Blades

What on earth is happening in children’s lives To motivate minors to carry knives? Weapons of indeterminate destruction Insidious in their powers of seduction: Adults, parents, professionals, public, Struggling to rationalise the rubric. -Feeding violent fantasies of power? -The thrill of seeing the underdog cower? For what…? For a reputation that sets them apart. As […]

Rights, Wrongs and Registration*

Donald the President went to town On members of the voting public Gritting his teeth and squinting his eyes Intoning a look of self-righteous surprise -Or have I simply misread the signs And all the misgivings are in my own mind..? It isn’t as though I’m American Or pledge allegience to the Flag, Its just, […]

Constitutional Wrong? *

Bang-bang! Pop-pop! You’re dead-I’m not… But I watched what you did On the television news, Your story yet another To sadden and bemuse. Spraying headlines like bullets Across the western world, The Star Spangled Banner There limply unfurled. The Right To Bear Arms Doing little but harm, Empowering the weak And shredding the calm. Feeding […]

J’accuse*

If you never say ‘No’ Then how do you know That you can’t? If you never refuse Can you argue J’accuse When the absence of negation Leaves you in a situation To which you’d been quietly hoping You wouldn’t get roped in, In spite of your silence And thoughts of violence Contemplating the prospect Of […]

Home Comfort*

Do you remember the Good Old Days? The shared simplicity of outdoor play, Of meeting your mates to ride your bikes Of skipping and hopscotch and diamond kites? Of reading and writing and learning to spell, Of nans and grandads with stories to tell Of playing out with kids down the street, Of being polite […]

May/Dismay*

At first, she was stalwart, took the Leavers’ side Kept thinking she and hers could live sans Europe by their side She spent so many words trying hard to persuade Tory politicians Along with various aids. And now she’d vexed, like Humpty Dumpty Falt’ring at the helm like some nautical numpty She should have listened […]

License to Kill*

The right to bare arms, While intended to calm, With the passing of decades Intones only harm. It’s hard to imagine From over the water Why a nation should sanction Free license to slaughter. America, America, Can you sense the consternation Spreading out across the pond From other concerned nations? -Those who never made that […]