Save water!! -Bath with a friend…? I think not, although that may depend On being allowed to bath at all, Given the absense of recent rainfall: A peculiar sense of deja nada Making things seem that much harder, Doesn’t this happen too frequently Or is that just my memory…? Especially recalling ’76 ‘Phew, wot 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 […]

Summer in the City*

A model of the pier A stick of Brighton rock A bargain from Primark A genuine linen frock… Chips on the seafront While seagulls parade -Don’t look now: Be very afraid… Those beady eyes and polished beaks Surveying the humans, those sideshow freaks Walking along like Kings of the Prom Without so much as a […]

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 […]


The sun has got his hat on, Hip hip hip hooray! Everybody everywhere With so much on display… An annual manifestation Of our sun-deprived nation, Every body happy In assorted states of grace- This the time of year When fashion changes pace. Absolutely anything goes From covered to near-naked As sun-starved solar worshippers Prepare to […]

Wear Sunscreen*

We’re all going on a summer holiday!¹ General Excitement plays Abject Disarray… The musing and choosing and strewing of garments A very particular sartorial torment, The What-Will-The-Weather-Be-Like conversations, In spite of all published information. The default position of British hope For something akin to minor sun-stoke, Lobster-red, mixing pleasure and pain (While silently vowing not […]

Travelling Travails

We were all going on s summer holiday. But Border Controls’ve got in the way… All the best laid plans laid waste Seeing as how we’re stuck in one place, Unable to move in any direction On account of Controllers’ insurrection.¹ The journey so far’s been reasonably quiet The kids not yet incited to riot, […]