A whole new world – Kepler452b
Scientists announced today,
The discovery of another Earth,
A whole new world
In the depths of space light years away.
Do the fish and the whales swim free,
In the distant seas of Kepler 452b?
If there ever was any life on Kepler 452b,
Did they cherish forests of thousands of trees?
If we traversed the stars to Kepler 452b,
Would we destroy or conserve what we came to see?
Would those days numbering 385 or more,
Be lived in peace or unending war?
Day by day,
Fashioned from clay.
We mould them,
Too harsh on welfare
Too soft on immigration.
Too harsh too soft,
Too harsh too soft.
We distrust grand speeches of passionate fire,
so we opt for play it safe politicians
that don’t inspire.
Our discourse moulds the clay wet
It’s Pygmalion politics
This is what we get.
New poem ‘Srebrenica’ on the 20th anniversary of the massacre.
is a tale we tell,
Of the depths to which Europe fell.
where neighbours once lived side by side,
Committed bloody genocide.
Slaughter in a ‘safe place’
A mark of blood and disgrace.
Remains a fork in the road.
Do we have the courage to tolerate
to ensure it
Sorry for my long absence, teaching has kept me very busy indeed. I shall be posting a few new projects on here so keep your eyes peeled!
Cross in the box
With election fever raging, I have created another free ebook of political poetry, called ‘Cross in the box.’
One such poem in the collection is this call for young people to register to use their ‘voice’ at the ballot box in May.
Use your voice
Use your voice,
Don’t lose your voice,
Your voice was not a gift given
But a right fought for,
Your right of choice denied to so many.
that they’re all the same
But they will only hear those who use their voice,
Who make their choice.
If you want to change the world,
You need not be a philosopher,
A rich man, nor politician,
Put a cross in the box,
Make your choice,
Use your voice,
Don’t lose your voice.
The future can change,
The land can slide,
With only the sound of your voice.
A new politics
We need a grown up politics
Not a Punch and Judy
‘He said she said’,
We need substance over style,
We see bluster,
Filibuster, while we dream,
We call for
A real politics.
We need a change,
A revolution in thinking politics,
A ‘get things done’ politics.
A politics truly of the people
for the people,
‘Not just for ambitious people’ politics.
A new politics.