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 […]

City Spectres*

In the bleak midwinter, As we wrap ourselves up warm And whack up the heating Averting hypothermal harm, Is there space for a moment’s thought For those checked in at the Last Resort Who spend their nights in renegade places, Tucked in a shop front averting their faces? A few possessions placed out of range, […]

Stage Craft*

Iyyy am an AC-tor! Can’t you tell By the sonorous resonance Of the stories I tell? Projecting my voice with so much to say But you’ll have to listen to me anyway… Well may you mutter, or whisper resentment But do, please, acknowledge the depth of my sentiment . All I ask is somebody to […]