A number of my poems have been published:

‘Iodine’South 41, April 2010.

‘Tynemouth priory’, Pulsar, May 2017

‘The night that takes our shape’Ink Sweat and Tears, October 2017. This was voted ‘poem of the month’ by readers.


Here is one my recent unpublished poems, in memory of Steve Collins:

St Martha’s Church, Surrey Hills © Paul Jonsson

On the death of a friend

the achieve of, the mastery of the thing.
‘The Windhover’, Gerard Manley Hopkins

three kestrels fly about st martha’s hill

inscribing their curlicued

illuminations flashing ink

against the greying vellum of the clouds

— three kestrels hover above fields of tarnished gold


three kestrels fly about st martha’s hill

the circle of their meditations

wheeling on the thermals sketching

thin inscrutable litanies the purpose of ritual

— three kestrels screech wordless prayers in the wind


three kestrels fly about st martha’s hill

clawing blood from rain

ripping bone from air waiting

for the chapel bell to toll across the Chantries

— three kestrels brood their praying turned to prey


suddenly — heart stopped — they plummet

one by one falling to

an end an abyssal drop

thrown by gravity to


earth and stone

screams and blood

rust and bone

dust and ash


you clutch your heart/you seize the light/you ride the wind

and then suddenly — heart stopped —

you are thrown

from cloud


to clay

to silence

to kneaded clod

from flesh to bone