Gift Horse*

It’s beginning to look too much like Christmas… Oh, deary me. Costly bargains and tacky decorations as far as the eye can see! People of all ages gathering momentum Making lists and squaring up -If there’s bargains to be had, they’ll find ’em. Queues along the pavements as broad as they’re long While in the […]

All Hallows Eve*

  Ah, Halloween, Where have your been, Your ghosts and grievances for a year unseen? And strangely, with centuries, metamorphosed Into parades of characters exotically morose, Caught between children’s costumed collections Of treats and practical insurrections, And references to deep tradition Of prayer and private contemplation. To bang on the doors of friends and neighbours […]

One Little Word*

No Means NO. Not ‘hang on! -Just a mo…’ No Means Not at all And most certainly not Go. Which part of that Is beyond comprehension? Which part inviting Unsolicited attention? Which part of ‘No’ In any situation Is an open invitation To sexual violation?   * http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/entertainment-arts-41587741/jez-butterworth-s-message-to-harvey-weinstein https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/oct/11/the-allegations-against-harvey-weinstein-what-we-know-so-far http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/11/entertainment/terry-crews-sexual-harassment/index.html https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/23/stress-anxiety-fuel-mental-health-crisis-girls-young-women https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/20/one-in-four-girls-have-depression-by-the-time-they-hit-14-study-reveals http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/mentalhealth/Pages/Dealingwithlowself-esteem.aspx http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Sexualhealth/Pages/Sexualassault.aspx  

The 3 Rs *

Parents, Teach your children to know their boundaries, To distinguish the their wrongs from their rights And, knowing they are loved unconditionally, To judge when to run and when, fight. The business of childhood learning Is more complex than ever before, The relentless spread of the mobile phone Both commended and abhorred, This portable technology […]

British Summer Time*

Holidays. it seems Are really not that restful… All the energy required to make them feel successful- Planning a kind of home-from-home No matter how much we aspire to roam. Packing for every possible event Whether in hotel, apartment or tent. Footwear and waterproofs enter the bargain Hoping for sunshine and expecting the rain… Stalwart […]

Injunctions*

Blood is thicker than water, Implying from Day One The coulda-shoulda-oughta-* Kinda undertakings implied by genetics That, over time, hone to family polemics Passed unquestioning across generations, The unnoticed ceding of trophy vexations Urging their way to a marketable brand With nobody pausing to try and understand Just exactly how these have grown, Passively, silently, […]

Freedom of Information*

It’s a well-known but little-acknowledged fact That technology can steadily do you harm, The business of manual communication Too readily disarmed… The humble pencil (bless its heart) No longer an essential part Of every child’s ABC, The luxury of technology Now commonplace and superseding Basic skills, and so impeding Fallback capabilities That have no need […]