I’m unpacking the bags from under my eyesAnd had a good night’s sleep, thank you.I hardly ever used to remember my dreamsBut, now and again, now I do. I’ve not always had my best interests at heart.I often wonder whether I ever knew.Not learnt lessons by saying sorry quite a few timesEven though I was […]
The birds are back in the squareand my flat cat would love to attack for a dareas they swoop from the skies to the tree.But he’d find it nigh on impossible to be fairto make any kind of capture or kill in his laireven if out on the streets. No chance of doing his devilry. […]
Blood and guts over a solicitor’s quill.Skeletons in the cupboard in for the kill.Eyes in dark mirrors.Theirs staring socketed together at each other.
All olly-topped, the zippy freebedWith ogles in its chackAnd then it tuttered by the worgAnd orped beneath the clap. Now, unbescotting to our ploffA camanoogle hocks.It’s piffing round the floofy jicksAnd blonking round the sox. And oh alas! It poops the zipAnd timpers like a mooshAs meanwhile unbejugging pocksThe zip beneath the woosh. The camanoogle […]
Had worn her heart on a sleeve.Had hid it when she’d had to grieve.She’d cried for much less sincefor every unworthy prince. A moat of tears had flooded her moat.Her draw-bridge had buckled under the messages she’d wrote.One winter morn, the snow had settled, and laywhere she would a following summer’s day. America loomed large, […]
The parents hug their childrenWhile their children cry As on the ship out of port‘Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye.’ Grow up to be a good girlAnd look after the little man.And as she says those wordsShe lets go her little hand. At the thought of that, she thinks her thoughts.Years later, she […]
After bottles, vases and jarsOff they go to get smashed in pubs, discos and bars.“If you blow it, that’s it, you see”Confided one glass-blower. The factory carried onbut survival wouldn’t be long.Redundancies got higheras productivity got lower. Laid off workers sankto the bottom of their bosses’ aquarium tank.They cut it so finetheir once diamond vessel […]
Finally, what was there from its beginnings was clearer.How the coldness had been hidden behind an hysterically hyped up veneer.A scientist opportunist conning peers.A philanthropist grave-digger snatching moneyed sneers. I’m not going to judge lest I be judged.I’m not going to hold a grudge lest they begrudge.Nor march to the next century to just trudge.Nor […]
The delicate little onesTurn upside downInside their fragile little homesGravitating over the earth. Trees, uprooted, lie.Monochrome televisions flickerAs the delicate little onesPut price tags on objects of no worth. The delicate little onesPass on their virusesAnd die little deathsBefore their defences can react. Lollypop ladies stand.Constellations fadeAs the delicate little onesSee family heirlooms ransacked.
New collection just finished. 12 new poems and collages from lockdown (in menu above)