Doing Diplomacy

Diplomacy… The principle of people and politicians Except unless, as one might expect, The sense of opposing dispositions Is plainly insurmountable Those present truly accountable For every step from word to deed: Whom to imprison and whom to be freed, Where to draw boundaries, metaphorical and real, While visibly courting public appeal. Remembering the Eighties […]

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 […]

Double Bind*

Is sexism what it used to be? A curious question, it seems to me, Not least for the silence of assumption That regular gender-related presumption (Especially where women and girls are concerned) Is still quietly propagated, passively learned. So…whose fault is this? Who can we blame For slight, remarks, offence and shame? What do we […]

See The Eagle And The Damage Done*

We heard you knockin’ On the White House door, We think you’re crazy But we can’t be sure… Ooh, ooh, the things to come… You hit the city And you played your hand We watched New Yorkers Try to take a stand But other Nationals, They had other plans… I’d sing the song If I could […]

Inauguration*

Never trust a man with a strawberry blond barnet¹ Without fully questioning what lies underneath it: The business of US president, an interesting precedent- A testing indictment of majority public sentiment. Too late for those who didn’t vote, A spectacular platform for others to gloat. Divide and rule, whether sinner, saint or fool, Whether prize […]

Star Spangled Statesman

America, America, My God!- What have you done Appointing Sarah Palin With her penchant for the gun To second-guess the monolith¹ You voted in as president? Are you truly ready to stand behind The things he represents? Are you selectively myopic, To his controversial topics Like the wall to stem the tide Of those who […]

Across the Pond

America, America, Do you see what your allies see? A two horse race? A National Disgrace?. An absurdist fantasy? Mrs C. versus Donald Trump… You bet your boots he’d slap her rump For want of his lack of appropriate words, The whole affair so very absurd. The rest of the world on the edge of […]