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 […]


‘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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


They also vex Who only stand and text. In the middle of a crowded space. As though theirs is a privileged case. Stopping still to make a call. Noting nothing odd at all About the fact they’re *IN THE WAY* As other folk go about their day, Taking not one moment of time To quickly, […]