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Sunday, 9 May 2021

POEM FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 2021

CIRCLE TIME


We have it every Friday.

We go round one by one

taking turns to say

what’s on our mind. 


Yesterday James discussed

visiting France this summer. 

Ahmad talked about his new baby sister;

Ruth spoke of her kitten. 


I said nothing. Again. 

Just stared at the swirls

on the carpet and shrugged.

Miss Ellis said I didn’t have to talk

if I didn’t want. 


And I wish I could tell them.

I wish I could explain

how Dad and Laura

fight in the night

when they think I’m sleeping. 


I wish I could talk

of that tangled twine

that tightens round my torso

when they fire those poison arrows. 


But I said nothing. Again. 

Just kept my eyes down

as that still small voice 

murmured once more

how it’s all my fault.


Monday, 3 May 2021

TWO SHORT POLITICAL POEMS

 The Conservative government is currently mired in corruption, inadequacy and misplaced values. Firstly Boris Johnson is facing tough questions on the refurbishment of his abode. Thus:


FLAT

 

Having been

steamrollered

by cronyism

incompetence

inadequacy

and failure

I think it's

fair to say

Boris Johnson's flat.


These cretins also want to spunk much wonga on a new boat for her madge. I don't like this idea. Hence:


YACHT


I am nacht 

Too hacht 

On the Royal yacht;

I dislike the idea

A lacht.


Up the workers! Solidarity!