Report

I wish to report a strange man

of average height, indeterminate

skin colour but a knowing look

who sidled into town today

wearing an immaculate top hat

and shoddy trainers.

He said he was searching

for a convenient park

popular with the townspeople

where he could… Continue reading Report

Six Truth Works Three Tattoos

Here in the UK, recent elections and this Summer’s cataclysmic EU referendum have been opportunities for liars, demagogues and PR specialists to practice their skills on the population, in order to sway it to their will. The phenomenon is not unique to the UK, nor of course is it unprecedented.

But the pervasive dishonesty… Continue reading Six Truth Works Three Tattoos

“The People” is Sovereign. To defraud the sovereign is a capital offence.

In the UK following its EU referendum, “the People’s Will” is a phrase now often being quoted with reverence as something unarguable, final, almost sacred, however uncomfortable.

The phrase is being quoted most often and with greatest reverence by the

Three Poems post-Brexit

 

Last Stand

 

The hyphen between

I and Thou

is our last stand

and foothold.

There’s nowhere else

to retreat to. No set answer

no fixed place. Centuries back

the desert fathers came here

and left strange word behind

among… Continue reading Three Poems post-Brexit

Where to Look for Answers ?

Post Brexit, despair floods in, layer by layer ; the lamentable result itself, how it was arrived at, and the background from which the mayhem welled up, now cascading all over us. Any space anywhere for hope ?

In search of hope, where might we expect to look ? To the steppe from whence… Continue reading Where to Look for Answers ?

How can we Defend Free Speech from the Lie ?

This piece follows the recent UK referendum on our membership of the EU. Both the quality of the debate and the “decision” that came out of it have left many millions of people reeling and horrified.

But how was that decision arrived at ? Why do so many of us find it impossible to… Continue reading How can we Defend Free Speech from the Lie ?

Riding the Hyphen between I and Thou

With our present tumult and travails in mind, I have remembered a series of poems I wrote in the mid-nineties called “I Hyphen Thou.” I thought they might be relevant then, but they seem even more so now. Below are two short extracts.

The idea of the hyphen is based on a book called… Continue reading Riding the Hyphen between I and Thou

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