Isola nation 

29 Jan


One rocky isle in the open sea,

A safe haven for people who flee,

The desperate, hungry, refugees.

Part of a whole greater than itself.

Before the dark times came.

When there’s a loss in prosperity,

There can be a crisis of identity.

Demagogues on the prowl,

Whipping up,

Finding someone to blame.

‘Let’s get back control today, 

Let’s go it alone, 

Let’s do it our way’.

So to the ballot box they descended,

Consensus they ended,

And yes, they went their own way,

Banners flying for Independence Day.

Isola nation,

Newly born,

Viewed outsiders with scorn.


Old agreements null and void,

So new arrangements need to be made,

Going far and wide to sell our wares,

For any price, 

To anyone there.

Meanwhile back on the Isle,

Poisonous ideas were on the rise,

Who fits in and who doesn’t not,

‘Be gone, 

be gone, 

be gone with them,

Let’s make Isola great again.’


Brain drain followed,

For them not the cold of this barren rock,

One by one they left, they left,

Leaving very little, little left.

They went their own way, they did of course,

But no nation is truly an island.

Much diminished this cruel island became,

For shame, 

Isola Nation,

The clue was in the name.


29 Dec


Over words I sometimes stumble,

Talking about anything, nothing,

Sometimes I just talk for the sake of it.

A hilarious memory remembered,

In conversation resurrected,

Politics debated.

For those minutes you are in my power,

While I ramble,


hoping to connect,

And stay connected to you,

I ramble,


As I don’t want the silence of being alone.

The Garden

28 Dec

Long ago there was a garden,

 where flowers, trees 

and plants grew row on row,

Watered by 4 rivers that gently flow.

It was left to two brothers,

It was a bequest, 

a promise, 

with a request to share.
The brothers went forth and multiplied, 

raised a nation of offspring with their wives, 

but conflict arose from their stubborn pride, 

for the garden they swore to share.   
Rather than commit fratricide,

 Sadiq took his family to a wilderness exile far from there,

beyond the garden that was promised, 

the bequest

 with the request to share.
From the fruits of the land, 

Yoni’s children thrived,

but were watched by many jealous eyes, 

Strangers invaded 

and forced his children from their land, 

whilst they watched their tents burn, 

they vowed one day to return,

to the garden, the bequest 

with a request to share.
The children of Sadiq came back home,

To a land left desolate and alone,

Trees were replanted,

Seeds were resown,

The garden, which had seen such strife,

Slowly began to return to life.
For centuries the children of Yoni continued to roam,

Showed nothing but hostility,

Spared no pity,

But they never forgot their garden home,

The bequest, with a request to share.
They were butchered, they suffered,

Such malice was shown,

So from across the sea 

they fled back home,

To the garden promised, 

The bequest, with the request to share.

But the children of Sadiq and Yoni quarrelled,

Anger boiled from words to deeds,

To conflict over their claim,

The promised land in blood 

made profane.
So this is our story, General,

We both wanted a piece of paradise,

But we have paid a bloody price,

How much blood and tears have been shed,

Since hatred reared its ugly head?

Put down your gun, take my olive branch,

Let us forgive,

Let us learn to live in peace,

In this garden that was promised to us both,

The bequest, with a request,

to share.

Solstice 2016

21 Dec

‪Among the stones,‬
‪I gaze at the past,‬

‪Contemplating the future.‬

‪How long the darkness will last,‬

‪On the darkest day,‬

‪The sun finally rises.‬

Human rights

10 Dec

A human has the right to live,

The right to love and be loved in return,

The right to grow, 

the right to learn.
A human has the right to be safe

live free from fear

The right to live 

without flows of tears.
Your rights are their rights,


Deprive them,

Deny them

you deny yours and mine.
Rights are rights ,

be it in the remains of a bombed city,

A refugee camp

Or the streets of Britain.

The ballad of the small island

22 Nov

Listen! I tell the tale of the small island 

Who voted to turn away from the world. 

Well, the result was close, 

split nearly down the middle. 

It was the idea of identity.

Who’s in or out, 

who belongs, who doesn’t, 

who surly border guards should stop 

or allow to proceed. 

A thorny issue that stung,

drew blood.

It caused leaders to fall from their thrones, 


it sent shockwaves not just across a stunned nation, 

continent but the planet.

However, the staggering thing was that the politicians, 

those latter day monks 

that inhabited those Whitehall cells, 

seemed to have no plan.

Going for the exit may have meant 

going for the exit, 

but what about what happened next,

when you step over the doorstep?

The ship boarded tentatively,

 but what course should we lay Captain? 

Months have gone by, without detail, 

no real policy given, 

no direction.

Do we build a wall to keep out?

Do we negotiate new trade deals without the added clout 

of 27 brothers and sisters on our corner? 

All the while it’s far from quiet in the country.

Emotions were stirred like embers, 

sparking a conflagration.

Abuse given on buses.

‘Go home’ I’ve heard them shout, 

along with other obscenities,

Rampant bigotry 

spreading like poison in the vacuum.

Whilst silence, inaction 

Indecision reigns on that small island that voted to turn away.

To look inward instead of outward.

Oh small little island, how small you have become.

Dear children

29 Oct

Dear Children


Dear children,

Despite what they tell you, 

Despite those harsh tests they impose on you,

Where they measure you,

Unfairly compare you.

With fronted adverbials

Rough worded questions designed to trick you

They demoralise you.

Dear children,

Your curiosity

Your creativity is all that matters to me.