By John Hallam Lott


Poetry suggests pictures and rhythms that evoke chords of recognition in the recipient.

There exists within most of us, a need to understand more of our human condition and through the centuries, writers have used the medium of poetry in an attempt to further this understanding.

This collection of 26 poems has attempted to cover some of these points and ranges from the emotional, to the metaphysical and to those inspired by images and observation.

It is designed to make you laugh, cry and think – but not all at the same time!

54pgs, with 15 illustrations.

Sample poem:

The Red Shoes

A siesta heat hangs over the parched plaza
Like a lazy shroud.
My coffee, black and thick as treacle
Is suspended short of its first electric sip,
When I see those bright red shoes
Cut across that sun-seared square
Like an original thought.
From the shadow of my sheltered patio
I wondered, why so red
When the rest of your dress is so undeniably drab.
An act of defiance?
Did he say, dismissively, “You’re wearing those with that”?
And was it lost on him, your spirited riposte.
“I am wearing these red shoes because
They are the most exciting thing in a world
Which you have made mundane.”

Perhaps they were a gift, given in love
And you wanted him to see you wearing
His adoration on your feet.
Perhaps they are the only pair that you possess.
If that is so, I would want you to know
That you are regally defined by the shade of those shoes.
Your steps register a faint flamenco hammer
As you walk, head high, back straight as a picadors lance.
You near the corner.
Another moment of our unconscious lives about to disappear.
I stir my regret into my cooling coffee
And put my scarlet-fevered imagination back to sleep.


Also by John Hallam Lott:

Solomon's TableSolomon’s Table

By the beginning of the eighth century, Islamic armies had secured most of North Africa and many strategic Mediterranean Islands for the Umayyad dynasty in Damascus. What happened next was to defy the normal laws of warfare and resonate throughout the Christian world for hundreds of years to come. As he maintained as a boy, ‘If you want to win, you think like the enemy’. However, there was one battle for which he had no strategy!

Designed to Deceive

1077, Dover Castle – William 1st, King of England and Duke of Normandy is captivated by the presence of a stranger in the Great Hall. This young man does not know himself why he has been summoned or by whom. Nor could he guess how his incredible talents will be employed in the ensuing weave of murder, deceit and betrayal.