Life is Worth Living

May 24, 2013

Because this morning I woke up in an orange room

with a warm body next to mine, an arm

flung across a sheet and the cat

levering itself up across the duvet,

claws for picks, gingerly, oh gingerly,

like Captain Scott, making his way

across the mountainous range

of the newly gifted feather topper;

with the soft mew of intention,

pinned against the tip

of his rose petal

tongue.

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May 14, 2013

I meant to say
that the garden looked beautiful
in the sunlight
with the shadows
highlighting its brilliance
like a ray-gun slice of reality
– and the bluebells spot lit
as though almost
in a Star-Trek transporter beam.
But then the light changed
and the clouds moved.
Somewhere in another street
a dog barks
and the cars continue
to impersonate the sea.

May 9, 2013

Now this is the winter of our discontent
we shall wait with weight upon our heads;
We’ve made a list of calculations
say Eton educated men.

The elderly must sell their houses.
Women learn to stay at home –
the public sector doesn’t need you
we only had it on a loan.

Disabled children lose their bedrooms.
Immigrants are left to bleed –
as nurses learn, they’ve no compassion
and teachers’ hands are tied to teach.

Now this is the winter of our discontent
we shall wait with weight upon our heads
– Hurt’s us just as much as you
say Eton educated men.

Hospitals are shaved with scapulas;
students work from age 16,
abandon all ye education,
learn to parrot dates and scenes.

Abandon college for a factory,
learn to work and feed machines,
the system has a need of people
to push the train that oils the wheels.

Now this is the winter of our discontent
we shall wait with weight upon our heads
– Yours is not to question why
said Eton educated men.

The country has a brand new boys club
made for banks and billionaires,
leave your bullion at the cloakroom
to be laundered, stroked and freshly aired.

The sick are signed up to the work force
as idleness should never pay.
If you are rich and very wealthy
we hope that you enjoy your stay.

Now this is the winter of our discontent
we shall wait with weight upon our heads –
The poor are often underserving
say Eton educated men.