Who Do You Think You Are?*

If children are at the stage of trying on identity, Where does that leave the dinosaurs? -The ordinary folk like you and me, Who’ve grown up unquestioningly sure…? Who’ve grown up soundly in our own skin, Not so much a whisper of ‘Out’ or ‘In’, With confidence and parental endorsement -None of that publicised ‘inner […]

Small Steps*

Life is fragile. Fickle as fate. The drive to do stuff before it’s too late Riven with challenge, the rise and fall, In simple pursuit of managing it all. Imagined opportunity Stretching beyond what we think we can see; The open landscape with troughs and peaks Too often obscured by the working week, Skewed in […]

One Little Word*

No Means NO. Not ‘hang on! -Just a mo…’ No Means Not at all And most certainly not Go. Which part of that Is beyond comprehension? Which part inviting Unsolicited attention? Which part of ‘No’ In any situation Is an open invitation To sexual violation?   * http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/entertainment-arts-41587741/jez-butterworth-s-message-to-harvey-weinstein https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/oct/11/the-allegations-against-harvey-weinstein-what-we-know-so-far http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/11/entertainment/terry-crews-sexual-harassment/index.html https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/23/stress-anxiety-fuel-mental-health-crisis-girls-young-women https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/20/one-in-four-girls-have-depression-by-the-time-they-hit-14-study-reveals http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/mentalhealth/Pages/Dealingwithlowself-esteem.aspx http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Sexualhealth/Pages/Sexualassault.aspx  

Weekend Pending

Thursday… The weekend in waiting. A day of hope and speculating. A palpable sense of the downhill slope, A real possibility for respite and hope; For rest and relaxation Glued to a favourite TV station… Eyes glazed over, comestibles close -Anything you like from chocolate to toast, To take-away curry brought straight to the door […]

Headspace*

Headspace. No planets required. Though stars might come in handy Should one need to feel inspired. Pin-pricks of light in the infinite distance A velvet-lined, star-spangled, air-curved resistance, Not that dissimilar from inside my mind Where chaos trumps order from time to time As work and play and contemplation Struggle for purchase in my concentration. […]

Skin Deep*

Looking somewhere between bizarre and fantastic, The famous faces now filled with plastic Step out confidently into the spotlight With an air suggesting they’re doing it right: Every single hair in place No hint of lines upon each face, Foreheads somewhat immobilised, As much as the skin around the eyes. Triangular mounds of implanted filler […]

Hiatus*

Old man. Fancy car. Driving style a little bizarre…¹ Given the clear cost of your wheels (Personally, I just don’t get the appeal- Is this perhaps a conscious selection To perk up your gradually failing erection? -The only way to shore up your manhood?) Things must be tough in your neighbourhood, Your desperate desire to […]