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. […]

Rights, Wrongs and Registration*

Donald the President went to town On members of the voting public Gritting his teeth and squinting his eyes Intoning a look of self-righteous surprise -Or have I simply misread the signs And all the misgivings are in my own mind..? It isn’t as though I’m American Or pledge allegience to the Flag, Its just, […]

Guardianship*

There’s a genuine tone of human concern for the way we’re misusing our planet, Innovation, the principle of progress: Dream it, Make it, Use it, Junk it…* The product of this process, inevitable ubiquity: Plastic, the current beast in question, as though only now we see The depth of damage and destruction caused by unmarked […]

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  

Homeostasis*

Planet Earth is getting restless with her tenants. Their behaviour by degree increasingly repellent, From casual misuse to abject abuse And only now making headline news As humans, the arbiters of this decline, Awake to find they’re the next in line: Ecologists’ gently persistent voices Arbiters of now well-publcised choices To plough green spaces into […]