But What is Number One ?

“…And Number One, deep in its steel case
lashing at forests, at continents, at cities,
befouling ocean, air-wave, blood-stream,

raising hordes
of zealots to slaughter their fellows
in the name of a phantasm,

breeding the will to deceive,
tending the urge to piracy and plunder,
nurturing despair, aiding inertia,

working deep in… Continue reading But What is Number One ?

The Shaming of Tiddalik

The election lost, we wander round the ruins and embers, still shell-shocked. And with Labour’s Miliband having resigned so swiftly, the contest for his successor gives no cause whatsoever for comfort or for hope. Who are these people jostling now to replace him ? What brought them to this position ? Has anyone yet had… Continue reading The Shaming of Tiddalik

Dying Aside

She’s 95
and in a side room

with tubes up her nostrils
and eyes without iris.

Death can be pain-free these days –
shrieking no longer on the menu.

Only she pants
like a woman in labour

snatching at the air
as the waves consume her.

The door
stands open… Continue reading Dying Aside

Day Naught (Friday 8th May 2015)

We wake to fangs and lowered eyes
and a few new
sound-bites for breakfast.

Davie.orc sees true
that five more years
of effing tories

call for a sugary word
or two to sweeten the toad
of his venomous victory.

“Talk ‘fairness’ chaps,” he glows
to his new cabinet.
“Sound all nice again.”… Continue reading Day Naught (Friday 8th May 2015)

Now What ?

If you look at the map of political power in the UK now – with red for Labour seats won, blue for Tory, Yellow for SNP – you see some very clear divisions and deployments :

Almost all of Scotland : SNP

Much of the North of England, the Midlands and Wales (though… Continue reading Now What ?

Re-uniting the United Kingdom

My partner has begun to dread the subject of Cameron. Cameron fills our heads and house far too often. What if, after all, Cameron retains power this Thursday, or sometime thereafter ? Another five years of this, she wonders ?

But what if Cameron doesn’t ? What then ? Where will all this anxiety… Continue reading Re-uniting the United Kingdom

Anger Uncaged at Election Time

Over the last few weeks I have been sharing the Parrot’s cage with him.

On finishing my version of John Skelton’s poem “Speak, Parrot” (see post below), I felt galvanised by it, amazed both to have come up with it (riding on Skelton’s shoulders, admittedly), and also at its topicality. It spoke for me… Continue reading Anger Uncaged at Election Time

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