1) X is a terrible letter when you’ve restricted yourself to writing on certain topics! I can’t just make up a character called Xenon, or go for an Xray.... And I do wonder if I have the Xfactor-for-writing....
X is a multiplication sign, so I am hoping that my sales of “Despite the Angels” will multiply, my good reviews will multiply, and my energy to get on with publishing “Revisited Sins” will multiply even more! And may the multiplication angels visit me with myriads of creative ideas, and the time to trap them on the page...
2) Here is another poem, about love -where we all use lots of xxx!
19 and 15
Nearly six foot of gangle
gets into bed beside me,
and a beautiful woman
brings her duvet and sits on my feet,
and once again a Christmas morning
resounds with laughter
and “look at this!” and “what is it?”
and I sink below another sea of tissue paper.
An unbroken line of chocolate coins
seems to stretch back through the years
to when they were soft bundles
drowsing milkily against my neck.
But before the past can become more
than a prickle in my eyes,
comes “look at my bubbles!”
and “would you like a marshmallow?”
and the solid happy presence of them
breaks the spell,
and I think, -despite all troubles,
mistakes and failures,
to have raised such kids as these
I have done well.
3) XXX No common homoeopathic remedy starts with X. Kiss it better!