Road Diggers*

‘s Sunday morning. We got road diggers. Bustin’ the pavement with pneumatic triggers… A rumbling from childhood, strangely evocative (Though doubtless, for a Sunday, a little provocative?) The thundering power of Men At Work a testament to urgency: In economic terms, plain proof of an emergency. Potential for catastrophe not insignificant, The humblest of sparks […]

Think Ink*

Teachers with tattoos. A visible state of affairs to bemuse Not because I’m a Puritan, Anymore than I’m arguably old by comparison: It’s more a moral question of sorts About private lives and public thoughts… Standing as a role model by dint of profession, Is ink-on-skin a display of unspoken confession? However bold and beautiful, […]

Constitutional Wrong? *

Bang-bang! Pop-pop! You’re dead-I’m not… But I watched what you did On the television news, Your story yet another To sadden and bemuse. Spraying headlines like bullets Across the western world, The Star Spangled Banner There limply unfurled. The Right To Bear Arms Doing little but harm, Empowering the weak And shredding the calm. Feeding […]

Techno Trials*

Switch off your technology At least an hour before bed….?* What on earth do childrenĀ  do these days To occupy their heads..?! Imagine the chaos of restless fingers Along with the kind of resentment that lingers, The desperate sense of instant aloneness; The unfamiliarity of ‘creative’ mess, With cutting and sticking and making and building; […]

J’accuse*

If you never say ‘No’ Then how do you know That you can’t? If you never refuse Can you argue J’accuse When the absence of negation Leaves you in a situation To which you’d been quietly hoping You wouldn’t get roped in, In spite of your silence And thoughts of violence Contemplating the prospect Of […]

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 […]