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My lovely sister, Alison by Vivi Steels

Posted on October 28, 2017 at 6:40 AM

My Tribute to My Lovely Sister, Alison read by me at her funeral on 24th October 2017


Alison was my lovely big older sister. When we were young she liked to look after me. She was always the well-behaved one & I was the naughty one. She did very well at school. When we moved to Woodthorpe in 1957, we attended Arno Vale Junior School and then Arnold High School where Alison became Head Girl. She also got a Duke of Edinburg...

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My Fairy Garden by Vivi Steels

Posted on October 14, 2017 at 10:25 AM

My Fairy Garden


I have recently made a fairy garden in a wooden plant box, which sits on a window sill in my conservatory.  They are such fun to make. I am hoping to make a bigger one outside in our garden, though we have some very naughty squirrels, who I think would dig it up!!


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Bilbo - the Dog who was a Lifeguard by Vivi Steels

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM


Bilbo the Lifeguard Dog

I have just read Steve Jamieson's wonderful book ‘Bilbo the Lifeguard Dog’ (published by Pan Macmillan) and I am just recovering from being in floods of tears at the end. I felt so much for Steve, the former Head Lifeguard on Sennen Beach ...

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Getting Older Is... by Vivi Steels

Posted on July 28, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Getting Older is...


caring for those before you,

caring for those after you.

Feeling needed, for meals,

for advice, for money,

so the slow drip of time,

wearing away your face

into that of your mother’s,

eases you onto the path

whereby you wear your skin

like an evening dress –

glittering with experience.


© Vivien Steels

Published in Reflections (Forward Poetry Anthology) ...

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50 Year Plot by Vivi Steels

Posted on June 23, 2017 at 4:00 AM

I have included this poem I wrote in 2002, because I was watching '50 Years of Gardeners' World Live' at the NEC Birmingham on television and there was a sequence about gardening through the decades, which my poem tried/tries to evoke.  It is illustrated with a picture I painted of a corner of our garden in early summer painted in watercolour, acrylic and pen and ink.



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Spring Blossom by Vivi Steels

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 6:05 AM

Spring Blossom


cherry blossom falls
filling sky with confetti
celebrating spring


© Vivien Steels
Published in WRITE-AWAY - Spring 2002



Illustrated with 'Spring Blossom' by Vivien Steels











Winter Forsythia by Vivi Steels

Posted on January 18, 2017 at 9:55 AM




Winter Forsythia


sky – grey cardboard

earth – frosted brown

trees – bare branches

grass – dank tangle

wind – ice shards

winter reigns

 

room – soft lights

windows – green leaves

fire – living flames

rug – sheep’s wool

vase – golde...

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New Year's Moon by Vivi Steels

Posted on January 18, 2017 at 9:45 AM

New Year's Moon


Moon ~

whole tablet of silver ~

wakes my bed,

draws me to a land outside,

and sprinkles my body

with pearl-light.

Crystal chips of stars

wink at me

while my body-warmth

rises like incense

into the half-lit sky

so blue, so vast;

an ocean of planets

dream-years away.

 

Climbing stairs back to sleep,

meeting warmth again on the landing,

I fall ba...

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Review for New Poetry Book by Patricia Beeton for Vivien Steels @ Vivi*Press

Posted on January 18, 2017 at 9:40 AM

REVIEW FOR NEW POETRY BOOK

 

*Bees, Seas, Birds and Trees* by Vivien Steels

 

Review by Patricia Beeton

 

“I have just read your new book of poems ‘Bees, Seas, Birds and Trees’. What a lovely collection of poems they are. The poems are a pleasure to read. Your words show a heartfelt, philosophical understanding of all aspects of nature and human emotion. Reading yo...

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*Bees, Seas, Birds and Trees* by Vivien Steels @ Vivi*Press

Posted on January 18, 2017 at 9:20 AM

This is the cover of my latest seventh collection of published nature-inspired poems with artwork, photographs and graphics. It can be bought via my Vivi*Press Poetry page on my 'Talking Paint' website @ www.viviensteels.webs.com or get in touch via the Contact page of this website.



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View From Our Kitchen by Vivien (Vivi) Steels

Posted on December 20, 2016 at 2:00 AM


This is a larger view of the cover illustration for my new illustrated poetry book, 'Bees, Seas, Birds and Trees'.  It was painted from the kitchen window of our last house when I was recovering from an operation.  You can see I am looking through the ornaments/pots on the kitchen window sill and at the top is the blind with a cord hanging down through the painting.  F...

