‘Tilda sold such dreadful ties That made one gasp in rude surprise Her shop was one of small repute For gentlemen requiring suits Whose knowledge of things sartorial Was really very questionable. As fashions went, she knew her stuff Collars, cardies, cuffs and ruffs Waistcoats, woollies, trews and slacks Greatcoats, Crombies, scarves and macs Elegance […]

Abstainers’ Reprieve*

There are thirty-eight shades of Prussian Blue¹ But only one of Tory: The former a personal fascination, The latter a national story… England’s green and pleasant land Now resting precariously in Teresa’s hands While questions are asked across hallowed halls About how on earth this has happened at all… The British Public making it clear […]

Happy Endings*

Cinderellas had the frocks. And Buttons? Well, he had buttons… In pill-box hat and shiny boots He never made a lot of loot, Though doubtless gained a tip or too From all the jobs he had to do, None of which are documented In Cinders’ tale, so much lamented For cruelties enacted by her sisters […]

Literary Integrity*

What makes a poet a poet? Is the writer supposed to just know it? Or is it a matter of intellectual patter -Does studying literature actually matter? Is it OK to do it My Way¹, Just scribbling ideas in idle wordplay? Tinkering with language, a freedom indeed, Well in advance of learning to read: The songs […]