Hue and Cry

On the news they warn: the city's now a combat zone Turned off the TV and went outside to be alone Some I know are marching, mostly peaceful, others not Strangers now are asking me if I'm a patriot Sitting in my garden, how I love the peace and quiet I'll fight for a cause … Continue reading Hue and Cry

Thank Queue

“I’m watching you,” the voice said down the phone.“Where are you?” I asked, pulling into the car park.“Drive straight on until you see a yellow Smart Car. I’m just past it on the right.”“Did you say yellow Smart Car?”“I know, don’t even...”“Who in their right mind drives around in a yellow Smart Car?”“Banana Man.”“Who’s Banana … Continue reading Thank Queue

Emotional Baggage

Several years ago while travelling around Ukraine I entered the only shop in a remote village to buy a couple of cold drinks. Placing my purchases on the counter, the elderly shopkeeper tallied my bill on an abacus then pushed it toward me. Not entirely up to speed on ancient counting tools which predate our … Continue reading Emotional Baggage

Consequential Confidential

I think at times, oh yes, I thinkThat I would make the best Rat FinkThe sort who listens to friends’ talesThen snitches, sending them to jailsFor foolery and crimes and tricks(those deeds which get you two-to-six)But then again I’d better notThey are a vengeful, wicked lotWho’d want to even up the scoreFor they know me … Continue reading Consequential Confidential