Belief

She said I was doing really well, and I didn’t believe her. She said I was a natural, and I didn’t believe her. She said she wanted me there, and I didn’t believe her.   They said I made mistakes, and I believed them. They whispered behind my back, and I believed them They judged…

Listen

Listen to the car air conditioning, engine noise, tick tick of indicators and all the others on the road backwards and forwards busy busy always going someplace   Listen to the people talking always talking sometimes good and deep, songs and beauty sometimes mean and cruel and shouting often chatter chatter echoing in emptiness  …

The mirror’s reply

Magic mirror on the wall who is the greediest one of all Politician, autocrat, living soft and getting fat Mining magnate, money maker Earth destroyer, lying faker, Oil exec, smog purveyor air killer, world betrayer All the rest, half asleep led around like mindless sheep Magic mirror on the wall says all of you. I…

Payment

I smile and am meek you imagine me weak I pretend I don’t hear every word in my ear Your heaping of scorn upon me has been born But behind my facade I’m cold and I’m hard measure for measure I’ve stored your cruel treasure and when I am ready my hand will be steady…

Cog

They throw you out and tell you with every action and reaction that you are surplus to requirements worn out and used up turned in one moment from a boon to a burden   Then one day the great news comes Society has deigned to take you back even second-hand parts can still have use…

Bliss

There’s nothing like a nice hot bath when the weather is cold but bear in mind you have to do it right   As hot as you can stand a pleasant scent, jasmine maybe, or lavender whatever makes you happy and don’t forget the bubbles   It must be done at night never during the…

Pity Her

Blind in her wants screaming for approval unable to compromise me me me agree with me, look at me it’s all about me   Will that be me when I grow old will I turn into her have I already No one is innocent we all have faults do I need to take the beam…

Need

You grow up learning how wrong it is to shout and yell and scream Only children have tantrums Adults don’t cry Grow up! Behave! Act your age!   Swallow it down Swallow it down You must be decorous, quiet and appropriate Your cries echo only around the inside of your skull You wail silently in…

Lucky country

This is the lucky country but lucky for who lucky if you’re born in the right place affluence and influence then you can have the right education make the right contacts and enter the right employment work hard and up you go aren’t you lucky   Lucky that you’ve never wondered how to pay the…

Ghost city

Faded city, silent city buildings loom eerie, white on grey, shadow people pass, faceless, noiseless rushing nowhere in such a hurry there, and then gone traffic is mere wisps of movement blurs of vacant motion I can’t quite hear I can’t quite see nothing comes into focus nothing is clear no colour, no life only…