Self Defeat*

Girls, girls, girls How has your place in this world Regressed beyond all recognition In the face of media competition Over just about everything From what to say to what to sing; From what to wear, how to style your hair, To how and what and whether to share The most intimate of personal details […]

Existential Crisis*

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Forgive our human ways: We could stand on the doorstep and argue our case For a month of Sabbath days… The people heading your English church Are leaving some of us in the lurch, Citing your Word as a justification For the self-righteous eradication Of a simple, human right […]

Wear Sunscreen*

Summer time And the Nation’s obsessed With the simple prospect of how to dress, Chaps (to be fair) having limited voice: Shorts versus slacks not much of a choice. Women, though, seem to lose all sense Of how wearing too little may cause offence, Bra straps and worse to be seen from all sides A […]

Abstainers’ Reprieve*

There are thirty-eight shades of Prussian Blue¹ But only one of Tory: The former a personal fascination, The latter a national story… England’s green and pleasant land Now resting precariously in Teresa’s hands While questions are asked across hallowed halls About how on earth this has happened at all… The British Public making it clear […]

The Count *

Does having the right to vote Truly float your political boat? Or is it a bore, an unwanted chore To step from your orbit So’s not to forfeit Rights to independent social choice…? -Can you hear the sound of your political voice Clearing its throat in an uncertain tone Desperate to articulate rather than moan? […]

Live It: Learn It*

Don’t patronise my imperfections… These are no more foibles than predilections Just simple, everyday human mistakes On account of the kind of diversions I take. This inbuilt safety feature, in fact The thing that keeps me mentally intact Idling in an atmosphere Of facts, fictions and preset ideas. There’s space in my head with room […]

Balanced Riot*

How much does it really matter That Britain’s children are getting fatter…? Who’s responsible for the shift From taking the stairs to riding the lift? Who takes the rap for a sedentary lot With a whole generation sat on its bot Poking and stroking electronic screens Eating junk food while eschewing their greens? Who takes […]