On a Carousel

Morning mourners come to terms with their birth.Toddlers clamber up shoes piled up in the corner of the room;Start school, risk getting into trouble or not, do their homework,and love most things that go crack, bang and boom. Later and well before, flower bulbs are lobbed into the sea.Seeds rain down on seaworthy upside-down roofs.Everyone […]

Foreign Language Birds

A pigeon at the foreign languages facultygoes to seagull classes out to sea.As Flamingoes chip away for their exam in ‘Woodpecker up a Tree’An exchange English crow gets French sparrow tutorials on the streets of gay Paris. Greenfinches studying ‘Parrot’ do their bestas kingfishers get hooked on ‘Gold-crest’.As model eagle students soar above the rest.Mallard […]

Character Assassin

You can’t even see eye to eyeWith yourself in your own mirror.You don’t say goodbyeTill there’s nobody left to hear. Every record you have jumps.Can’t stutter without an impediment.As a child missed out on mumps.Paid a mortgage in rent. Can’t remember names on christenings.Every bill you get is wrong.Can’t concentrate without listening.Can’t sit down to […]

ever the optimist

There used to be balloons.Rotating girls in revolving skirts to spiralling tunes.There were stain glass windows in kaleidoscopes.Climbing acrobats and daisy chain ropes. There used to be rivers of streets running to the city’s gaping mouthand compass boats blown like ticker tape south.There were jugglers and minstrels and jukebox sky-scraping towers.There used to be heart-beds […]