School’s Out*

To those of you in Education, I bid you a singularly restful vacation, Albeit rather compact in size, -So best leave no room for compromise…(!) ‘Tis well-deserved by all accounts, This week seeing exhaustion mount As students find new energy To counterbalance staff lethargy, With only hours left to go Until it’s time to close […]

Summer in the City*

A model of the pier A stick of Brighton rock A bargain from Primark A genuine linen frock… Chips on the seafront While seagulls parade -Don’t look now: Be very afraid… Those beady eyes and polished beaks Surveying the humans, those sideshow freaks Walking along like Kings of the Prom Without so much as a […]

Tomorrow could be the first day of the rest of your life…*

Inch worm, inch worm, Inch towards the end of term… Sticking to that single way That signposts a holiday Squeezing in and out Of tension-filled encounters, (Colleagues that you trust Alongside the Doubters). Resources, rubbish, piled so They signify the time to go, Banquet in the staff room To pacify that sense of doom; Students […]


School is definitively out for Christmas! If I’m honest, it’s been a curious business; All the ropes that bind together The stuff of learning, pain and pleasure, Suddenly slackened to negligible tension, Swiftly dispatching all sense of abstention… All the formalities shunned to one side In favour of laughter -there’s much to deride! The Politics […]

Recuperation Recuperation Recuperation*

The way I feel this morning Has curious parallels with a state of mourning. Dull-minded catatonia. I have a sense I’m not alone here. Many folk from similar domains Laconic, inevitably feeling inane, Grateful for pre-scripted breaks That otherwise they may not take, Professional momentum The energy that drives them; Less and less the inspiration, […]