Footprints*

In these times of adversity. The gifts of diversity Will doubtless pass unnoticed In the face of silent protest, Actions speaking louder than words Delivered with dignity, Demanding to be heard. Prevailing sense of difference Dissolved as a defence As people from all corners Come together as mourners: To rationalise, to pray To exorcise their […]

Unique Difference*

Humphrey Numpty was not a shrewd guy. Tripped over most things, however he tried To stand straight and tall, Hoping not to appall By his lack of capability In the realms of practicality. Though he tried his best, things still went wrong, His woeful lament a plaintive song, ‘How sad am I!’ he sobbed to […]

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 […]

Happy Endings*

Cinderellas had the frocks. And Buttons? Well, he had buttons… In pill-box hat and shiny boots He never made a lot of loot, Though doubtless gained a tip or too From all the jobs he had to do, None of which are documented In Cinders’ tale, so much lamented For cruelties enacted by her sisters […]

Unspoken*

My mother always cared for me With love, strength and dignity From first moments of infancy Til well into my adulthood, Shielding me from the painful Celebrating with the good. Always there when called upon To pick me up and dust me down, Unwritten in her undertaking The stepping back, the mending, making, Knowing when […]