Faith, Hope and Gravity*

My mother didn’t know me when I saw her yesterday. There’s really very little else to say -At least, by way of comment, For as much as I lament The fact she did not know my name, The situation will not change. The childlike innocence in her eyes Mixed with clouded adult pride, Knowing in […]

Gift Horse*

It’s beginning to look too much like Christmas… Oh, deary me. Costly bargains and tacky decorations as far as the eye can see! People of all ages gathering momentum Making lists and squaring up -If there’s bargains to be had, they’ll find ’em. Queues along the pavements as broad as they’re long While in the […]

Acceptance*

If we feared ‘Strangers’ less and took time to acknowledge That, yes, they’re not party to certain knowledge, If we made ourselves available instead of unassailable And recognised the value of potential contributions, Would that perhaps enable more creative solutions? The building of bridges with hope and expectation A singular contribution to the Future of […]

All Hallows Eve*

  Ah, Halloween, Where have your been, Your ghosts and grievances for a year unseen? And strangely, with centuries, metamorphosed Into parades of characters exotically morose, Caught between children’s costumed collections Of treats and practical insurrections, And references to deep tradition Of prayer and private contemplation. To bang on the doors of friends and neighbours […]

Diamond Life*

Auntie Paulette, Uncle Ray, Congratulations on this special day- Sixty years of life together, Whatever the climate, whatever the weather: A lesson in Love and much as in Life For any potential husband and wife That vows made all those years before, Have stayed their course for six decades more. Love, a many-splendid thing, An […]

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 […]

Fathers’ Day*

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 man behind the face. He told us stories when we asked about the life he’d led […]