Surveillance*

Facial Recognition Technology* Would seem to need ophthalmology… And possible further intervening With thorough and detailed memory screening The stuff imagined in Seventies sci-fi, Apparently now scanning you and I And like an aged uncle or aunt, Not at all keen to be told it can’t… LIke a tourist armed with video facility Eager to […]

Think Ink*

Teachers with tattoos. A visible state of affairs to bemuse Not because I’m a Puritan, Anymore than I’m arguably old by comparison: It’s more a moral question of sorts About private lives and public thoughts… Standing as a role model by dint of profession, Is ink-on-skin a display of unspoken confession? However bold and beautiful, […]

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 […]

The Mythology of Technology*

They gave me a laptop and bade me, ‘Type!’ It’s really only now I reflect on the hype: The status of technology Supposedly empowering me Missing fundamentally The point. To write by hand May be not so grand, All higgledy-piggle With the strokes and wiggles, Crossings out and spelling mistakes But [expletive deleted] it’s the […]

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 […]

School’s Out*

To those of you in Education, I bid you a singularly restful vacation, Albeit rather compact in size, -So best leave no room for compromise…(!) ‘Tis well-deserved by all accounts, This week seeing exhaustion mount As students find new energy To counterbalance staff lethargy, With only hours left to go Until it’s time to close […]

I.T.dium*

They spent all their money on moose heads…1 At least, that’s how it seems, As though Information Technology’s The only way to realise dreams. They’ve blown the budget big time With things Eee-lectronic Too young to remember the Power Cuts Or maybe just worn laconic The weight of ambition An ignominious disposition, The drive for […]