Uphill Struggle*

I walked for my father, my mother, my aunt And for all this, in the end I still can’t Reconcile myself to the fate of each, Watching their lives dissolve out of reach, Leaving behind a mind devoided. If only this could have been avoided. But there, I suppose, the singular lesson That human life […]

Unconditional *

My mother always cared for me With love, strength and dignity From first moments of infancy Til well into my adulthood, Shielding me from the painful Celebrating with the good. Always there when called upon To pick me up and dust me down, Unwritten in her undertaking The stepping back, the mending, making, Knowing when […]

Sunshine & Solitude*

I scroll through my emails from habit Hoping quielty for something to read, Wading through spam in frustration At just how easy it is to plead… To launch a cause into the ether To capture attention web-wide Entreating strangers to sign and share Without much sense of pride. A name and viable email address Are […]

Sartorial Shenanigans*

Shopping for clothes… An evolutionary human habit? An eye for a bargain? No thinking- just grab it? Seen it in a magazine or on the back of a passer by? “It’s absolutely what I need- just not really quite sure why…” Seeing it now in a retail outlet, with lightning reflex and just gotta have […]

‘Tis The Season*

We’re walking in the air 1 -At least, we would if we were there, Hand in hand with with a giant snowman To the fading tones of the Sally Army Band, 2 Flying high above the mayhem Of general Christmas preparation… Hoards of shoppers with endless lists Downplaying the voices as children insist They absolutely must procure […]

Hokey Cokey*

May versus Sturgeon? -Let’s hope there’s a surgeon Standing by the ring-side watching the show As their hokey-cokey argument continues to grow Over how to decide the future of relations Between two conjoined stalwart nations Ego-deep in arguments of rhetoric Each in their way articulate and politic, Carefully coiffed with twinsets and pearls Details reducing […]

City Spectres*

In the bleak midwinter, As we wrap ourselves up warm And whack up the heating Averting hypothermal harm, Is there space for a moment’s thought For those checked in at the Last Resort Who spend their nights in renegade places, Tucked in a shop front averting their faces? A few possessions placed out of range, […]