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 […]

The Age of Reason*

When we were young, we wanted to grow up But none of us expected to grow old. We listened to our parents and learned from our elders And generally did as we were told… When things went wrong, we found a way To put them back together Constantly re-configuring allegiance Believing we’d been clever. The […]

The Age of Reason*

When I was young It was Oil of Ulay¹ That promised to at least allay The wrinkling of skin beholden of kin Who’d lived and worked and aged with grace, Their history narrated by the lines on their face. They’d stories to tell of their journeys through life From childhood through war time to dutiful […]

Feast, Famine and Fiasco*

If women stopped worrying about losing weight (At least in public) Wouldn’t that be great??! What a difference to the tone of conversation- Substituting competition for social communication… Talking about stuff that really matters As much as expanding the general natter Beyond this ridiculous self-imposed torment, As though we’re calling for one and all to […]

Pilgrims’ Progress*

In the name of Progress, what have we done To disavow the younger generations Of the skills and resilience To face life’s tribulations? We gave them mass media, The internet, Mobile phones; We gave them support groups And places they might moan, Learning to express themselves With courage and authenticity. Why, then, should they harm […]

Partner Ship*

Mental health remains taboo. Perhaps to make it not seems true That any individual Should feel so residual; Pressures building drip by drop Until we feel we’re going to pop Just like a balloon on a candle flame Cooled and reheated over again. A chain of events with no clear source Leaving a residue of […]

The woman who barks by herself*

Why have a dog and bark yourself? -What is there possibly to gain? ‘Tis a curious reflection on How Life Is And potentially insane… Why have a dog and bark yourself? It can’t be strategically clever… Who’s going to throw the ball to you If you’re chasing your tail for ever and ever…? Why have […]