Tagged*

What’s is a name? -Is it pride or shame? Is it your moniker That governs your fame? Or is your tagging The reason for lagging Behind in the workplace By implication of race? A curious question Of modern times, The stealth of selection A silent crime; Allegations quiet and clear Suggesting that might happen here- […]

Square Dance*

Boris Johnson. What a guy…!¹ Kind of looks his victims in the eye, A sideways glance from beneath that fringe Enough to make the most stalwart cringe… Clearly a well-bred, educated gent In certain circles (whatever that meant) -Whatever his moniker might suggest ‘Bout a foppishly arrogant egotist With all the social empathy Of one […]

Mission, Vision and Values*

Is sexism what it used to be? A curious question, it seems to me, Not least for the silence of assumption That regular gender-related presumption (Especially where women and girls are concerned) Is still silently propagated, passively learned. So…whose fault is this? Who can we blame For slight, remarks, offence and shame? What do we […]

Media Studies

  Dear BBC, In the light of your well -reputed coverage I can’t help but notice the greater-than-average Pictorial placement of Men In The News,* This daily scenario set to confuse, Bamboozle even, the girls and the women Who also hold valid political opinion But somehow seem less worthy of place: Call me a Feminist […]

Saturday Sporting Saga

Television prime time? His choice, never mine. Though I’ve learned to tolerate The very thing I used to hate. Angered at the over-ruling Of Saturday’s terrestrial TV scheduling I’ve silently absorbed the games And even some more-famous names, The strategies, the ways to foul, Tantrums, throwing in the towel. Sign language and lip reading Help […]

Apophasis*

Dichotomy. A weirdly human proclivity… A mathematical mystery Of division into two categories, The human drive to separate, Define and even segregate, Seeking a means of classification In order to assign Rights of participation. In-group Out-group Shake-it-all-about-group Cluster Collection Potential insurrection, The implication Of social station Sometime resulting in disapprobation: Male versus Female, the timeless […]

Upstanding Advantage

We’re back in space. There’s no longer a race To waft about in this mystical place. More a sense of steadfastness Returning to the infinite vastness, A steady kind of confidence That comes sans subtext of self-defence. Or so They’d have us understand While things up there proceed as planned, The Awe and Wonder hard […]