Younger is a funny, joy-filled beast
whose appetite seeks charms 
and luscious treats,
yet he knows there is wide, wide world.
So, off he bleets 
once supped and full.

The older – add scores two, a half, minus ten –
knows this landscape of plenty
shifts by hurt and over time 
lithe limb and limber they pass, too.
So, his grasp, though no less fleeting,
strikes quick and fast, then dulled.
He’s done the nest 
and picket fence, or not. Older he
knows best how to feather his bed.

Younger and older have a brother
close to “just right”. He is 
the most wary and sniffs out 
the approach. He weighs options, 
juggles plates, sows oats 
and waits while life does
some marinating of wings, legs, 
thighs and breasts. Just right
can measure and asses. Take his pick
and then exit the marketplace.


There are the younger lads, the older men and the ones within a single woman’s own age-bracket. In the wake of Valentine’s Day, I present these brothers three who were, no doubt, out on the prowl last night.

I tweet as @BeadedQuill about my writing life, my interest in soft martial arts, dancing and the pleasures of arts and culture. Sometimes I share about my dating life on Twitter, but more often the experiences inspire poetry.

If you’re not on Twitter, perhaps you’d like to find BeadedQuill on Facebook instead.

In 2013 I brought out two books of collected poems. They are available through the print-on-demand site blurb.co.uk. Click on the titles below to preview each:

Emily’s Poems for Modern Boys – Twenty-five poems offering insights on life, love and work for the Modern Boy.
Shining in Brightness – Twenty poems and two essays on creative process charting a ‘mystical decade’ of writing. The author documents her experiences in four continents and across three life phases – as student, traveller and young adult.

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