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 […]


What does it mean to be ‘older’ In this twenty-first century world? Is it as simple as wrinkles And hair styles permanently curled? -Or, if you’re a chap, trying to slow the fate of a gradually revealing, well-shined pate..? A disposition it’s hard to imagine As successive generations grapple with fashion, Opportunities to help them […]

Who Do You Think You Are?*

If children are at the stage of trying on identity, Where does that leave the dinosaurs? -The ordinary folk like you and me, Who’ve grown up unquestioningly sure…? Who’ve grown up soundly in our own skin, Not so much a whisper of ‘Out’ or ‘In’, With confidence and parental endorsement -None of that publicised ‘inner […]


At first, she was stalwart, took the Leavers’ side Kept thinking she and hers could live sans Europe by their side She spent so many words trying hard to persuade Tory politicians Along with various aids. And now she’d vexed, like Humpty Dumpty Falt’ring at the helm like some nautical numpty She should have listened […]


Blood is thicker than water, Implying from Day One The coulda-shoulda-oughta-* Kinda undertakings implied by genetics That, over time, hone to family polemics Passed unquestioning across generations, The unnoticed ceding of trophy vexations Urging their way to a marketable brand With nobody pausing to try and understand Just exactly how these have grown, Passively, silently, […]

Teamwork *

So close- And yet, sooo far… A situation quite bizarre The inching of the summer term Like a weary, half-anaesthetised earthworm, The rise and fall of its linear form a curiously modest endeavour: Unpleasant to touch and doesn’t do much And is not, apparently, clever…. -Not that you’d really be able to see Without protracted […]


My mother always cared for me With love, strength and dignity From first moments of infancy Til well into my adulthood, Shielding me from the painful Celebrating with the good. Always there when called upon To pick me up and dust me down, Unwritten in her undertaking The stepping back, the mending, making, Knowing when […]