nice day out

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Once Upon a Time

Long ago when I was four
I think I was a bit of a bore,
my room was always such a mess
and mother had to help me dress.

I didn't like to share my toys
and sometimes fought with other boys,
I always wanted something sweet
and couldn't even cross the street.

I think back on those times and laugh -
now that I am four-and-a-half.

Featured: This embroidery was created
from a drawing by my niece Michal.
Still wondering what to make with it.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

On Market Day


If you like spices in your coffee
dishes made the old way,
fresh veg and olives -
go to the Wadi's market day.

Featured: a morning walk 
in the Wadi Nisnas market

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Old Man Winter

It was a thundering night
raining hand and foot,
the whole house was rattling
trying to stay put.

A boy huddled in bed
was thinking: this is bad,
for winter to make such a racket
it must be really mad.

Old winter replied: my son
I know I've created a storm,
but I'm not at all angry -
I'm just trying to keep warm.

Featured: another scrap-busting project
a crochet bawl holding one of winter's delights -
chestnuts waiting to be roasted.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Greatest Gift

A simple feast of jam and bread,
a bit of crafting with needle and thread,
a scary film seen to the end - 
all are much nicer when shared with a friend.

I'm sad to report that these two
have had a falling out over a certain handsome teddy bear.
Friends no more.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Giving Tree

If you're lucky enough 
to be friends with a tree,
you can learn quite a lot 
about the way things should be.

A tree offers shade
on a bright sunny day,
and this free gift of giving
invites people to stay.

It knows how to bend
in a gathering storm,
and stands tall once again
when it's nice out and warm.

When the fall strips it bare
a tree may shed a tear,
but you know that its leaves
will come back the next year.

And a tree serves as proof
that the best thing to try -
be rooted to the earth
and reach for the sky.

Featured: a day trip to Mount Gilboa