Mental Wealth*

Is the marketisation of ‘Mental Health’ An ugly indictment of modern wealth? Personal freedom compromised By tools and measures and medical supplies; Drugs prescribed with alacrity An ersatz substitute for empathy; The time to listen without redress To words of isolation and distress Summarily reduced to on-line searches For tips from practitioners high up on […]

Every Child Matters*

What does is mean to be special?ยน A warm sense of positive self Or the kid in the class that can’t keep up On acount of a context that has him stuck With a reputation chained to his being, This the first thing that everyone’s seeing Proud-as-you-like on documentation: Is that really authentic Inclusive Education? […]

Descartes for the Disinclined*

Peer pressure. Pressure from peers? Or pressure from more insideous sources Indirectly calling on financial resources To pay for physical characteristics To be remodelled to look ‘fantastic’, A construct too much in the media’s court, Suggesting all manner of overt self-harm Without so much of a sense of alarm As a reflex response to ‘current […]

Sin Seven*

Is it reasonable to speculate there’s growth in sloth?* Taking the existential view That the doing of nothing is good for you, Enabling time to cogitate, Worry, mither, get things straight… Having lengthy conversations With oneself – though on such occasions Careful surveillance of others therepresent Who may think you crazy and start to resent […]

Man Up*

Goldie Loxx was a thoughtful boy, Imbued with inevitable folk-tale joy. At least, in readers’ imagination… For his domestic situation Was less than fair or desirable: More, tragically derisable… Every female living there Obsessed with frocks, heels, nails and hair, Leaving all domestic chores And other tasks that they abhorred To Goldie, his time fully […]

Viva Voce*

Speak and ye shall be spoken to. Stay silent and not be heard. The art of the science of communication Sometimes fickle, sometimes absurd, Especially when the need is there To check things out and simply compare: To test the waters, see how things lay Betwixt the worlds of work and play; Each and every […]

The Mythology of Technology*

They gave me a laptop and bade me, ‘Type!’ It’s really only now I reflect on the hype: The status of technology Supposedly empowering me Missing fundamentally The point. To write by hand May be not so grand, All higgledy-piggle With the strokes and wiggles, Crossings out and spelling mistakes But [expletive deleted] it’s the […]