Face It*

Too many hight profile women on TV Are turning their wealth to surgery,* The worst of it being that they cannot see Just how odd their plasticity Appears from sofas countrywide, As though they’ve far too much to hide: Not least the confidence viewers revered That’s plainly somehow disappeared. This newly crafted carapace That shines […]

Evolutionary Existentialism*

It seems in equal measures Both inevitable and tragic That Man, the Guardian of the Planet, Has woven a selfish kind of magic. The trundling sense of ‘evolution’ A driven endeavour to seek solutions Leading, over centuries, To the scourging of forests and wasting of trees, Pollution of waters, erosion of land, Only now realising […]

Sporting Sensitivities*

Is there any sense of personal growth To be gained through the ancient art of Sloth? A sin, in the order of godly actions Even in spite of a satisfaction Grown from the doing of nothing at all, Explicitly including the watching of football…* Inglorious, slothful passivity A quietly pleasurable activity: Time inclined to wishful […]

Every Child Matters*

What does is mean to be special?¹ A warm sense of positive self Or the kid in the class that can’t keep up On acount of a context that has him stuck With a reputation chained to his being, This the first thing that everyone’s seeing Proud-as-you-like on documentation: Is that really authentic Inclusive Education? […]

Man Versus Machine*

Consider this… How much money would be saved If employers and schools could just be brave Enough to invoke traditional skills To replace the therapy and popping of pills To ‘cure’ ‘conditions’ of body and mind By setting out to realign Selves and souls and expectations To a more pragmatic realisation That work isn’t only […]

Descartes for the Disinclined*

Peer pressure. Pressure from peers? Or pressure from more insideous sources Indirectly calling on financial resources To pay for physical characteristics To be remodelled to look ‘fantastic’, A construct too much in the media’s court, Suggesting all manner of overt self-harm Without so much of a sense of alarm As a reflex response to ‘current […]

Lewes Sings Goodbye*

Karen -and fellow choristers from all over the place,¹ Do you ever quietly marvel at the way we all keep pace? Do you privately pause to ponder the distance we’d actually travel, In the moment quite incredulous how rarely we unravel…?(!) In unison, step-clapping on the two and the four, Making our mark on the […]