Christmas- Past & Present*

Of all the Christmas artefacts I revered, ‘Twas a plastic Father Christmas with ‘one shilling’ on his beard 1  A mark someone made with sale in mind That somehow simply got left behind. -I vaguely remember we had a pair In order to discourage sibling despair One somehow no longer in service… Something to do with […]

Fellow Ship*

I hope you don’t mind my taking of the liberty To spread a gentlle note of Christmas sensitivity- Quietly respecting those on their own, Whether by choice or a state to bemoan. This time of year can be that much harder When there’s nobody else to share the ardour- The excitement of childhood looking on, […]

Pre-Christmas Chaos*

‘Tis the season of chaos-born fantasy… Frantic shopping an inevitability With last minute touches still to be found In spite of the urge to flee from the town. High Streets rivalling the M25 With hordes of pedestrians grappling to survive, Dragging their children and multiple bags, The joy on all faces beginning to sag, Caught […]

School’s Out*

To those of you in Education, I bid you a singularly restful vacation, Albeit rather compact in size, -So best leave no room for compromise…(!) ‘Tis well-deserved by all accounts, This week seeing exhaustion mount As students find new energy To counterbalance staff lethargy, With only hours left to go Until it’s time to close […]

Receipt Deceit*

Christmas is coming – Just in case you cannot tell… Streets jammed solid with serial shoppers, A particular personal hell: People walking side by side Clutching their carrier bags with pride, Glowing with gentle thoughts of hope For this year’s gift -No more ‘soap-on-a-rope(!) Or Dad’s Favourite Aftershave (To be fair, he’d never felt that […]

‘Tis The Season*

We’re walking in the air 1 -At least, we would if we were there, Hand in hand with with a giant snowman To the fading tones of the Sally Army Band, 2 Flying high above the mayhem Of general Christmas preparation… Hoards of shoppers with endless lists Downplaying the voices as children insist They absolutely must procure […]

Christmas Cardie*

It was lovely- but it didn’t really fit… What else am I supposed to do with it? A garment of such particular style (One that’s been off the scene a while) With crocheted flowers adorning the cuffs And finished with an elegant ruff, The sort of thing I’d never wear Though unquestionably fashioned with loving […]