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 […]

Folklore Fiasco*

Adam had an appleĀ 1 And so did William Tell:2 You can probably guess already Which story ended well, The Biblical stalwart, a curious model For all that could happen for good or for ill, Scrumping the fruit and then in regret, Giving it to the only woman he had ever met. Will by contrast a […]

British Summer Time*

Holidays. it seems Are really not that restful… All the energy required to make them feel successful- Planning a kind of home-from-home No matter how much we aspire to roam. Packing for every possible event Whether in hotel, apartment or tent. Footwear and waterproofs enter the bargain Hoping for sunshine and expecting the rain… Stalwart […]

Freedom of Information*

It’s a well-known but little-acknowledged fact That technology can steadily do you harm, The business of manual communication Too readily disarmed… The humble pencil (bless its heart) No longer an essential part Of every child’s ABC, The luxury of technology Now commonplace and superseding Basic skills, and so impeding Fallback capabilities That have no need […]

Wear Sunscreen*

Summer time And the Nation’s obsessed With the simple prospect of how to dress, Chaps (to be fair) having limited voice: Shorts versus slacks not much of a choice. Women, though, seem to lose all sense Of how wearing too little may cause offence, Bra straps and worse to be seen from all sides A […]

Live It: Learn It*

Don’t patronise my imperfections… These are no more foibles than predilections Just simple, everyday human mistakes On account of the kind of diversions I take. This inbuilt safety feature, in fact The thing that keeps me mentally intact Idling in an atmosphere Of facts, fictions and preset ideas. There’s space in my head with room […]

Dirt*

In the beginning, To distract fromĀ life, Gardening was my sanctuary Through a period of strife Until, by gradual degree, I found my way to recovery, The simple business of playing with dirt A peaceful way to heal the hurt. Quiet contentment with few distractions (Before discovering poetic redaction) Communing with Nature, observing her ways, This […]