Secret History*

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 mind behind his face. He told us stories when we asked About the life he’d led […]

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 […]

Blue Monday…*

Monday makes the week go round -Without much creative endeavour, I’ve found… News stories telling the same ol’ tales Depicting the ways that humans fail And saving just one small moment of joy -An irritatingly regular ploy As though this single-cell postivity Eclipses political proclivity, The moaning, groaning, monotoning A flimsy disguise for the human […]

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 […]

Pilgrims’ Progress*

In the name of Progress, what have we done To disavow the younger generations Of the skills and resilience To face life’s tribulations? We gave them mass media, The internet, Mobile phones; We gave them support groups And places they might moan, Learning to express themselves With courage and authenticity. Why, then, should they harm […]

Nostalgia*

When I was a child, my parents gave me books With pictures, stories, poems, facts- each one worth a look All the way from heady days when Janet first met John… (Though long since have I had my doubts they actually got on- He the Big Adventure and she the frilly sidekick I wonder why […]

Unplugged*

Put the bloody computer down. Pull out the plug, Put your feet on the ground! Let your mobile phone go flat And see just how you cope with that! Step outside and meet the day -It’s gonna be there anyway… Feel the wind in your hair And the rain on your face -Who gives a […]