Another poem penned for one of the 12 poems in 12 months challenges at Deadlines for Writers.com . The prompt for this one was "rudimentary". Evolution Amoeba-like in amnion. Life-defining. Protozoan cells divide, multiplying.   Burrow into tissue softness. Fix location. Fluid flowing in, around. Communication.   Nourishment by yolk sac, like a baby chicklet. … Continue reading Evolution


Another villanelle (see Hiatus for my first). This was the one I posted for May's 12 poems in 12 months challenge at Deadlines for Writers.com Drat! They come to me in dreams at nightas scurrying streaks of whiskered greed,black beady eyeballs gleaming bright They first appeared in broad daylight.Beneath the bird table they'd feedand come … Continue reading Drat!

Riding the Waterfall

Those who've been following this blog for a while might have read this already on commaful at https://commaful.com/play/cathycade/mirlings-in-winter/. Or perhaps in my collection Witch Way, and other ambiguous stories (available from Amazon). But for more recent followers who've been reading the mirlings saga, here's a verse I wrote earlier. Skimming down the waterfall, bouncing off … Continue reading Riding the Waterfall

The Humpty Verdict: a cautionary tale

A Diversion. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men cleared up the pieces and got out their pens. It shouldn’t have happened. Somebody’s to blame. An official took down every witnesses’ name.   An enquiry was opened. They put out the word that they meant to investigate what had occurred. Were there warning … Continue reading The Humpty Verdict: a cautionary tale