Skin Deep*

Looking somewhere between bizarre and fantastic, The famous faces now filled with plastic Step out confidently into the spotlight With an air suggesting they’re doing it right: Every single hair in place No hint of lines upon each face, Foreheads somewhat immobilised, As much as the skin around the eyes. Triangular mounds of implanted filler […]

Hiatus*

Old man. Fancy car. Driving style a little bizarre…¹ Given the clear cost of your wheels (Personally, I just don’t get the appeal- Is this perhaps a conscious selection To perk up your gradually failing erection? -The only way to shore up your manhood?) Things must be tough in your neighbourhood, Your desperate desire to […]

Secret History*

My dad was a remarkable man Who lived below the radar Keen not to court attention Lest people thought him bizarre, Judging, as is folks’s wont, His countenance and not his grace The colour of his skin Not the mind behind his face. He told us stories when we asked About the life he’d led […]

Big Ben’s Bong’s Gone Wrong*

Big Ben’s bong’s gone wrong So after all this time, they’re changing his song, The years unsurprisingly taking their toll Compromising the horological role Of a single bell with world renown, A unique and deeply historical sound, Clanging to signify the time Every quarter-hour since eighteen fifty-nine Ensuring that Londoners, at least, Need not worry […]

Smells Like Team Spirit*

I couldn’t run a race if my life depended on it. I possibly might’ve walked but I never would’ve won it, My sports education not even worth discussion: Two female teachers (one built like a Russian…!) Who stood together on the field Showing us which bat to wield And, in absence of excuse, Pointing out […]

Injunctions*

Blood is thicker than water, Implying from Day One The coulda-shoulda-oughta-* Kinda undertakings implied by genetics That, over time, hone to family polemics Passed unquestioning across generations, The unnoticed ceding of trophy vexations Urging their way to a marketable brand With nobody pausing to try and understand Just exactly how these have grown, Passively, silently, […]

The Age of Reason*

When we were young, we wanted to grow up But none of us expected to grow old. We listened to our parents and learned from our elders And generally did as we were told… When things went wrong, we found a way To put them back together Constantly re-configuring allegiance Believing we’d been clever. The […]