Deaf Ears*

To the parents of every child wearing headphones, Ambling to and from school With the natural-enough delusion that they think they’re being cool, PLEASE advise them to be cautious, if only for their own sakes, And the benefit of drivers reaching for their handbrakes… We’ve all been adolescents; we’ve all done what you do The […]

Drought Doubt*

Save water? -Bath with a friend…?!! I think not!! -although that may depend …On being allowed to bath at all, Given the recent abstemious rainfall: A peculiar sense of deja nada¹ The call to Save water!! Making things that much harder. Doesn’t this happen too frequently Or is that just my memory…? Especially recalling ’76 […]

The Mobile Imperative*

You know you really shouldn’t ought Use you mobile while driving In case you get caught… -Or, much worse than that by far, You injure or kill someone with your car. The logic is obvious, though not so the risk ‘Coz hey!- it’s OK, you’ll only be brisk… That call to a mate to say […]


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 […]

Blue Monday…*

Monday makes the week go round -Without much creative endeavour, I’ve found… News stories telling the same ol’ tales Depicting the ways that humans fail And saving just one small moment of joy -An irritatingly regular ploy As though this single-cell postivity Eclipses political proclivity, The moaning, groaning, monotoning A flimsy disguise for the human […]

Biking For Beginners*

To the cyclist in Hove, Small daughter riding pillion, The joy of her expression Was one in a million! I’m guessing you haven’t been able see The beaming smile of innocent glee, Hair wild in the wind as the streets rush past, Pink cycling helmet buckled down on fast, The sheer delight of your wheeled […]

Conservation Conversation

Re-wilding. What a wonderful notion, To regenerate nature through passive devotion ‘Allowing’, for such is human dominion (Depending of course on your opinion), The regeneration of diminishing species Sending the message that everything’s peachy For if mankind can just replace All we’ve destroyed to just save face, As though we can simply hide the shame […]