Secret History*

My dad was a remarkable man Who lived below the radar Keen not to court attention Lest people thought him bizarre, Judging, as is folks’s wont, His countenance and not his grace The colour of his skin Not the mind behind his face. He told us stories when we asked About the life he’d led […]

The Age of Reason*

When we were young, we wanted to grow up But none of us expected to grow old. We listened to our parents and learned from our elders And generally did as we were told… When things went wrong, we found a way To put them back together Constantly re-configuring allegiance Believing we’d been clever. The […]

Gestalt*

Trust. A quality that binds us In the ordinariness of things. The watching and the waiting, The inevitable vacillating, The trials and tribulations, Of unexpected stings. The unspoken given Of the space in between ¹ A simple acknowledgement Of the places we’ve been; Journeys planned and unplanned, With rocks on the tarmac, The kind of […]

Eye Witness*

They also serve who only stand and film, Capturing human behaviour across the realm Mindful that  possible fame may result -Or is that, perhaps, unwarranted insult Given the modern capacity For filmic perspicacity…? Mobile phones, a social scourge Publicising our every urge, The prospect of just five minutes of fame The heart of this self-motivating […]

Let Them Eat Cake*

Cake in the staff room, The sit, chat and laugh room, Sat on the pastiche eighties chairs Reflecting on the day’s affairs: Coffee and banter (The occasional ranter!) Holding a mirror To our collective endeavour: A space for debriefing, Reflection and reprieving, What to do next time And when to walk away. Students improving (A […]

Authenticity

Time waits for no man, Or so I am told- The subtext suggesting we’ll all grow old If we are lucky enough to survive The multiple rigours of modern life: The chaps with the challenge of baldness and worse And women facing outcomes just as tough to reverse While from this fragile inevitability Emerges an […]

Sense, Nonsense and Pedagogical Illogic*

I work hard for a living. CV See me. Don’t see What you want to see Just because You saw my age Embedded somewhere On the page. See the things That I’ve achieved. Qualifications. Expertise. Commitment. Endurance. Tricks with a staple gun, Never before or since been done… Three-D constructions with paper and string: Did […]