Personal Space*

It seems to me That a hand on the knee, However modestly placed, If there without clear invitation Is frankly in plain bad taste. Although, to be fair, I wasn’t actually there: The problem in turn, speculation… That’s raised a fair few eyebrows, I’m sure, With its tone of expectation- Which brings the whole historical […]

Abstainers’ Reprieve*

There are thirty-eight shades of Prussian Blue¹ But only one of Tory: The former a personal fascination, The latter a national story… England’s green and pleasant land Now resting precariously in Teresa’s hands While questions are asked across hallowed halls About how on earth this has happened at all… The British Public making it clear […]

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 […]

Fake Philosophy*

I’m slightly bemused By the stuff of ‘fake news’,¹ The Blustering hurrumphs Of the Trumpety-Trump. The People, it seems by all accounts, Believing every syllable thus pronounced Is God’s honest heart-felt gospel fact -Accompanied by threats of a weapons attack. While the very same media has Kim Jong Un With his finger hovering a similar […]

Crossfire

From the safety of distance I struggle to understand Something of what motivates The violence of Man, The drive to make a statement By the seizing of lives, The violating of childhood, The raping of wives, While we in our armchairs Can watch the scenes unfold In Technicolor real-time And Helvetica (bold). It’s hard to […]

Secrets and Lies*

The problem with secrets is nobody knows, Confusion emerging with boundaries imposed Round the leaking of things They want to expose To keep Joe Public right on his toes Alongside a curious political ritual Selectively locking down things more Official. The Press complicit in setting the scene With news editorial carefully preened Each contributor honing […]

Influenza Cadenza*

I haven’t had the flu Though I think it’s overdue- The kids in school all vaccinated A week or so ago… Thus begun the sneezing The snotting and the wheezing, Nothing very serious, though- Just so you know: Just enough to reassure It’s all-systems-go With medical protection For all of them that have it And, […]