The 3 Rs *

Parents, Teach your children to know their boundaries, To distinguish the their wrongs from their rights And, knowing they are loved unconditionally, To judge when to run and when, fight. The business of childhood learning Is more complex than ever before, The relentless spread of the mobile phone Both commended and abhorred, This portable technology […]

Critical Thinking*

Is eighteen really old enough to be declared an adult…? Elevated status adding injury to insult, The Right to Buy, Wed, Vote, and more Suddenly simultaneously laid at your door: A veritable chocolate box of infinite variety, Gifted on assumptions of a grasp of propriety… Knowing, in the modern, common-sense way of living It’s more […]

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 […]

Homeostasis*

Planet Earth is getting restless with her tenants. Their behaviour by degree increasingly repellent, From casual misuse to abject abuse And only now making headline news As humans, the arbiters of this decline, Awake to find they’re the next in line: Ecologists’ gently persistent voices Arbiters of now well-publcised choices To plough green spaces into […]

Love Is…*

” ‘Til death do us part.” ยน A vow between hearts Made in faith,with love, Before God above. A simple public testament To a life-time’s commitment Walking together, hand in hand, The route imagined but otherwise unplanned. Bound in a shared expression of hope That, no matter what, together they’ll cope: Meeting their challenges, facing […]

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 […]