Political Partay*

It’s hard not to imagine TV adverts full of woe Are somehow interconnected with the governmental show Of political ineptitude, fraying wits and pompous twits Making an inelegant fist of it all In the hallowed environs of Whitehall: Eloquently ramming home that, yes, you’re very much on your own Because ‘We’ in positions of national […]

Deaf Ears*

To the parents of every child wearing headphones, Ambling to and from school With the natural-enough delusion that they think they’re being cool, PLEASE advise them to be cautious, if only for their own sakes, And the benefit of drivers reaching for their handbrakes… We’ve all been adolescents; we’ve all done what you do The […]

August’s Child*

August’s Child is much neglected, This month for a birthday unwisely selected, Parents (one might speculate) Hoping for a September date… To stake a place in the new school year Ensuring the kid’s developmentally in gear, With those of us born in the summer vacation Left trailing behind under equal expectation And worse than that, […]

Left-Field Lady*

Dear Julie Christy, Standing to the left of me, Steppin’ and a-clappin’ Between the banter and the chattin’. I sometimes wonder just how far We’ve actually walked- It’s quite bizarre, This journey that we weekly share Without ever actually going anywhere! (-Amazing, though, the calorie-burning In between the musical learning: Walking for miles on a […]

Double Bind*

Is sexism what it used to be? A curious question, it seems to me, Not least for the silence of assumption That regular gender-related presumption (Especially where women and girls are concerned) Is still quietly propagated, passively learned. So…whose fault is this? Who can we blame For slight, remarks, offence and shame? What do we […]

Faith, Hope and Parity*

Sometimes There are things I want to say If I only had the faith to pray. If only I could find the grace To surrender to that spiritual place Inhabited by so many I know. For me, right now, it shan’t be so, For reasons I cannot explain. As much as I feel emotional pain […]