Manpower*

Give a man a problem and leave him to solve it. Give him a dispute and hope he’ll resolve it. Give a man book and teach him to read Give him opportunity and help him achieve. Give him a computer and leave him to play, Finding out all sorts of things to feed his idle […]

Pre-Christmas Chaos*

‘Tis the season of chaos-born fantasy‚Ķ Frantic shopping an inevitability With last minute touches still to be found In spite of the urge to flee from the town. High Streets rivalling the M25 With hordes of pedestrians grappling to survive, Dragging their children and multiple bags, The joy on all faces beginning to sag, Caught […]

Receipt Deceit*

Christmas is coming – Just in case you cannot tell… Streets jammed solid with serial shoppers, A particular personal hell: People walking side by side Clutching their carrier bags with pride, Glowing with gentle thoughts of hope For this year’s gift -No more ‘soap-on-a-rope(!) Or Dad’s Favourite Aftershave (To be fair, he’d never felt that […]

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 […]

Educational Exhaustion*

*Expletive deleted*- I’m tired! Like somebody’s cut my wires. If I sit still for too much longer, I will’ve formally expired… My head is full of nothing, All capacities diminished: The week all done and dusted And me, completely finished. Nothing’s rhyming, Nothing’s right I certainly haven’t the will to fight But would happily lay […]

Safety in Numbers? *

Do I take my rights for granted? Yes, perhaps I do- Like fish with no concept of water Or animals with no sense of the zoo… I learned from sometimes painful experience Of mine and others’ making; From Trial-and-Improvement as much as Mistaking. Guidance and admonishment were also active partners Resourcing me to manage the […]

Happy Every After*

Happy Ever After- the fairy tale dream Where we sometimes forget things aren’t always as they seem, Misty-eyed wonder at fairy tale endings Forgetting that’s when we were only pretending; Forgetting that lads no longer ride horses, Glued to the Sport and 18-hole courses, These postmodern hunter-gatherer ways Sophisticated, some might say: No riding on […]