The Week Before Christmas

The Week Before Christmas poem by Iris Carden It was a week before Christmas and things weren’t going well, Santa’s cost-cutting measures were beginning to tell. The reindeer were weak, from inferior food, Elves working overtime, were in a horrible mood. The elves formed a union. Reindeer did the same. They presented Santa, their demands…… Continue reading The Week Before Christmas


Bubbles poem by Iris Carden A puff of breath, trapped in a rainbow film, floats on air, on breeze to roam, to float, to fly, a moment of wonder, of whimsy. Air floating on air, shining, bright, a thing of light. To land and to burst: detergent splotch. Float no more, wonder’s lost.

Fairy Dust

Fairy Dust poem by Iris Carden A sprinkle of fairy dust sparkling bright glimmers and glitters and brightens the night. The forgotten joys of childhood long gone, memories of laughter memories of song. When life’s at its darkest, when gloom’s over all, it’s hard to remember there’s joy to recall. But that’s when we need…… Continue reading Fairy Dust


Rose poem by Iris Carden A rose is a feast for the senses the perfection of flowers. It presents complete delight for all the sensory powers. The sight of a rose is art. Each petal a lover’s pledge. The vivid colour subtly changes from deep centre to pale edge. The scent of the rose evokes…… Continue reading Rose

The Week in Review

What I’ve Written Sunday: Identity Theft I’ve been the subject of the world’s dumbest attempt at identity theft. Monday: Sister Your friendly local funeral director has a sister. She’s not the brightest bulb in the box, and her boyfriend won’t win any local quiz nights. Tuesday: Hey Siri Settle in dear reader, while I tell…… Continue reading The Week in Review

Time Doesn’t Heal

Time Doesn’t Heal poem by Iris Carden They say time heals all wounds but that’s really not the truth. It’s a well-intentioned, but ultimately cruel, myth. When we first hear the awful news someone we love is lost, we find ourselves faced with an unbelieving shock. When shock dissipates, we are left with unbearable pain.…… Continue reading Time Doesn’t Heal

The Week in Review

What I’ve Written Sunday: Excerpt from Muse The introduction to my horror novel Muse. Monday: Changeling A story heard as a child, comes back to a grandmother when her grandchild is sick. Tuesday: Paranormal A young person who grew up in a haunted house tries out paranormal investigation. Wednesday: Dear Mum and Dad… A humorous…… Continue reading The Week in Review

Dear Mum and Dad…

Dear Mum and Dad… poem by Iris Carden Dear Mum and Dad, from your daughter who’s stuck. I hate boarding school. It’s really just … unbearably terrible. There’s a nasty teacher, in a class I can’t switch, at least once each lesson, she calls me a … stupid child. I got a new boyfriend. He’s…… Continue reading Dear Mum and Dad…