Don’t dismiss me- Please forgive me Leaving this so late: Odds on you’re comfortably Continuing to celebrate…? (Which, I hope, might let me off The hook to some degree, Today the only chance I’ve had To just catch up, you see: Staying indoors, staring at walls, And toying with hibernation In utter, self-confessed laziness, On […]


What does it mean to be ‘older’ In this twenty-first century world? Is it as simple as wrinkles And hair styles permanently curled? -Or, if you’re a chap, trying to slow the fate of a gradually revealing, well-shined pate..? A disposition it’s hard to imagine As successive generations grapple with fashion, Opportunities to help them […]

Faith, Hope and Gravity*

My mother didn’t know me when I saw her yesterday. There’s really very little else to say -At least, by way of comment, For as much as I lament The fact she did not know my name, The situation will not change. The childlike innocence in her eyes Mixed with clouded adult pride, Knowing in […]

Great Expectations*

I’ve long come to the conclusion That there’s rising cause for confusion In the popular notion that Man has power To protect every animal, tree and flower Through work in the name of conservation -A complicated situation, Somehow misrepresenting the fact That whatever we do, we can never go back: We can never revoke the […]

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 […]

Goods and Chattels*

There’s a sudden rise in tension On the business of workplace pensions, The Laws of Olde maintaining a line That not being wed is far from fine; Those years, decades, of solid commitment Deemed by some to be insufficient, Simply for the lack of a permanent contract From which, it appears, so many retract Finding […]


Time waits for no man, Or so I am told- The subtext suggesting we’ll all grow old If we are lucky enough to survive The multiple rigours of modern life: The chaps with the challenge of baldness and worse And women facing outcomes just as tough to reverse While from this fragile inevitability Emerges an […]