Worth The Walk*

Is being active politically a civic responsibility Or just something we learn about from radio and TV…? The Right To Vote hard-won for women While taken for granted by men- But what point in raking that old argument out of the dirt again? This postmodern age, a life without limits: Is freedom too easy when […]

Secret Service*

Espionage was a game for the boys With their gadgets, magnifiers and walkie-talkie toys, While girls (back then) were traditionally led In the business of domesticity instead…* Which, perhaps. is were it all went wrong? The same-old, same old, game old song Of gender specificity Remained a mystery to me. Though maybe not so much […]

So Long, Farewell*

There´s a sad sort of clanging from Big Ben in the tower And the bells in the Abbey too. And down in the Chambers The politicians coo ‘The Brexit Vote? -There’s nothing we can do.’ What a bloomin’ ballyhoo! BALLYHOO! Regretfully they tell us While seeking to compel us To say goodbye to Europe ‘Boo. […]

Constitutional Wrong? *

Bang-bang! Pop-pop! You’re dead-I’m not… But I watched what you did On the television news, Your story yet another To sadden and bemuse. Spraying headlines like bullets Across the western world, The Star Spangled Banner There limply unfurled. The Right To Bear Arms Doing little but harm, Empowering the weak And shredding the calm. Feeding […]

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 […]