Poetry Blog by Rich
Tags from last 12 months
The worker, at their decreed hour, keys a code and wakes their beast.
The worker has limitless thought, deed and future potential.
The worker has incredible power at their fingertips.
The worker’s permission is to use barely one thousandth.
The worker keys customer choices into a closed system.
The worker is fed from an ever-replenished stack of forms.
The worker keys an account ...
Monday 24th August 2020 9:02 am
I saw the TV news the other day –
A man stabbed some people
In a park in Reading.
Those poor folk had died,
rushed to hospital in vain,
nothing could be done and they perished.
An atrocity and most probably needless;
horrific and unfathomable,
strange but yet too common
in our curious, sometimes violent society.
I wondered about what might drive
Wednesday 8th July 2020 7:02 am
Poems have been written, protests held,
People have been killed, words spoken,
Folk have mobilised, only to be smashed,
and still we find deaf ears amidst those who rule –
and whilst love rules, the baton kills,
and whilst higher minds transcend, power has brutality,
and whilst force against force isn’t the path,
the pound and the fist do dictate,
the vested interest will n...
Friday 5th June 2020 7:04 am
Sunlight indicates the dawning of a new day’s potential,
striking the hill across the valley, alerting me to life:
sparrows peck in the strawberry bed, flutter in the birdbath
and the blackbird seeks vital food for her hedge-hidden chicks.
A new dawn’s blessings break for me every twenty-four hours,
I am guilty of taking many for granted, trusting fate
to bring me another, a...
Monday 18th May 2020 7:38 am
Everything novel turns normal, over time;
nature’s repetitive familiarity
making us ignore Earth’s every day beauty.
Birds fly in thin air – so too gnats and dragonflies;
dragons – as per legend – used to fly above us,
fairy tale creatures linked to the health of our land.
Fairies also fly, bringing wonder to children
yet to lose their magic, yet to have hope destroy...
Saturday 9th May 2020 8:28 am
Leaf-litter quiet; hornbeam coppice-spell silence.
Rustle-crunch footpad tread alarms creatures sharp –
signal felt – the woodland dim-listens:
woodpecker hammer-tat halt,
coo-choked wing-beat flap-clap dodge-tree
pigeon escapees furrow apprehension
through tepid woodland confidence –
response to my fumbled caution, fumbled stealth:
human incursion: def-con ten.
Wednesday 18th March 2020 8:37 pm
The Climate is changing, affecting the whole world,
affecting every living thing on the Earth,
with very many losers, most of whom will be
unrealised, unrecognised and uncounted.
Climate stats start with the number of people who
are impacted – nations displaced, islands gone, plains
flooded, livelihoods destroyed and peoples distraught
and we hear of folk’s plight weekly,...
Thursday 23rd January 2020 4:51 pm
Strange how we’re like shire horses, so much in
common with our fellow beasts of burden.
The story goes that shire horses, pulling
brewery drays, learn their routes, learn their stops.
More than that, they remember the order
the routes go, according to the week days.
On Tuesdays after a bank holiday,
the Shires would try following Monday’s route.
The horses have a mental ma...
Wednesday 15th January 2020 6:13 pm
It's already too late.
Too late to put the oil back in the ground.
Too late to re-bury all that coal.
Too late to unbleach the coral, freeze the meltwater, suck the carbon out of the air.
The forest has already burned.
The plastic is already there.
It's too late to remove the poison from our rivers, the litter from the whale, or the people from the wrong places.
Species are al...
Monday 6th January 2020 8:50 pm
Some of us have incredible judgement, rightly
earning the distinction of authority and
influence, enabling society to
benefit from their wisdom, knowledge and talent.
Guiding corporations and businesses, these
folk are trusted to use the power imbued in
them to make balanced decisions, driving forward
their companies, benefitting society.
These decisions shape our...
Wednesday 1st January 2020 10:34 am