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”

3rd March

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 “3rd March”

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”