While the Streets fill with Homeless

Home to let, and there they are Another long line of desperate people Fear and despair on every face They’ll apply, they’ll all apply, Doesn’t matter what the place looks like Doesn’t matter how overpriced the rent Everyone needs a roof over their head And so they’ll all apply The property owners and their agents…

Desire and Fear

The world we perceive Is not as concrete as we imagine Less built of stone and earth More of desire and fear It is our needs and wants That give shape to our surroundings It is our fears and phobias That construct our walls Memory tells us what to expect And paints our days in…

Truth, Like Water

What is a bowl But a thing which contains Its function defined By the space inside People are the same Made to contain Soul and heaven Flesh only the housing For the truth within Truth, like water Runs through all parts of life You need only find the stream And drink your fill Becoming past,…

Same Old Happy New Year

The years roll by Faster and faster Hurtling past at breakneck speed Happy new year Blink once or twice And it’s happy new year again Another repetition of the same old thing The earth circles around the sun Our lives circle around themselves And the only thing that changes  Is the speed with which we…

Your Last Christmas

It is hard, after everything To put the pain and frustration of years aside To tread softly and speak gently Because it could be your last Christmas It is hard to trust The evidence of my eyes You have lied so often Feigned illness or incapacity But you can barely hear You struggle to comprehend…

The Real Gifts

Here’s a Christmas cracker Open it with me It pops apart and Peace rains down On us like confetti Here’s a little bottle   Corked in at the top Pop the cork and drink the Joy Down to the final drop Here’s a Christmas present Topped with a shiny bow Open up and find my love…

Putting up the tree

It’s a store-bought plastic tree Old now, been in use for years Branches askew, from a cat climbing through But still, it is right for what I need Put together, spread out the fake branches, just so Tinsel next, wound round and around Then each decoration comes out of its wrapping (chosen over many years,…

Endless Moments

Sitting in a carpark Noise and cars and people I must shop, but I’m so tired And everything hurts A nearby tree gives shade Its green leaves vibrant under a clear blue sky Waving to the tune of a cool breeze A butterfly flutters past A tiny smudge of orange and black Sometimes it’s the…

The Physics of Seatbelts

Momentum versus inertia The science of everyday life Start, stop, start again  A body in motion Inside a body in motion Must keep together Or there will be consequences What a lifesaving invention Is this momentum stopper This inertia preserver The humble seatbelt

Butterfly Business

Climbing from the chrysalis Metamorphosis is done Spreading wings to dry And then it’s time to fly Time to get down to butterfly business Feeding from nectar Spreading pollen flower to flower Morning is time to bask for the sun Heat the wings in order to fly And taste the air for food and love…