Sedentary Sympathy*

Children In Need Once again succeeds To raise epic amounts of money: The TV campaign With the verve of champagne And famous folk being funny… Dear Reader, forgive my cynicism Splitting the spotlight as it exits the prism Into a rainbow of unasked questions Arising in spite of creative suggestions For fun and challenge and […]

Face It*

Too many hight profile women on TV Are turning their wealth to surgery,* The worst of it being that they cannot see Just how odd their plasticity Appears from sofas countrywide, As though they’ve far too much to hide: Not least the confidence viewers revered That’s plainly somehow disappeared. This newly crafted carapace That shines […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Frozen…*

It’s well and truly winter. The weather’s getting restless. So¬† now’s the time to find that infernal thermal vest -Or more than one if you’re organised And know just where you stored them- Along with all those mothballed woollies, frayed about the hem, And multiples of socks and gloves in partnership debates, The brokering of […]