Plate Spinning*

I used to be good at spinning plates… The kind of business that plainly negates Paying attention in any great detail As much as being seen to quite publicly fail As one goes wobbly and another hits the ground With that shard-splitting, eye-watering, shattering sound And EVERYBODY stops in their tracks Swiftly thereafter turning their […]

Performance Anxiety*

  I am the cartoon cat on the mat That, no matter how I’m sat, Would appear to be wrong to someone observing: A prospect both petulant and unnerving, As though I flatly refuse to conform All for the business of filling in forms. An exercise imperative To quantify what I have to give By […]


On days so cold When the forecast unfolds And it’s finally beyond doubt That winter is here with a job to do. Wrap up warm before you go out… Be prepared to get stuck in the snow (Depending where you’re hoping to go) Pack your Nan’s hand-knitted balaclava Just in case of the standard palaver; […]


What on earth is happening in children’s lives To motivate minors to carry knives? Weapons of indeterminate destruction Insidious in their powers of seduction: Adults, parents, professionals, public, Struggling to rationalise the rubric. -Feeding violent fantasies of power? -The thrill of seeing the underdog cower? For what…? For a reputation that sets them apart. As […]


Life. Love. Learning. Laughter. Things to remember In the happy-ever-after. First steps, first calls, First stumble, first falls, First Going-Out nights, First fights and made-rights. Each governed with love and determination To learn for the better from a tough situation. A legacy crafted by patient degree, By parents setting their offspring free To find their […]

Sedentary Sympathy*

Children In Need Once again succeeds To raise epic amounts of money: The TV campaign With the verve of champagne And famous folk being funny… Dear Reader, forgive my cynicism Splitting the spotlight as it exits the prism Into a rainbow of unasked questions Arising in spite of creative suggestions For fun and challenge and […]

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 […]