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 […]

Dignity and Decline*

My mum is in a twilight zone: Happy in company, lost on her own, Somehow dissolving with the passage of time Returning to dependence in her silent decline. Happy enough to be part of the crowd Only if we speak up loud, Though she always looks attentive -Quite a skill, justifiably defensive… Perhaps it’s a […]

Smells Like Team Spirit*

I couldn’t run a race if my life depended on it. I possibly might’ve walked but I never would’ve won it, My sports education not even worth discussion: Two female teachers (one built like a Russian…!) Who stood together on the field Showing us which bat to wield And, in absence of excuse, Pointing out […]

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 […]

Disinhibition*

‘She was, like-‘ ‘And he was, like-‘ ‘And she was, like-‘ ‘And he was, like-‘ ‘And she was, like-‘ ‘And he was, like-‘ And, yes, by now I’m bored. Long since losing interest In what I may have overheard, Wondering in my idle way What on earth it was she had to say That somehow […]

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 […]

World Regression*

The Russians are getting restless With Putin at the helm, His high-profile military posturing Showing will to overwhelm. The Middle East is a mystery So complex and intense: Thousands of folk in fear of their lives, The challenge of survival immense. Europe is in turmoil As nations begin to test The very solidarity That made […]