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 […]

The Phwoar War*

More money, less cry!¹ -Or so the wealthy would imply, Their right to an infinite annual salary Weirdly protected by lack of transparency, Underwritten by the BBC, Benefactors of the public license fee Stunningly obdurate in their view That male employees are far better value Than their females counterparts,, Mostly employed to show body parts… […]

Safety in Numbers*

There’s a mounting sense of vexation About finance in education, The weighty matter of pressure to Achieve Perhaps just a little misconceived… Hasn’t anyone notice the flaw in the plot That Standards per se are actually not…? Truth be told, they’ve been composed By bods at the top who thinks they knows What it is […]

The Count *

Does having the right to vote Truly float your political boat? Or is it a bore, an unwanted chore To step from your orbit So’s not to forfeit Rights to independent social choice…? -Can you hear the sound of your political voice Clearing its throat in an uncertain tone Desperate to articulate rather than moan? […]