Pointing the Finger*

The postmodern pencil grip Sees me wince with discomfort As though to simply hand-write Is a Herculean effort… The way young hands and fingers contort With the pain of all their internet sport: Thumbs the dominant digits these days, Depending, I suppose, on the games they play. Gone, the Hopscotch, Jacks and Five-Stones, Replaced by […]


I wonder if my mum knows today is in her honour? I dare say not, on account her demeanour. Her mind surrendered to history’s burden, Telling the same stories over again, Crying like a child with the sheer frustration Of knowing the nature of this situation. Yet, in brief moments of clear blue sky, Still […]

Pet Rescue*

My cat Is a smart cat Emboldened by endurance. Couldn’t leave her in the cat home So I had to take the chance. All the other cats and kittens Already having thoroughly smitten Willing humans with space to care For creatures with a fine, full coat of hair… But nobody wanted a part-bald tabby, Hind […]

Fairy Tale Fashion Mistakes*

What is it about the fairy tale princess That causes us gals to quietly obsess…? Those long, alluring tresses of gold Won’t suit her so well when she is old: Anymore the luscious gowns of silk, Tafetta, velvet and cloth of that ilk, Held in place by a whale-bone corset And laced from the back- […]

Christmas- Past & Present*

Of all the Christmas artefacts I revered, ‘Twas a plastic Father Christmas with ‘one shilling’ on his beard 1  A mark someone made with sale in mind That somehow simply got left behind. -I vaguely remember we had a pair In order to discourage sibling despair One somehow no longer in service… Something to do with […]

Farewell to Joneville*

Joneville is a place we go Where TAs take their joys and woes, Met with acceptance and space to converse On topics of all subjects -though Education First! The business of enabling In order to include; The safety-valve of humour (-without being rude!!); The moans and the groans, The targets and the paperwork (Though all done […]

Departure Time*

I’ve long come to the conclusion That there’s rising cause for confusion In the popular notion that Man has power To protect every animal, tree and flower Through work in the name of conservation -A complicated situation, Somehow misrepresenting the fact That whatever we do, we can never go back… We can never revoke the […]