Worth The Walk*

Is being active politically a civic responsibility Or just something we learn about from radio and TV…? The Right To Vote hard-won for women While taken for granted by men- But what point in raking that old argument out of the dirt again? This postmodern age, a life without limits: Is freedom too easy when […]

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 […]

Acceptance*

If we feared ‘Strangers’ less and took time to acknowledge That, yes, they’re not party to certain knowledge, If we made ourselves available instead of unassailable And recognised the value of potential contributions, Would that perhaps enable more creative solutions? The building of bridges with hope and expectation A singular contribution to the Future of […]

Education For All?*

For all, as a child, I ever complained About going school again and again, About homework and lessons and teachers’ tempers, About friendships and fall-outs with other class-members, I’m grateful retrospectively That the land of my birth permitted me (Not for a moment considering a choice) The right to learn and express my voice: To […]

Folklore Fiasco*

Adam had an appleĀ 1 And so did William Tell:2 You can probably guess already Which story ended well, The Biblical stalwart, a curious model For all that could happen for good or for ill, Scrumping the fruit and then in regret, Giving it to the only woman he had ever met. Will by contrast a […]

Self Defeat*

Girls, girls, girls How has your place in this world Regressed beyond all recognition In the face of media competition Over just about everything From what to say to what to sing; From what to wear, how to style your hair, To how and what and whether to share The most intimate of personal details […]

Hokey-Cokey*

It seems the government’s calling our bluff With all this In-Out Brexit stuff Causing fissures across the nation By the very nature of vacillation- Everyone in the media now vocal to the point of embarrassment Prompting general awareness of boundaries to political harassment… Freedom of speech like a whale on the beach: Too much, too […]