Zooming back to reality

When we get back to the officeAnd when I’m in a meeting roomI wonder if I will rememberIt’s different to when you’re on Zoom Will I turn up in the nick of timeWhilst making a cup of tea?Will I clap out loud, or raise my hand For all of my colleagues to see? When IContinue reading “Zooming back to reality”

Red Buoy

The seagulls hoverThe waves turn silentThere’s stillness in the airAnticipationPalpitationBuilding everywhere Dogs aren’t barkingKids have stopped cryingThe fast before the feastFrom over the horizonEverybody’s eyes-are-onA quite magnificent beast Pounding ‘long the beachRed buoy as his armourThe crowds stand back in aweThe music getting louderThe sand kicks up like powderWho is he? What’s he for? SpeedingContinue reading “Red Buoy”

23.02.21

He’s done. He’s fallen into the abyssHe can’t remember ever feeling quite as low as thisEverything seems pointless, happiness departedCan’t be bothered to complete any task that he has started Getting no enjoyment from any thing that he may doGoing nowhere very fast is all he sees that’s trueDo it well, do it poorly, don’tContinue reading “23.02.21”

An Ode to 2021

Dear next year, it’s new year’s eveAnd I think we need a wordTo think I’m talking to a yearMay at first seem quite absurd But, you see, it’s vitalIn the next year, that we findIt is nothing whatsoeverLike the year we leave behind 2020 really didFall well below the barShocking effort, didn’t tryThe worst ofContinue reading “An Ode to 2021”

13 December

Hello. Hi there. I’m sorry to disturb you, but..You’ve not seemed yourself for a whileI’m probably just nosey, getting in your way, it’s just..I can’t remember when I last saw you smile Maybe you’ll tell me, and maybe you won’tDoes it matter that I went out of my way?Months ago I noticed, weeks ago IContinue reading “13 December”

Life in the balance

You lie here before meLife in the balance The wonders of scienceThe irresistible will power of natureIn battle Sickness, silence, contemplation, flowersThe occasional bleep from a white machineThis is our new environment A television in the corner of the room But no desire to break the silence What will happen in the next minute, hour, day?What willContinue reading “Life in the balance”

So many ways to smile

The Reverend Richard Coles thinks when wearing a mask, no-one can see you smile. I beg to differ : You can smile with your sparkling eyesYou can also smile with your deedsYou can make another person smileWhen you put them before your own needs You can smile with a kindly gestureYou can smile in theContinue reading “So many ways to smile”

I turned thirty-nine this week

The passing of another yearI’ve just turned thirty-nineI’m marking it with NetflixAnd a decent bottle of wine Utterly forgettable(My age, not the booze)To reach an age so tediousCan hardly pass as news I don’t remember thirty-eightAnd it comes as no surpriseThat thirty-seven too it seemedPassed before my eyes Don’t think I’m complainingBut I just don’tContinue reading “I turned thirty-nine this week”

It’s the little things I miss

The end of another dayA chance to reminisceAbout the things I long forIt’s little things I miss Standing on the platformWhilst waiting for my trainFamiliar commutersIn sunshine, wind and rain Alighting at the stationWhen the campus comes aliveWalking to the Med School‘Cross the road on Vincent Drive Catching-up with colleaguesMany now are friendsHearing all theContinue reading “It’s the little things I miss”