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 […]


Planet Earth is getting restless with her tenants. Their behaviour by degree increasingly repellent, From casual misuse to abject abuse And only now making headline news As humans, the arbiters of this decline, Awake to find they’re the next in line: Ecologists’ gently persistent voices Arbiters of now well-publcised choices To plough green spaces into […]

The Phwoar War*

More money, less cry!¹ -Or so the wealthy would imply, Their right to an infinite annual salary Weirdly protected by lack of transparency, Underwritten by the BBC, Benefactors of the public license fee Stunningly obdurate in their view That male employees are far better value Than their females counterparts,, Mostly employed to show body parts… […]

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? […]

General Election Predilection*

What makes a politician worth their salt? Capacity for rhetoric implicit with insult? A heart of gold worn plainly on a sleeve? A well-rehearsed mantra stating all they believe? A gifted orator spinning evidence for causes From the fountains of headlines imbued with applauses? A knowledge of history, present and past, Ensuring lessons learned are […]


Slacktivism¹. Now there’s a word To captivate the passive-absurd: A sociological construct nouveau Applied to people we, all of us, know. Restless, the knowledge in our heads Of all that we have ever said In open response to those social causes Brought about by negative forces; Wrought by nature, wrought by Man,² Enacting some or […]

National Shame

The National Game Is wrought with shame And desperately seeking someone to blame, Closing ranks on its own excesses While glorifying past successes, Players being played a small nations GNP And for WHAT?? I really struggle to see! For a die-hard reductionist, There’s got to be more to sport than this Women, if you’re not […]