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Cider Craic

Tea haze-phases work maelstrom to past troubles

as craic-anticipation glee-encourages

‘phone arrangements – chip supper piss-up with cards,

the whole gang’re going, all of them’ll be there.

Chip money extraction goes smoothly whilst we fight

over cider/wine/beer – grog dilemmas frazzle

anticipatorial fun-minds mid Two-Four.


Harully-chat car-participants scan the road


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The Point

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 ...

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TV News

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

a pe...

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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...

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Day's Reasons

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...

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Every Day Beauty

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...

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Tree Food

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.



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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,...

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climate change

Pulling Drays

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...

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Too Late

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...

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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...

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