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 […]

Seagulls!!*

I’d forgotten the pull of the football season, The cave-man drive devoid of reason, Determined to be there come hell or high water Whether they win or whether they’re slaughtered Standing as one in a band of brothers Notwithstanding sisters, daughters and mothers- Soccer a more egalitarian affair- All shapes, colours and creeds are there […]

Happy Every After*

Happy Ever After- the fairy tale dream Where we sometimes forget things aren’t always as they seem, Misty-eyed wonder at fairy tale endings Forgetting that’s when we were only pretending; Forgetting that lads no longer ride horses, Glued to the Sport and 18-hole courses, These postmodern hunter-gatherer ways Sophisticated, some might say: No riding on […]

Fathers’ Day*

My dad was a remarkable man who lived below the radar, Keen not to court attention lest people thought him bizarre, Judging, as is folks’s wont, his countenance and not his grace: The colour of his skin, not the man behind the face. He told us stories when we asked about the life he’d led […]

General Election Predilection*

What makes a politician worth their salt? Capacity for rhetoric implicit with insult? A heart of gold worn plainly on a sleeve? A well-rehearsed mantra stating all they believe? A gifted orator spinning evidence for causes From the fountains of headlines imbued with applauses? A knowledge of history, present and past, Ensuring lessons learned are […]

See The Eagle And The Damage Done*

We heard you knockin’ On the White House door, We think you’re crazy But we can’t be sure… Ooh, ooh, the things to come… You hit the city And you played your hand We watched New Yorkers Try to take a stand But other Nationals, They had other plans… I’d sing the song If I could […]

Inauguration*

Never trust a man with a strawberry blond barnet¹ Without fully questioning what lies underneath it: The business of US president, an interesting precedent- A testing indictment of majority public sentiment. Too late for those who didn’t vote, A spectacular platform for others to gloat. Divide and rule, whether sinner, saint or fool, Whether prize […]