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 […]

Good Old Sussex By The Sea*

The Palace Pier is back in town! Grab your beach gear! Come on down!! -Not forgetting your brolly and mac: It’s good to anticipate a weather attack Typical of British holiday resorts, Where Kiss-Me-Quick hats can still be sought But brollies and macs are much more the ticket For those imbued with British holiday spirit, […]


Do you remember the beach as a kid, The harmlessly curious things we did? Bearing a net of radiant hue And, inevitably, a jam-jar or two In the simple hope of seeing close-hand Those weirdy creatures eschewing the land. The scouting for shells with their forms intact, The screams from behind when under attack From […]

Dawn Chorus

Hark! The bloomin’ seagulls sing Just as every day is dawning, From the nearby rooftops calling A song, to some, that sounds appalling… Laughing like old mates returned, Telling tales of all they’ve learned Winging their way from every aspect, Sharing that raucous dialect. Calling out for recognition, Jostling eagerly for position, Bustling wings and […]