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 […]

Secret History*

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 mind behind his face. He told us stories when we asked About the life he’d led […]

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 […]

The Age of Reason*

When I was young It was Oil of Ulay¹ That promised to at least allay The wrinkling of skin beholden of kin Who’d lived and worked and aged with grace, Their history narrated by the lines on their face. They’d stories to tell of their journeys through life From childhood through war time to dutiful […]

Inked*

Summer time and the occasion arises To let go those little up-sleeve surprises… Tattoos hidden away for the winter (As a way to keep warm, what could’ve been simpler Than saving these sanctified works of ink And avoiding the looks that say what some folk think…?) Though gone are the days of American piety, Hiding […]

Storage Solutions*

I have a place of storage That’s frankly an utter disgrace, Safe in the knowledge That everything is securely in its place… No archive files or fancy chest Or cabinets to curtail my mess, No costly items of furniture To enhance my paper architecture. Simpler and more foolproof than that A modest structure, still reasonably […]

Modern History

To film or just to intervene? To capture or to interrupt some potential historical scene? To risk your reputation in a tricky situation Simply for the ignominy Of being broadcast on TV In one of those hideous ‘real-life’ documentaries To be passed unedited down through the centuries. Unedited records so transparent As to leave a […]