Monday, 29 May 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017

the streets stopped time

the streets stopped time
and strumming twelve-bar blues
we sung
and danced
and talked
table clothes

Monday, 15 May 2017

*Insert expletive

poets are allowed to swear
as long as they do it
in a way that makes clear
why you / me / us / we / they are ...*

Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Sign of Jonah

Jonah was a fisherman.
The Lord said to Jonah, "Go there."
Jonah said, "No.
I am a fisherman. I know
where the fish are. That's where I go."

The Lord sulked.

Jonah was a fisherman.
He took his boat to sea, to go
where the fish were. Halfway there,
The Lord raised a big storm,
Broke Jonah's boat
And drowned Jonah -

Or, so The Lord thought.

But ... er ... Jonah was a fish ...
er ... man. Jonah turned into a big fish
And swam to shore.

Not to be out done, The Lord made tell
how he'd told Jonah, "Go there"
and Jonah'd said, No
And how he, The Lord
had cooked up a big storm,
and broke Jonah's boat,
And how he, The Lord,
had sent a big fish to save Jonah
And how the big fish had taken Jonah
To the place he, The Lord,
Had said to Jonah, "Go to this place."

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The Refugee Crisis & Why Acts of Solidarity Matter

Public Meeting

at The Exchange
50 Rutland St, Cultural Quarter, Leicester LE1 1RD

11 May 2017
6.00pm - 8.00pm

The Refugee Crisis & Why individual and community acts of solidarity matter is a salon-type event that will look at what is happening in refugee camps and squats in places like Greece and the north of France

At the event, a number of people from Leicester and Leicestershire who have recently been to the camps and squats will share their experiences and views on why the support individuals and communities are giving to people who are looking for refuge remains vital.

Speakers include Maya Harding who has volunteered in the squats in Greece and who, most recently, spent a number of weeks with the arts and clowning troupe‎, The Flying Seagulls, supporting children who are seeking refuge.

Other speakers will be confirmed closer to the event.

The event, which has been organised with support from CivicLeicester and the Leicester Migration Network, starts at 6pm and is free and open to all.

Monday, 8 May 2017

once upon a time

once upon a time
i embraced a universe
called it mine
even though i did not
could not
did not want
to own it

the universe was my world
my world was the universe,
even as the world crumbled
i embraced the universe

travelling between worlds
i took two things
lost one in the sea
gave the second to another
in a different world
who took it
to the sea

in your hands, darling
cradled on your lap
the petal was a star, green
with a fire glow heart

Monday, 1 May 2017

Stephen Crane Imagines Hamsters

A hamster said to the Universe,
"Sir, I'm on a treadmill!"
"You are a hamster," the Universe replied,
"What did you expect?"