After the Happy Every After*

  I saw my ex-husband on the bus yesterday * And this time resolved to break the silence. Twenty years, time enough to heal And little, if anything, left to resent. The zone of recovery in between A journey of necessity, Learning day-by-day to survive, Repairing the damaged mess of me. Finding, with time, the […]

Belated*

Don’t dismiss me- Please forgive me Leaving this so late: Odds on you’re comfortably Continuing to celebrate…? (Which, I hope, might let me off The hook to some degree, Today the only chance I’ve had To just catch up, you see: Staying indoors, staring at walls, And toying with hibernation In utter, self-confessed laziness, On […]

Auld Lang Syne*

With this being the back-end of twenty-seventeen, What will you say about where you’ve been…? Did you achieve all you promised you would? -Is if fair to say all was basically good With no real need to further confess, Those little things in need of redress?? -Unless, of course, you’re choosing to share In order […]

Great Expectations*

I’ve long come to the conclusion That there’s rising cause for confusion In the popular notion that Man has power To protect every animal, tree and flower Through work in the name of conservation -A complicated situation, Somehow misrepresenting the fact That whatever we do, we can never go back: We can never revoke 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 […]

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 […]

Boredom and Disorder*

Lord, I am bored With this six week summer vacation An open-ended stretch of weeks With way more troughs than actual peeks, What with everyone else I know Having jobs where they choose when not to go: A day off here, a morning there, At times of rest when in need of self-care. Reaping the […]