Hope…*

Imagine there’s a heaven: A place disposed to all, Irrespective of each calling, Each epiphany, each fall. The ways we tear ourselves apart By race, by colour, creed- Yet when the cuts run deep How differently do we bleed? How are you by faith defined -By garments, virtue, open mind? By doctrine or by dogmatism […]

Remember, Remember…*

Remember, remember, the 5th of November: Gunpowder, treason and plot! The reasons for this incendiary occasion These days, mostly forgot… The enduring interest in fireworks A sedimented, celebratory quirk: The setting of pyres, an inclination Inherent in men of all generations1    Something primal sedimented Into a habit no longer contended. The spark of ancient […]

Grace*

Turns out we can prove anything with science From evolutionary genesis to rights of military defiance, The human drive for evidence A raison d’etre in our defence, Proving the pudding with vital consumption Tempered with a measure of righteous assumption, This, the way that History is born: Those who speak loudest leading the dawn While […]

Smells Like Team Spirit*

I couldn’t run a race if my life depended on it. I possibly might’ve walked but I never would’ve won it, My sports education not even worth discussion: Two female teachers (one built like a Russian…!) Who stood together on the field Showing us which bat to wield And, in absence of excuse, Pointing out […]

Teamwork *

So close- And yet, sooo far… A situation quite bizarre The inching of the summer term Like a weary, half-anaesthetised earthworm, The rise and fall of its linear form a curiously modest endeavour: Unpleasant to touch and doesn’t do much And is not, apparently, clever…. -Not that you’d really be able to see Without protracted […]

Footprints*

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 […]