Category Archives: Poems

Autumn

We’ve had a Saharan heatwave,

Moonsoons. Flooding. Drought.

This Summer has been a challenge

Now here it is…Autumn’s out.

 

A little coolness in the air,

The birds have a different flight.

There’s a whisper in the hedgerow

Can you see, it’s Autumn Light

 

Feeling battered and burnt by Summer?

Now’s the time to let it go.

Seasons have their own momentum

Jusr relax, and feel its flow

 

Now we reap the harvest

Of what we sowed all year

Let the fruit of love and labour lost

Nourish and revere?

 

Autumn light has a clarity

Take advantage of the view.

Watch the old year fall away

Ready for something new.

HIV/AIDS

Performed at Celebrate, Commemorate, Cabaret 


The name strikes dread into our heart,

We know what its impact can be.

We’ve seen the worst and best of it,

Its devastation of our community.

 

In the hedonistic excess of the 80’s,

We saw our playmates falter and fall.

Their fluids turned into Hades River,

Some swept away. Some, not at all.

 

The randomness, of the infection.

The suspicion, ignorance and fear.

Our family, friends and lovers blamed

Just because, they were Queer.

 

Investment in medical research

Stopped this killer in its tracks.

The afflicted now can live a life,

Improved by treatment and facts.

 

We honour our brothers and sisters,

Who didn’t survive that fight.

We salute and support the survivors

Whose life turned out alright.

 

Let us celebrate our lives today,

And those, whose lives are past.

Embrace our loving community

May it prosper, flourish and last

Isle of Wight Pride Theme Poem

I’ve been commissioned to write the theme poem for the Isle of Wight Pride 2018. I’m going to be there all weekend, and and looking forward to being part of the UK National Pride-winning Pride on this beautiful island.


Stepping into our Destiny.

Moving into the light.

Proud to be L.G.B.T.

Here, on the Isle of Wight.

 

Remembering our History.

Poets. Artists. Sailors.

Rooted in this island’s rock,

Farmers. Fighters. Tailors.

 

Celebrating who we are,

Stylish, full of life.

Welcoming Loves diversity

Its harmony and strife

 

Honoring our Community,

And how our lives can be.

The courage and creativity,

Embedded in L.G.B.T.

 

On this day we send a message

To our family worldwide.

Be yourself, you’re beautiful!

There is no need to hide

 

Love Potion

I’m a celebration

In the bedroom. Kitchen. Car.

Wherever you wish…

I’m your remedy.

 

When the pain cuts deep

And the night doesn’t sleep

Then look for me…

I’m your remedy.

 

I’m the stretcher

for the heel of your shoe.

Make your things, and you

Ease and Expand.

 

When life gets too hard,

Just turn that card.

It’s the Queen of Hearts,

I’m your remedy.

 

When things get tight,

In the middle of the night,

Then reach for me…

I’m your remedy.

Valentine’s Day Poem

This is a poem for the broken hearted.

For those who have loved and lost.

The Star crossed lovers

Who set their course on ‘Mission Impossible’

 

Don’t be sad because you’ve tried and failed.

Because your hopes were dashed,

Because you never saw it coming,

Or, saw it coming and wished it wouldn’t.

 

Remember the love you had in your heart.

How generously you gave it.

You are that same person,

Be kind to yourself, have a cup of tea!

 

For this is a day unlike any other.

Drenched in commercialism and expectation.

When hearts are wrenched out of pockets.

Tomorrow is another day.

 

Time heals. It reveals…it goes on.

It makes buds blossom.

And fruit rot on the vine.

There’s no stopping its ruthless progress.

 

On this auspicious day of Love,

Write down for posterity,

Something you like about you.

Send yourself a Valentine