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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

 

Unromance

These words make no sense

I’ve arranged them every way

But still cant read them

 

This flat is too small.

There’s nowhere to put my things

No space to move around

 

These shoes are too tight

They pinch my toes and heel

Make walking painful

 

That joke is not funny,

I’ve heard it too many times

I’ve stopped laughing

 

These clothes are too loose

I’ve shrunk away inside them

I’m hiding in the folds

 

This bath is too cold

The waters stood for too long

It’s lost its heat

 

That door is locked

I seem to have lost the key

I can’t open it

 

This romance is over

It was something I dreamt up

Now…I’ve woken up

An Odd Couple

Written and performed for my show, ‘Love, Lust and Loathing in the Bloomsbury Literati’, during the Bloomsbury Festival


Lytton and Virginia were literary lions.

They prowled around the Bloomsbury Set,

Vetting interlopers that they met,

Pronouncing them suitable…or maybe not yet.

 

Their writing set the world aflame.

Their Bohemian lifestyle banished shame.

They tipped convention on its head,

For a new life order…or so they said.

 

Who would have thought, that he and she,

Would strike up a friendship so immediately.

A connection that lasted the whole of their life

Closer than lover, husband or wife.

 

He tall and thin, wracked with crippling fear,

Terrified of intimacy…

Yet desperate to be near.

 

She of similar stature, tormented by self-doubt,

Wanting to be uninhibited…

Struggling to let it out.

 

Both driven by ambition and desire to be rich.

Both liked to gossip, ruminate and bitch,

Suffer romantic torment and unrequited love.

As long-suffering partners strove to rise above.

 

A monumental relationship,

Based on values both held dear.

A very English friendship,

Eccentric and Queer.