Poetry – “The Bay Laurel”

I cannot flood the grains of this dead tree with the same mastery you use to create Sapphics, My trunk left sapless, dull, and flaking, Dry clichés chalk my otherwise flowing casual and lyrical stiffness hovers over me, dead, hanging, Creaking hand forces over unrespiring skin, Forever in search of the elbow angel, Vibrancy paints…

This Morning

This morning; the news headline waiting 27 years finally broke on Warrington: Justice. To anyone; no matter what sport you follow, the words 96 and Justice went hand in hand every year every season. Across Europe the European Elites such as Borussia Dortmund and Celtic regularly displayed, “Justice for the 96” banners. At home in…

Power Off

Come on kid, switch me off. That brother of yours is a great guy to hand-me-down to you, but I’ve suffered enough. My birth was no big deal; a few simple commands on start-up. But my silence worried him so the girlfriend called me, just to be sure. That was my first cry. The first time I…

Romance is not Dead!

Valentine’s Day has come and gone and, once again, we have swooped past the feast day of everybody’s favourite historically-dubious, 3rd century saint in a whirlwind of aggressive envy or resentful obligatory affection, much as we always do. I normally find myself paying as little attention to it as is humanly possible in a society…