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 […]

J’accuse*

If you never say ‘No’ Then how do you know That you can’t? If you never refuse Can you argue J’accuse When the absence of negation Leaves you in a situation To which you’d been quietly hoping You wouldn’t get roped in, In spite of your silence And thoughts of violence Contemplating the prospect Of […]

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  

Educational Exhaustion*

*Expletive deleted*- I’m tired! Like somebody’s cut my wires. If I sit still for too much longer, I will’ve formally expired… My head is full of nothing, All capacities diminished: The week all done and dusted And me, completely finished. Nothing’s rhyming, Nothing’s right I certainly haven’t the will to fight But would happily lay […]