Drinking can damage your…? Oh dear. I can’t remember. DIdn’t I meet you at a party Sometime in December? Or was it in the supermarket Perusing wines and spirits? -I vaguely remember your trolley Had quite a variety in it. Mine, though, rather too persuaded By stuff that mixes well with lemonade, Or more particularly, […]


Give a man a problem and leave him to solve it. Give him a dispute and hope he’ll resolve it. Give a man book and teach him to read Give him opportunity and help him achieve. Give him a computer and leave him to play, Finding out all sorts of things to feed his idle […]

The Mythology of Technology*

They gave me a laptop and bade me, ‘Type!’ It’s really only now I reflect on the hype: The status of technology Supposedly empowering me Missing fundamentally The point. To write by hand May be not so grand, All higgledy-piggle With the strokes and wiggles, Crossings out and spelling mistakes But [expletive deleted] it’s the […]

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 […]

One Little Word*

No Means NO. Not ‘hang on! -Just a mo…’ No Means Not at all And most certainly not Go. Which part of that Is beyond comprehension? Which part inviting Unsolicited attention? Which part of ‘No’ In any situation Is an open invitation To sexual violation?   *  

Skin Deep*

Looking somewhere between bizarre and fantastic, The famous faces now filled with plastic Step out confidently into the spotlight With an air suggesting they’re doing it right: Every single hair in place No hint of lines upon each face, Foreheads somewhat immobilised, As much as the skin around the eyes. Triangular mounds of implanted filler […]

The Age of Reason*

When we were young, we wanted to grow up But none of us expected to grow old. We listened to our parents and learned from our elders And generally did as we were told… When things went wrong, we found a way To put them back together Constantly re-configuring allegiance Believing we’d been clever. The […]