A world of terror

Last Friday in New Zealand, a man entered two separate places of worship with a semi-automatic weapon, and opened fire. Fifty people are dead, with many more injured, while they were praying. Three men have been arrested. The gunman has faced court, making white supremacist gestures. He filmed at least part of the attack, streaming…

St Maggies

What do you call a hospital That doesn’t have any doctors? Where patients are tended After a fashion By disenchanted nurses Where the senile and confused Wander unattended through the rooms Of the sick and injured Wailing their confusion To their own detriment and the distress of the rest What do you call a hospital…

Public hospitals and other weirdness

Over the last few weeks I have been experiencing (as a concerned onlooker) the wonderful public health system in Australia. What I have taken away from this is the determination to hang on to my private health cover no matter what. First – how to find the patient in the public health system. Shouldn’t be…

The Circumlocution Office

I need income support Sure, they say And I wait and I wait and Oh, haven’t we done that? We’ll get right on it And I wait and I wait and Oh, it got stuck in the computer All sorted now And I wait and I wait and Haven’t we done that yet? It’ll be…

Annihilation of a human being

This is how you do it Step by step, dismantling of a life Marginalisation first Age, disability, race Deny employment While pretending it’s nothing personal Remove services Because who can afford to subsidise the useless Repossess homes, transport And sneer at the human rubbish on the street A job well done

The plan

Once upon a time there was a country where a group of people had been selected by the rest of the people to be in charge. (The rest of the people may have made a big mistake doing this, but that’s another story.) Anyway, this group could be identified in various ways. They all dressed…

Maybe

Maybe I’m blind But I can’t see why It’s so hard to help people live. Maybe I’m dumb But I don’t understand Why some grab more and more Why others have less and less. Maybe I’m deaf But why can’t I hear Protests for a better way That are louder than a whisper When they…

Create Destroy

Charcoal to parchment the designer creates Stone upon stone the labourers bring Chisel to stone, the sculptor shapes Cathedral rises, to honour the King Atoms and poison, the scientists’ domain Working and slaving until the job’s done To end a war is their laudable aim Mushroom blossoms to blot out the sun Mallets and picks,…

Bullying – why does it happen?

As long as people have been around, there have been bullies, and their victims. We like to think that we are becoming more civilized, but some things never seem to change, in spite of laws and rules of conduct. I believe that there are certain aspects of human behaviour that are so deeply ingrained that…

A parliamentary plea

We can’t afford it, the government cries We can’t let the poor eat Because then we’d miss out on the next gala brunch Offering all that is tasty and sweet   We can’t tax big business, The poor things must keep what they’ve got Everyone knows that taxing should only Be paid by those who…