Line of Duty*

Every country needs traditions Whatever its political or social condition Rooted in histories of war and peace, A peculiar theatre of historical decrees, The stream of pristine uniforms A symbol of all that here conforms In the name of tradition, an erudition Passed across the centuries, A ritual sense of unity, With seamless choreography: This […]

The X Box*

Election Fever. A joust for National Leader. A vociferous creeping virus Multiplying to vex the best of us… The gradual emergence Of political insurgence A traditional, tedious And tantalising trick, Drip, drip, drip-feeding In passionate pursuit Of the job of leading Not just a troupe Of die-hard fanatics (Many with spectres deep in their attics […]

League Division *

Every since I was a young girl I watched lads chase the ball From playground to park to stadium and even the church hall(!)¹ My father tried to interest me, my brother having failed To raise his enthusiasm for this game of Alpha Males. (That said, he followed suit with a love of ballroom dancing, […]

Neighbourhood Wrath*

It seems workplace parking’s gone barking With all the chaos it’s sparking, The length of the roads Running past our abode Overflowing with tempers and narking… The neighbours are generally tolerant As we clutter their streets with cars But Wednesday’s inclement weather Caused chaos beyond bizarre: Tempers already beginning to fray At the end of […]

Drowning By Numbers*

A life less extraordinary Is hard to imagine: Just sitting And listening And letting things happen As though a guard dog Pretending to sleep While simultaneously Vigilance keeps. At least, that’s the look Sustained on my face; Drooping eyes And paws out of place. But ears alert, And sharp as a knife Waiting for the […]

Barking Parking*

Like many here, I park my car From whence I hope it’s not too far To haul my sleep-depriv-èd mass To school in reasonable time for class, Noting with increased concern How busy people seldom learn That other folk around them share The morning’s daily parking scare… The urgency to not be late Declining us […]

What Goes Around Comes Around*

I have moderate confusion about evolution, Arisen from something I read in the press Showing beautiful pictures of curious creatures, Their populations in increasing distress. The idea being that a little promotion Might, perhaps, raise a growing commotion Commanding a voluble collective intention To fight tooth and nail for their global retention. Which raises a […]