I enjoy anything to do with words: poet, singer-songwriter, scriptwriting, acting, reading, cryptic crosswords. I am a folk musician, playing violin, guitar, mandolin and mouthorgan. Having been an international communications facilitator, (i.e. MFL teacher) I am currently a tutor of deaf students and love my work. Yippee - now retired! So I have far less time to do everything I want to!
If I Only Had The Words Trapped inside my brain Ten thousand fledglings wait Each sparkling with hope Within this hopeless state. In their unfettered world They jostle to be free, Yet one by one the flame is gone – They shrink and die in me. Oh! Womb of future past Where birth pains sear, Ambitions fear and Creativity disappears, In darkest night My dreams take flight As they aspire To cast their light. This living Tower of Troy, This dried-up seed of joy, Wherein lie all my hopes, still free, This silent cell without a key. For I would give my all If but my thoughts were heard. Come – free me from my silence – If I only had the words! Gulf War Special Oh, it will all be very jolly when we ship you off to war ‘cos Hussein’s a cruel bully and its time he was no more. With your call-up papers posted, pack your kit and oil your gun, And we’ll ship you to the desert – you’ll enjoy a bit of sun. Anthrax jabs, Malaria tabs, Boil up your billy for your rat-pack bag. Things don’t look so bad as we’re firing on Baghdad. Can’t wait to see Kuwait – How far’s Basra? Scorpion hider and camel spider Back in the pan where our tents all stand And the sandstorm’s power strips paint and skin. There’s times I’d like to jack it in! But I really should be thankful For we’ve spare parts by the tankful And a shower-bag that’s hot – though soap there’s not! For the lass who’s my best mate – or My germ proof respirator And the blueys from back home Which keep me sane. ‘cept, as I dig another hole For one more mutilated soul, I’ll be glad when we are shipped back home again.
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The Wedding (05/02/2016)
THE BIRTH (25/01/2016)
Spare The Rod (17/01/2016)
The Ballad Of The Artful Dodger (01/04/2014)
Old Age (18/05/2013)
Citizen's Lament (01/04/2013)
On Social Strata (06/03/2013)
The Great Burger Stakes (11/02/2013)
MOUNT OLYMPUS (02/02/2013)
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