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Into the Past by Vivi Steels

Posted on October 21, 2016 at 4:35 AM

Into The Past

 

The Auckland Guest House green and cream

Set within my childhood dream,

Rope-swing falls from towering tree,

Lawn, coloured mallets, balls and croquet.

Miss Sammy, half-Persian, half-Siamese,

Loves a cuddle, loves strong cheese.

 

Bess, black Labrador with solemn face

Waddles in dining room from place to place

For titbits, gravy, crumbs of cake.

She waddles out still on the make.

 

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My Semi-Suburban Country Childhood by Vivi Steels

Posted on October 21, 2016 at 3:55 AM

My Semi-Suburban Country Childhood

 

Although I was brought up in a relatively new suburban area called Woodthorpe about four miles from the centre of Nottingham, I felt as if I lived in the country. The road in front of our house was a terracotta clay track with grassy verges and convenient humps – ideal when cycling or roller-skating – and there was a deep crater at the bottom of the road, which was euphemistically called ‘Coningsby Gardens East’* (...

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Homewards by Vivi Steels

Posted on August 22, 2016 at 6:20 AM

Homewards

 

Twisted church spire watches

over brown ridged field

where snow, soft as fur,

nestles in furrows like leverets.

Ink black trees light up from behind

with gold/orange sunset.

Cold kisses my face

leaving rosy imprints.

The road, white with salty sheen,

sings under racing car,

speeding homewards

as day sinks under banks

of snow-swollen clouds.

 

© Vivien Steels

Publi...

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Loss by Vivi Steels

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 7:55 PM

Imogen Skirving, owner of Langar Hall Country House Hotel in Nottinghamshire, was killed recently while on holiday in Menorca.   Imogen was an absolutely special and wonderfully unique person, who made you feel special. She always made sure you were looked after at Langar Hall and was so interesting to talk with. Ian and I go every few weeks for Sunday Lunch at Langar Hall and we loved Imogen, her staff and the whole atmosphere created there. Nothing wa...

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Swan Island by Vivi Steels

Posted on May 22, 2016 at 2:45 AM

Swan Island

 

The corner turned,

turquoise water overhung

with soft, green willow

surrounds the April nest

barricaded with branches

to make an inner island

of safety for Easter eggs;

green-white and so large,

to be turned to perfection

at unusual angles.

 

We counted seven cygnets that year.

Grey-brown down,

flimsy yet watertight,

nibbled along with young weed,

riding under arch-ang...

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Vermilion Tulips by Vivi Steels

Posted on March 26, 2016 at 5:10 AM

 


Vermilion Tulips

 

each arrowhead

of vermilion tulips

aiming to fire scarlet

into the sharp grey sky

of spring deferred

 

© Vivien Steels

Illustrated...

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Those Days... by Vivi Steels

Posted on March 11, 2016 at 3:20 AM

Those Days ...

 

when the ward floor shone

like crystalline quartz

 

when beds had white envelope-

cornered sheets

 

when perfumed flowers grew

in tall glass vases

 

when hygiene and cleanliness

were taken to degree level

 

when bed sores were

unheard of

 

when nurses nursed patients

with love and compassion

 

when doctors came at

an...

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The Cult of Cruelty in the NHS by Vivi Steels

Posted on February 5, 2016 at 6:05 AM

THE CULT OF CRUELTY IN THE NHS

 

I have been reading for years about the way older patients are treated in the NHS. But I know this from first-hand.  About 6 years ago my mother spent nine months in hospitals and I feel the hospital system killed her. This is a condensed version of it.

 

My husband and I went to collect my lovely mother, who was 88. She had just had a minor operation to unblock some grafted veins in her legs. She was fine and really ...

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DETYGERATA - Part 1 by Vivi "Tyggy" Steels

Posted on February 1, 2016 at 7:50 PM

I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Sir Terry Wogan. I listened to Wake-Up to Wogan from the very beginning. I was one of Terry’s young TYGS (Terry’s Young Girls and Geezers).  There were older TOGS – (Terry’s Old Gals & Geezers!!). I was called Vivi “Tyggy” Steels & emailed Terry & Pauly many times & had poems & emails read out. I have a WUTWAC (a Wake-Up to Wogan Alarm Clock) & a WUTW Sweat Shirt.  I ...

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