Stuff It!*

How much does it really matter That the nation’s children are getting fatter?* -Who do you think should take the rap If their diet’s total cr*p..? Is this soley the fault of advertising agencies Actively promoting corpulant indulgences In the name of profit as the consequence of greed (Health warnings on the packaging just far […]

Valentinisation*

Love is in the air… And, doubtless, profit forecasts For chocolatiers across the land Who couldn’t give a whisker whether sentiment lasts… Material transgressions with flowers and confectionary Purchased with a view to conveying emotionary, Perhaps just a little bit too cliched But who these days embraces home-made? -No matter the thought, the effort and […]

The Mythology of Technology*

They gave me a laptop and bade me, ‘Type!’ It’s really only now I reflect on the hype: The status of technology Supposedly empowering me Missing fundamentally The point. To write by hand May be not so grand, All higgledy-piggle With the strokes and wiggles, Crossings out and spelling mistakes But [expletive deleted] it’s the […]

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 […]

Modern History

To film or just to intervene? To capture or to interrupt some potential historical scene? To risk your reputation in a tricky situation Simply for the ignominy Of being broadcast on TV In one of those hideous ‘real-life’ documentaries To be passed unedited down through the centuries. Unedited records so transparent As to leave a […]

Resistance Is Low

Antibiotics are no longer exotic, Their overuse lately deemed rather quixotic; The decades of knee-jerk prescription writing In which GPs have been passively delighting A well-formed cloud upon the horizon, A spectre we should keep our eyes on. Man’s intervention a noble intention, Though now the focus of some dissention, The culture of blame outgrowing […]