Dear 2022

Now listen in hard, year ‘22There aren’t many days to goAnd before you start unleashing hellThere are some things you need to know You can’t be much like this yearAnd not like the one beforeNow I hope you’re paying attentionFor we need to know what is in store This year was a major improvementOn 2020,Continue reading “Dear 2022”

Going it alone

I wrote this on 23rd June 2016 – the day of the Brexit referendum, before the results were announced and whilst there was a sense of foreboding amongst remain voters. Whether Brexit will be judged as the right thing or the wrong thing will only be determined by historians, many generations from now. In theContinue reading “Going it alone”

It’s a caterpillar’s life

Suspended in mid-airThen shimmies to the groundLimbo time is overHe wants to look around Something odd beyond the bushesMaking him suspiciousBut the angel on his shoulderSays it looks delicious “Go on, Tom, be strong, be boldWinners never linger”Cautiously approachesA discarded fishfinger Crispy on the outsideSmudgy on the innerNo caterpillar has ever hadA more fulfilling dinner

Misc. 1

History – a cacophonyOf triumphs and mistakesAcademic comment doesn’tChange the course it takes It introspects, influencesComments and reflectsBut rarely has it everChanged what inexorably comes next Some songs I just can’t listen toThey bring back too much painFrom the day that I first heard themLife was never quite the same Keep one foot with theContinue reading “Misc. 1”

Killing Time

The paper stares right back at meTaunting with its whitenessShadows once evaded now areHiding from the brightness Memory is dull right now andDampened with emotionDesperate to cling on toThe illusion of devotion Telling tales inside my mind ofSelf-deceit; chicanery Akin to the deluded mindsThat oversaw our slavery Subterfuge abounds around thePoliticians and lawyersTheir clumsiness itself revealsContinue reading “Killing Time”

Hey You

This is a song I wrote whilst at university in Exeter. I recorded it several years later in a recording studio in Manchester. It’s called “Hey You”. Hey you, don’t know what I’d doIf it weren’t for youYou’re the one of whom I thinkSee you as the missing linkIn the chainGirl you’re in my brainAndContinue reading “Hey You”

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”