Seasonal Slumber*

There are just a few signs of spring in my yard: The earth still resting, clogged and hard With weeds of all sorts taking up the challenge To wreak their bold, unfettered revenge, Presuming (rightly, one might suppose) They’ll see no trouble from the rose, A plant of sentimental worth While firmly rooted in the […]

The Power of Two*

Partnership is the greatest teacher, Walking side by side on an open road: No route map, compass, guiding star, Unspoken trust therein bestowed. Each one mindful of the other, The will to journey, a mutual endeavour. Cautious and gentle, the growth of ties, As each mind with the other tries To fathom some interpretation From […]

Resolution Resolution*

Well, how’s yer head this winter’s morning With the the first day of the New Year dawning…? Champagne bottles and streamers strewn Across the space in every room; Corks lying dormant, their job well done Having popped from those bottles to toast Day One As January returns, an open door, Offering a whisper of hope […]

Educational Exhaustion*

*Expletive deleted*- I’m tired! Like somebody’s cut my wires. If I sit still for too much longer, I will’ve formally expired… My head is full of nothing, All capacities diminished: The week all done and dusted And me, completely finished. Nothing’s rhyming, Nothing’s right I certainly haven’t the will to fight But would happily lay […]


In these times of adversity. The gifts of diversity Will doubtless pass unnoticed In the face of silent protest, Actions speaking louder than words Delivered with dignity, Demanding to be heard. Prevailing sense of difference Dissolved as a defence As people from all corners Come together as mourners: To rationalise, to pray To exorcise their […]

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 […]