Can It *

Can a body live – survive- on tinned food? Consumption in the long term (without being rude) Raising the issue of chemical imbalance While buying into the song and dance Of Brexit and all its impending devices That (no cigar and no surprises) Yes, we may be driven to return to the land. To grow […]

A Point of Purpose*

Freedom doesn’t come for free: A challenging anomaly. The unmarked double-bind Of rights and responsibility Hardly rocket science, you’d think, As modern youth stands on the brink Of Adulthood. Whatever that means. Dreaming dreams and scheming schemes Of landmark moments glowing with pride. -Is that what you get from a near-death joy ride? …Is that […]

Blades

What on earth is happening in children’s lives To motivate minors to carry knives? Weapons of indeterminate destruction Insidious in their powers of seduction: Adults, parents, professionals, public, Struggling to rationalise the rubric. -Feeding violent fantasies of power? -The thrill of seeing the underdog cower? For what…? For a reputation that sets them apart. As […]

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 […]

Barbefurious*

Restraining the vital urge to complain About laundry versus woodsmoke yet again, I’m wondering if there’s room to debate The raising of colours to communicate Choices of garden activity That may just derail domesticity… The drying of laundry on days without rain Something of a chancy personal gain, If only in the knowledge of effort […]

Constitutional Wrong? *

Bang-bang! Pop-pop! You’re dead-I’m not… But I watched what you did On the television news, Your story yet another To sadden and bemuse. Spraying headlines like bullets Across the western world, The Star Spangled Banner There limply unfurled. The Right To Bear Arms Doing little but harm, Empowering the weak And shredding the calm. Feeding […]

Home Comfort*

Do you remember the Good Old Days? The shared simplicity of outdoor play, Of meeting your mates to ride your bikes Of skipping and hopscotch and diamond kites? Of reading and writing and learning to spell, Of nans and grandads with stories to tell Of playing out with kids down the street, Of being polite […]