If only

I was just starting to stir this morning. Not quite asleep, not quite awake, lying in the world in between. I felt nothing. No pain, no tiredness, for a moment I thought I had recovered and allowed space to entertain the feeling. But I took a breath and time moved on and it all cameContinue reading “If only”

Ode to a Bad Day #2

I am going through some old poems and revising a few, which is as much as I can muster right now mid-relapse. I wrote this one two years ago when I thought I was having a bad day. Perspective can be a wonderful thing and it can also be brutal as I look back todayContinue reading “Ode to a Bad Day #2”

Defective

New poem for ME Awareness Month 2021. I wanted to write something that reflects the frustration of being dismissed, ignored & gaslighted because we cannot be “good productive members” of a consumerist economy. Seems apt to post this on International Workers Day too. For more information on living with M.E or caring for someone withContinue reading “Defective”

The Frog and the Scorpion Part II

It maybe part of our nature but we can still change. *** The frogs and the scorpions gathered side by side as they watched their beloved kin sink beneath the rushing flow of the river. The frogs bowed their heads and turned away from the scorpions. “Please!” said the scorpions. “Do not leave us. NowContinue reading “The Frog and the Scorpion Part II”

Rule of Three

Get A Test  You Know Best  Keep Numbers Down  For The Clown  Get On Line  It takes Time  Drive Ninety Miles  With Sick Child  Don’t Blame Me  ‘Cause It’s Free  Labs Can’t Cope  All Shoulders Slope  Heed The Phrase  HandsFaceSpace  All We Need  Three-Word Feed  Syllables Only Two  Can’t Not Confuse. * Rule of SixContinue reading “Rule of Three”

Reminding The Forgotten

New poem: Reminding The Forgotten Part One * * Oh do sit down. You are spoiling my view. No-one wants to hear  From the Likes of you.  * Please take your rants  and your large-lettered cards.  And stand over there  Where the other ones are: * The sad and the mad ones  that couldn’t quiteContinue reading “Reminding The Forgotten”

The Search for Truth (Poem)

The search for Truth We set out together to find it: I, scaled the hill and slid down the mountain; You, soared over the lake and  stalked through the trees. * “I found it!” We both said, Grasping at the shimmering stone  that had clung to the earth,  wiping it clean with a sleeve. *Continue reading “The Search for Truth (Poem)”

The Cloak of Silence

It has took me a long while to appreciate silence. Our minds become accustomed to a level of noise which we don’t realise becomes comforting, sending us signals that life is how we would consider normal. I used to love the distinct whirring and wheezing of the Jubilee line, the trilling of the beeps atContinue reading “The Cloak of Silence”

Our Hopes for You

Without realising I seem to have been preparing my second poetry collection. I haven’t published my first yet but all the advice I have read or heard about writing encourages us to keep going and keep creating. The theme of my second collection will be Hope, following on from the first, Crisis. This poem, writtenContinue reading “Our Hopes for You”

The President’s Defense

*Wouldn’t it be great if people did what I wanted?Followed all my beliefs, knew my right and my wrong?What a world of perfection and precision I’d have,if you all just could join in, my global song. Any “outliers” of course would be found and removed,hidden from view,  as best I can.Then I could give everyoneContinue reading “The President’s Defense”