One Minute*

One minute’s silence may be all we have To show solidarity with strangers in grief: A heartfelt, if wordless, communication To those affected, still seeking relief From all the marks of experience that only they will know Engraved like tattoos, deep under the skin, A pain that may not even show. Except perhaps to others […]

Fellow Ship*

I hope you don’t mind my taking of the liberty To spread a gentlle note of Christmas sensitivity- Quietly respecting those on their own, Whether by choice or a state to bemoan. This time of year can be that much harder When there’s nobody else to share the ardour- The excitement of childhood looking on, […]

Secret History*

My dad was a remarkable man Who lived below the radar Keen not to court attention Lest people thought him bizarre, Judging, as is folks’s wont, His countenance and not his grace The colour of his skin Not the mind behind his face. He told us stories when we asked About the life he’d led […]

August’s Child*

August’s Child is much neglected, This month for a birthday unwisely selected, Parents (one might speculate) Hoping for a September date… To stake a place in the new school year Ensuring the kid’s developmentally in gear, With those of us born in the summer vacation Left trailing behind under equal expectation And worse than that, […]

Fathers’ Day*

My dad was a remarkable man who lived below the radar, Keen not to court attention lest people thought him bizarre, Judging, as is folks’s wont, his countenance and not his grace: The colour of his skin, not the man behind the face. He told us stories when we asked about the life he’d led […]

Cat, Smarter*

Given the male passion for sports That mostly involve a ball. I’m wondering, is there any point In trying to compete at all? The weekend days all earmarked Before next season’s even embarked, Leaving me free to do what I choose (Whether they win or whether they lose) -He never asks so I don’t have […]

Faith, Hope and Parity*

Sometimes There are things I want to say If I only had the faith to pray. If only I could find the grace To surrender to that spiritual place Inhabited by so many I know. For me, right now, it shan’t be so, For reasons I cannot explain. As much as I feel emotional pain […]