Small Steps*

Life is fragile. Fickle as fate. The drive to do stuff before it’s too late Riven with challenge, the rise and fall, In simple pursuit of managing it all. Imagined opportunity Stretching beyond what we think we can see; The open landscape with troughs and peaks Too often obscured by the working week, Skewed in […]

Canine Defence*

Why have a dog with short legs If you want to be walking at speed? Would it not be kinder to carry the creature In order to proceed Than drag it by the collar Inducing clear anxiety, The whimpering sound As those little limbs bound, Unforgivable impropriety. Why have a dog with short legs? Was […]

Safety in Numbers? *

Do I take my rights for granted? Yes, perhaps I do- Like fish with no concept of water Or animals with no sense of the zoo… I learned from sometimes painful experience Of mine and others’ making; From Trial-and-Improvement as much as Mistaking. Guidance and admonishment were also active partners Resourcing me to manage the […]

Gestalt*

Trust. A quality that binds us In the ordinariness of things. The watching and the waiting, The inevitable vacillating, The trials and tribulations, Of unexpected stings. The unspoken given Of the space in between ¹ A simple acknowledgement Of the places we’ve been; Journeys planned and unplanned, With rocks on the tarmac, The kind of […]

Lethiferous Lout*

Someone trashed the window Of me ol’ man’s White Van. Stoved it in proper Just because he thinks he can. Scattering crystalline shards of glass To emphasise this work of class, An act with the intention Of some kind of henchman, With a mind of the mindless Who simply don’t process That actions maketh consequence, […]

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 […]

Partner Ship*

Mental health remains taboo. Perhaps to make it not seems true That any individual Should feel so residual; Pressures building drip by drop Until we feel we’re going to pop Just like a balloon on a candle flame Cooled and reheated over again. A chain of events with no clear source Leaving a residue of […]