Poems

Notes of Loss

In shock we tuned in to the rolling news,And tears were shed across the nation,Leaders stepped up to share loving views,With tributes and stories of her dedication.Oaths, pledges and prayers all about us rang,As the coffin snaked to its lying in state,While crowds laid flowers and choristers sang,The country prepared for the funeral date.For decades …

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Fine Lines

Why, they ask, was the gathering wrong,Just a few people for not very long?Happy Birthday with a slice of cake –It seems their rules are theirs to break. On Fridays at 4 they held Wine Time,For the rest of us that would be a crime,Empty bottles piled up in those bins,Offer yet more proof of …

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Playing with Words

It all began with the Brexit bus,Promising aid to our NHS,Bold phrases fuelled by repetition,Key details lost by subtle omission. Rejecting the notion of ‘Lacking trust’,Politicians prefer to be ‘Levelling up’, with‘World-beating stats’ and ‘Record highs’,Even as Covid continues to rise.

Lasting Posts

How much time did we spend online, Creating our Covid message mine! Just a few words, so easy to send, The way to stay in touch with friends.

The Bat That Bit

Yes, I’m the one: the bat that bit, An act that landed quite a hit, If I had known what would unfold, Perhaps I’d not have been so bold.   Since all of you love global travel, It didn’t take long for life to unravel, At first the spread felt fairly slow, But by mid-March …

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Spoon-Feeding

You fed me with a spoon that day, For the first time.  A tear in your eye, Delight at that memorable milestone, And all those yet to come – Such as learning to talk and handle a fork. Then, I’d make that walk to school and see My world open up in the blink of …

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Visiting Grenfell

It all looks so different today, that  smoking charcoal block, now pale, swathed in creamy covers rippling in the breeze. At the top, the banner of green: Grenfell Forever in Our Hearts. The words descend in silence, stirring memories of that night.