pen strokes paint


Light oak polished

floor, mantel-shelf,

hundreds of books

lining walls each side

small tables, reading

lamps, wall lights - four


modest tv, and film

collection, clicking

knitting needles, coffee

cups, pens, inks, paper

iPad, Mac, iPhone

Bethle’m nativity scene

star above stable door


bright Persian rug

set centred on the

floor - Libertino's

Italian magic carpet

rides to places

unheard of heretofore.


Beige leather sofa

and chairs, black

stove warming

hearts and home

low round table

books, journals, arts


Zbigniew Herbert poems

Thomas Merton, Thomas Mann

watercolours, Richard Rohr

Rabindranath Tagore

Ken Wilber, Austin Farrer's

The End of Man


Rembrandt’s The Artist

in his Studio has inward

looking eyes - painted-out

dulled and black. His

great paintings seen

in mind’s eye and


nothing did they

lack. So from my

mind’s eye in a

favourite room at

home, pen strokes

paint - in words