U KIP If U Want To*

Stand by your woman… Stand by your dame… Even if she causes you shame. Or maybe not if her misdemeanours Means you feel you can’t be seen with her In spite, perhaps, of sharing her views -Not something to declare on headline news But something, perhaps, to seriously consider, Especially if you’re not a quitter. […]

Education For All?*

For all, as a child, I ever complained About going school again and again, About homework and lessons and teachers’ tempers, About friendships and fall-outs with other class-members, I’m grateful retrospectively That the land of my birth permitted me (Not for a moment considering a choice) The right to learn and express my voice: To […]

Cause Célèbre*

It’s my birthday. A peculiar affair, Almost as if there’s nobody there. Not that I have any great expectations It’s just an inevitable situation: As anyone born in August will know Tis the annual season to rise and go Anywhere the rain won’t vex -Don’t forget the sunscreen, hats and specs! Even if only as […]

Existential Crisis*

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Forgive our human ways: We could stand on the doorstep and argue our case For a month of Sabbath days… The people heading your English church Are leaving some of us in the lurch, Citing your Word as a justification For the self-righteous eradication Of a simple, human right […]

League Division *

Every since I was a young girl I watched lads chase the ball From playground to park to stadium and even the church hall(!)¹ My father tried to interest me, my brother having failed To raise his enthusiasm for this game of Alpha Males. (That said, he followed suit with a love of ballroom dancing, […]

Own Goal?*

What a load of fuss Over a plume of hot air: A Man versus Woman Sporting affair… A casual remark Opined in humour Giving rise to outrage and defamatory rumour, The simple use of common words Distorted by criticism simply absurd All in the name of headline news -A curious and mildy questionable ruse. The […]

Double Bind*

Is sexism what it used to be? A curious question, it seems to me, Not least for the silence of assumption That regular gender-related presumption (Especially where women and girls are concerned) Is still quietly propagated, passively learned. So…whose fault is this? Who can we blame For slight, remarks, offence and shame? What do we […]