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 […]

The Count *

Does having the right to vote Truly float your political boat? Or is it a bore, an unwanted chore To step from your orbit So’s not to forfeit Rights to independent social choice…? -Can you hear the sound of your political voice Clearing its throat in an uncertain tone Desperate to articulate rather than moan? […]

Proverbs*

Don’t put all your hards In one Brexit: Try to soften it a little bit. Attention to the smaller details Will shape how the history you make prevails. Reputation, Reputation, Reputation…¹ When all’s said and done, the mark of a Nation. How, then, would you wish to be remembered As our national union is being […]

Paresseux*

Slacktivism¹. Now there’s a word To captivate the passive-absurd: A sociological construct nouveau Applied to people we, all of us, know. Restless, the knowledge in our heads Of all that we have ever said In open response to those social causes Brought about by negative forces; Wrought by nature, wrought by Man,² Enacting some or […]