The Age of Reason*

When we were young, we wanted to grow up But none of us expected to grow old. We listened to our parents and learned from our elders And generally did as we were told… When things went wrong, we found a way To put them back together Constantly re-configuring allegiance Believing we’d been clever. The […]

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 […]

Off Your Trolley… *

Twenty-first century supermarkets Pose quite a conundrum indeed Selling everything we could possibly want Alongside what we don’t need, The vital business of advertising A virtual battle assuaged With happy, smiling model ‘staff’ Attempting to engage A tired mind preoccupied While resting in front of the telly On topics such as competing brands That’d make […]

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 […]

E-gocentric

Is the dominance of the ‘white board’ To be admired or abhorred? Centrally placed in every room Contributing to the planet’s doom On the basis of pure stupidity That it runs on e-lectricity? Is it to be exalted, adored, On the grounds that I.T. is the only way forward? Humans defeated by marketisation Somehow persuaded […]

Future Perfect

I hold my hands up to courting controversy On the business of adolescent mental health: On the question of aetiology, We cannot afford to ignore Western wealth. The ignominious luxury Of over-used technology To counsel, guide and to inform, May actually be causing harm Insidiously cultivating Chinks and links: Demotivating. Creating a sense of difference […]