Dignity and Decline*

My mum is in a twilight zone: Happy in company, lost on her own, Somehow dissolving with the passage of time Returning to dependence in her silent decline. Happy enough to be part of the crowd Only if we speak up loud, Though she always looks attentive -Quite a skill, justifiably defensive… Perhaps it’s a […]

Blue Monday…*

Monday makes the week go round -Without much creative endeavour, I’ve found… News stories telling the same ol’ tales Depicting the ways that humans fail And saving just one small moment of joy -An irritatingly regular ploy As though this single-cell postivity Eclipses political proclivity, The moaning, groaning, monotoning A flimsy disguise for the human […]

Fake Philosophy*

I’m slightly bemused By the stuff of ‘fake news’,¹ The Blustering hurrumphs Of the Trumpety-Trump. The People, it seems by all accounts, Believing every syllable thus pronounced Is God’s honest heart-felt gospel fact -Accompanied by threats of a weapons attack. While the very same media has Kim Jong Un With his finger hovering a similar […]

Modern History

To film or just to intervene? To capture or to interrupt some potential historical scene? To risk your reputation in a tricky situation Simply for the ignominy Of being broadcast on TV In one of those hideous ‘real-life’ documentaries To be passed unedited down through the centuries. Unedited records so transparent As to leave a […]

Daily Record*

They also serve Who only stand and film.* When something perfunctory Enters our realm We post it on the internet For everyone to see, Securing our moment in history, Fulfilling a kind of social purpose Recording what goes on around us. A personal contribution To this cultural revolution, Archiving the comedy along with the mundane […]

National Debt

‘But history doesn’t feel like history when it is being made.’* What lesson might we learn, then, From outstanding national debts unpaid? Decline within the NHS, An over-manipulated, political mess; Generations of professional devotion Weathering the tides of political commotion; Managerial vultures Hatching target-led culture Eroding goodwill With a Freedom For Pills; The top-down of […]