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 […]

Sports Day*

Sports Day… A muffled hooray Belying an inner sense of dismay, The prospect of showing how very unable I ever was in a competitive stable. Couldn’t do anything sporty at all, Except perhaps an inelegant fall… My ‘sports education’, if you’d call it that, To be given a ball and sometimes a bat And simply […]

A Lesson In The Life*

#1- Introduction Waiting. Waiting. Not hesitating. Just waiting… Not for Godot, Though though goodness knows It would be quite something if he shows… Almost as much of a feat, I’d guess, As me avoiding making a mess (!) A trail of practical debris the clue To things I think I’d rather do Than sit. Just […]

See The Eagle And The Damage Done*

We heard you knockin’ On the White House door, We think you’re crazy But we can’t be sure… Ooh, ooh, the things to come… You hit the city And you played your hand We watched New Yorkers Try to take a stand But other Nationals, They had other plans… I’d sing the song If I could […]

Reveille for the USA*

Woe is the World… This President Elect The one whom few will ever forget, Not so much for his politics As arrogant, headline-grabbing antics…¹ Unless, in fact, this is media selection: Whether to damage or simply court correction. The former perhaps the most obvious plan, Constructing the downfall of a questionable man. Creating a backdraft […]

Barking Parking*

Like many here, I park my car From whence I hope it’s not too far To haul my sleep-depriv-èd mass To school in reasonable time for class, Noting with increased concern How busy people seldom learn That other folk around them share The morning’s daily parking scare… The urgency to not be late Declining us […]

Dear Dentist*

Torn between new magazines And the wall-mounted TV screen, I started to appreciate The challenge you face as a focus of hate… Your impeccably stylish waiting room Small comfort in this place of doom Where highly trained professionals Attend with care to all things dental; Those childhood fears thought long abated Unwittingly instantly recreated, With […]