Freedom of Information*

It’s a well-known but little-acknowledged fact That technology can steadily do you harm, The business of manual communication Too readily disarmed… The humble pencil (bless its heart) No longer an essential part Of every child’s ABC, The luxury of technology Now commonplace and superseding Basic skills, and so impeding Fallback capabilities That have no need […]

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 […]

Contemporary Communication Disorder

  The glance is mightier than the word.¹ An observation not so absurd, The curse being sharper than the sentiment, Semiotics, the weapon of intent.² A smile may launch a thousand ships, This cause-effect relationship Declared of Helen Of Troy, I believe. A curious burden, ill-conceived, The blame and cost attributed To one woman’s face, […]

Statuesque

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, […]

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 […]

R.I.P*

This Literary Obituary Is brought to you by buttons. Not that Cinderella guy But via money-gobbling gluttons, Makers of those little must-have IT miracles That spread across the ether Like Chinese bicycles(!) With no recourse to consequence, Environmental dominance, A tidal wave of prominence Demanding of an audience. A kind of post-modern magic bean; This […]

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 […]