Unsoliticited*

I find it creepy when uninvited emails arrive With my name so prominent and purposefully inscribed As though the Marketeers believe They’re fighting a battle especially for me And maybe I’ll just take the bait Because they say I’ll miss it if I hesitate… Whatever they’re selling, However compelling, I’m duty-bound to look and see, […]

Man Versus Machine*

Consider this… How much money would be saved If employers and schools could just be brave Enough to invoke traditional skills To replace the therapy and popping of pills To ‘cure’ ‘conditions’ of body and mind By setting out to realign Selves and souls and expectations To a more pragmatic realisation That work isn’t only […]

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 […]

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 […]