Winter time…The population is sneezy.¹Folks are sniffingNot a tissue in sight…The sound in itself causing general discomfort-For those within earshot, it really ain’t right!Tissues, those little white squares of paper,Can plain and discreetly conceal this caperUnless those concerned disrespect their NansOr think this makes them any less of a man,Refusing to carry a tissue of […]

Weather Report*

Boat Building for Beginners¹ Would seem the way to go, With regard to the weather reports Across television and radio… Hurricane Michael leading the pack, Whipping across the USA. Laying waste to man-made construction Then trying to wash it away. Planet Earth is figthing back, Systematically provoked by human attack: The plundering of land and […]

Weather Report*

“It *never* snows in Brighton!” -That’s what they used to say, The weather this morning reminding me It’s not always been that way…. My first year here Saw the beach disappear In a blizzard of unbroken white: They closed all the schools And sent us all home For sledging and a snowball fight! With nothing […]

‘S no Business Like Snow Business*

It seems that only the wealthiest drivers Will be noble National Snow Survivors, The mighty four-wheel-drive brigade Quite unlikely to come to the aid Of mere mortals with recycled cars, Fearful of driving very far By dint of the fact the Ice Man cometh Leaving a depth of foot-print-free fluff, Gently deepening radiant white, A […]


It’s well and truly winter. The weather’s getting restless. So  now’s the time to find that infernal thermal vest -Or more than one if you’re organised And know just where you stored them- Along with all those mothballed woollies, frayed about the hem, And multiples of socks and gloves in partnership debates, The brokering of […]

Winds, Bins and Automobiles*

It’s a tiny bit windy today, So the weather forecasters say… The arrows on the TV maps Vividy emphasise another cold snap As if we would otherwise be unprepared For all the energy concealed there, Much if it already unleashed While most of the nations was fast asleep, Begging the question of what to expect […]


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 […]