Taking a Glimpse


Taking a glimpse at others’ lives

they might easily appear

lit by shafts of glamorous light

adding a charm

to everything they do.


Easy then

to watch and wonder

how such beautiful simplicity

each day is wanting

from our own

meagre struggle with the years.


Of course it isn’t true.

Glancing sideways

in a glass quickly

(almost as if not to look)

reluctantly we catch

a glimmer or a sheen

on neck or back –

a patch of sunlight

every jealous

other eye confirms.




Umbrella Head​