Injunctions*

Blood is thicker than water, Implying from Day One The coulda-shoulda-oughta-* Kinda undertakings implied by genetics That, over time, hone to family polemics Passed unquestioning across generations, The unnoticed ceding of trophy vexations Urging their way to a marketable brand With nobody pausing to try and understand Just exactly how these have grown, Passively, silently, […]

A Lesson In The Life*

#1- Introduction Waiting. Waiting. Not hesitating. Just waiting… Not for Godot, Though though goodness knows It would be quite something if he shows… Almost as much of a feat, I’d guess, As me avoiding making a mess (!) A trail of practical debris the clue To things I think I’d rather do Than sit. Just […]

Sexagenarian (!)*

Happy Birthday, Mr Macgregor You’re ageing well, you beggar! Your teeth, no doubt a tad behind Your ever-overactive mind; You hair, a modern mystery Long since confined to history, Leaving one and all to guess What you’ve never yet confessed… The tale of its whereabouts: Did you shave it off Or did it just fall […]

Cultural Contentment*

Happiness! -Happiness? The British said to show it less Than Holland’s more contented folk: This not incentive for a joke, No more a homage to Ken Dodd¹ (Who made a name playing funny-and-odd) But something more reflective Grown from government invective: Decisions sealed as legally binding Are, it seems we’re increasingly finding, Shaping our lively […]

A New Year Revelation…*

If Christmas is for the children Are we not all kids at heart, Nervous in our silence For the hope of a fresh start? Worried for the trail we leave With others bound to follow, Just as we’ve done all our lives And will do again tomorrow… The stuff of human learning A job that’s […]

Traditional Tables*

Isn’t there a hint of pre-emptive defeat When we purchase a gift And keep the receipt, Sensing in our heads the likelihood That what we’ve chosen won’t be any good…? Not the style or colour or thing That our nearest and dearest Hoped Santa would bring But rather something not quite on trend That might […]

Developmental Psychology*

When I was a child, I thought like a child.¹ Curious, quizzical, just occasionally wild… Well protected in the safety of home, Granted the freedom to question and roam, With friends in play and trees to climb, Asking questions all the time, Exploring with innocent curiosity Anything, everything, open to me. Defined adolescent from age […]