Dignity and Decline*

My mum is in a twilight zone: Happy in company, lost on her own, Somehow dissolving with the passage of time Returning to dependence in her silent decline. Happy enough to be part of the crowd Only if we speak up loud, Though she always looks attentive -Quite a skill, justifiably defensive… Perhaps it’s a […]

Fathers’ Day*

My dad was a remarkable man who lived below the radar, Keen not to court attention lest people thought him bizarre, Judging, as is folks’s wont, his countenance and not his grace: The colour of his skin, not the man behind the face. He told us stories when we asked about the life he’d led […]

Eponymy of Scale*

There’s someone else on the planet With the same name as me… In more than half a century That numbers only three!¹ Though this one is outstanding- A musical inspiration- A female with a bass guitar (An unorthodox situation); A diminutive figure With an instrument of size, Playing with distinction Alongside the guys. Subtle by […]

42…*

Life. A gift that comes with conditions Shaped by the human disposition, Survival of the fittest The lore of biology That outmanoeuvres The wit of psychology: A capacity of mind To seek and discover Reasons to put one foot In front of the other, Just to keep going With no way of knowing The twists […]

Reluctant Relic

I am a dinosaur. Clumsy, outmoded. Calm and well-boundaried, Not easily goaded. A walking example Of statistical evidence And caricature of flimsy defence, Pointy at both ends And fat in the middle Like some old well-worn Christmas riddle. Hardly humorous, lumbering, slow And trying to capture all that I know In catchy phrases, cautious words, […]