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 […]

General Election Predilection*

What makes a politician worth their salt? Capacity for rhetoric implicit with insult? A heart of gold worn plainly on a sleeve? A well-rehearsed mantra stating all they believe? A gifted orator spinning evidence for causes From the fountains of headlines imbued with applauses? A knowledge of history, present and past, Ensuring lessons learned are […]

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 […]

National Daze*

Well, Happy Saint George’s Day! -Who was this ol’ chap anyway? Donned his armour, Rode a steed, That’s about all I’ve ever read. But thinking further on the topic It seems a little man-myopic That patron saints of our sceptre isles Are three great guys with armoured smiles. Once again, as is my wont I […]

Pilgrims’ Progress*

In the name of Progress, what have we done To disavow the younger generations Of the skills and resilience To face life’s tribulations? We gave them mass media, The internet, Mobile phones; We gave them support groups And places they might moan, Learning to express themselves With courage and authenticity. Why, then, should they harm […]

Hokey Cokey*

May versus Sturgeon? -Let’s hope there’s a surgeon Standing by the ring-side watching the show As their hokey-cokey argument continues to grow Over how to decide the future of relations Between two conjoined stalwart nations Ego-deep in arguments of rhetoric Each in their way articulate and politic, Carefully coiffed with twinsets and pearls Details reducing […]

Cat Unconditional*

Cat hair Gets everywhere:¹ Less on the table, More on the chair, Some on the settee Spread lovingly next to me, Some in the hallway, Wafting its way On the gentle draft That blows a path From cat-flap to carpet To open hearth… A particular way To welcome me home, Not that she ever truly […]