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The 70th Birthday

Michael Rosen was commissioned to write this poem for the 60th birthday of the NHS, ten years ago.  Rosen was the UK Children’s Poet Laureate at the time, but this poem was for everyone. He gave me his enthusiastic permission to include and display it on… Continue reading The 70th Birthday

Parrot Speaks True and Plain

This is probably the last of my series of Parrot poems. They were written quite thick and fast through June, with various very topical references. Thanks to my friend Roger Chaffin for suggesting I use the rhyme royal form.

The references to a parrot come… Continue reading Parrot Speaks True and Plain

Parrot Speaks of Dividends and Dishonour

Parrot Speaks of Youth and Hope

Skelton’s parrot is a bird of paradise. But  he mustn’t go on too long. If he has truth to tell in our storm, and wants to be heard, he has to be strategic. His cage is also his sanctuary.

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Parrot Speaks of Community and Dust

The three Parrot sayings going up this morning come more from Skelton’s original “Speak, Parrot” text than the two that went up yesterday. You can find at least some of the original poem on the home page of this blog (see right hand side). Obviously I’ve… Continue reading Parrot Speaks of Community and Dust

Parrot Speaks of Law and Dust

The caged parrot keeps talking and seems to have quite a lot to say. His original author John Skelton was alive during the Reformation, another time in which England broke away from Europe in various ways. For the Reformation was not

Those who Fear to Sleep

A Sentence Called Humanity

Augustin Doing Life

“Augustin Doing Life” is the title of a poem I wrote eight years ago. The Augustin of the title is Augustin Robespierre, younger brother of the much better known and also more fanatical Maximilien Robespierre, both swept along by the upheavals of the French Revolution, and quite… Continue reading Augustin Doing Life

A Brace of Dreadful Centuries

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