Acceptance*

If we feared ‘Strangers’ less and took time to acknowledge That, yes, they’re not party to certain knowledge, If we made ourselves available instead of unassailable And recognised the value of potential contributions, Would that perhaps enable more creative solutions? The building of bridges with hope and expectation A singular contribution to the Future of […]

Canine Defence*

Why have a dog with short legs If you want to be walking at speed? Would it not be kinder to carry the creature In order to proceed Than drag it by the collar Inducing clear anxiety, The whimpering sound As those little limbs bound, Unforgivable impropriety. Why have a dog with short legs? Was […]

License to Kill*

The right to bare arms, While intended to calm, With the passing of decades Intones only harm. It’s hard to imagine From over the water Why a nation should sanction Free license to slaughter. America, America, Can you sense the consternation Spreading out across the pond From other concerned nations? -Those who never made that […]

Safety in Numbers? *

Do I take my rights for granted? Yes, perhaps I do- Like fish with no concept of water Or animals with no sense of the zoo… I learned from sometimes painful experience Of mine and others’ making; From Trial-and-Improvement as much as Mistaking. Guidance and admonishment were also active partners Resourcing me to manage the […]

Homeostasis*

Planet Earth is getting restless with her tenants. Their behaviour by degree increasingly repellent, From casual misuse to abject abuse And only now making headline news As humans, the arbiters of this decline, Awake to find they’re the next in line: Ecologists’ gently persistent voices Arbiters of now well-publcised choices To plough green spaces into […]

Freedom of Information*

It’s a well-known but little-acknowledged fact That technology can steadily do you harm, The business of manual communication Too readily disarmed… The humble pencil (bless its heart) No longer an essential part Of every child’s ABC, The luxury of technology Now commonplace and superseding Basic skills, and so impeding Fallback capabilities That have no need […]

Existential Crisis*

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Forgive our human ways: We could stand on the doorstep and argue our case For a month of Sabbath days… The people heading your English church Are leaving some of us in the lurch, Citing your Word as a justification For the self-righteous eradication Of a simple, human right […]