Every Child Matters*

What does is mean to be special?ยน A warm sense of positive self Or the kid in the class that can’t keep up On acount of a context that has him stuck With a reputation chained to his being, This the first thing that everyone’s seeing Proud-as-you-like on documentation: Is that really authentic Inclusive Education? […]

Great Is Their Faithfulness*

Here, now, in the twenty-first century, It vexes and appals me That animals, like children, Seem to constitute a human liberty… Unless, for reasons of compassion, A ‘future owner’ may deviate from fashion And open their heart to a ‘prehomed’ creature, Need and potential the prominent features Over and above a fancy breed -It’s a […]

Parking Debacle*

That I am not a hermit Intones the need of a parking permit… An annual festival sans celebration* Of queueing at the Town Hall’s ticketing station To pay my money in a Hobson’s choice, Garageless folk here devoid of voice By the local council’s imposition Of annual permits for parking positions. And before you self-righteous […]

The Deterrence of Insurance…*

Oh, the wonderful world of vehicle insurance… A minefield demanding considerable endurance. The pawing of quotes to find the best deal Offering frankly minimal appeal, Knowing only too well from prior experience The Broker’s drive to up the expense, Little engaging with the idea That replacing the vehicle wouldn’t be that dear: Motoring snobbery just […]

Pointing the Finger*

The postmodern pencil grip Sees me wince with discomfort As though to simply hand-write Is a Herculean effort… The way young hands and fingers contort With the pain of all their internet sport: Thumbs the dominant digits these days, Depending, I suppose, on the games they play. Gone, the Hopscotch, Jacks and Five-Stones, Replaced by […]

Lost Profits*

Today’s a bit of a non-day, A non-denominational, do-what-you-want-day. Excepting perhaps for folk with small people, For whom one hopes Santa’s gift will keep all Actively engaged in new exploration With toys and games post-celebration. That is, unless the Sales are calling -A prospect I find completely appalling… Not least because of moneys spent To […]

Critical Thinking*

Is eighteen really old enough to be declared an adult…? Elevated status adding injury to insult, The Right to Buy, Wed, Vote, and more Suddenly simultaneously laid at your door: A veritable chocolate box of infinite variety, Gifted on assumptions of a grasp of propriety… Knowing, in the modern, common-sense way of living It’s more […]