Wednesday, 21 March 2018

idols











words on stone
words on paper
books of words
libraries and churches
pages of scripture
before which we
bow down

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Muisicianer’s Lament













Gin I wis walkin doon ae road or anither,
files I wis duncin, lik Jagger nor Bowie, tae the soon o a drum.

Nooadays I’m mindin on times weel deid an beeriet,
mindin days fan I pit ma finger on the string an played
ma ain rock n roll, ma ain jazz in the howfs o Aiberdeen.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Not the Law














They are not the law.
Nor do they make the law.
There is no law to break.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Black Villanelle













Your inner voice, insidiously whispering in your ear
As you stood there trembling, every limb was aching;
You, alone among the dead, struck dumb by fear.

On Poetry 24

January, February, March.

I've had six poems published by Martin at Poetry24. You can read them through the links below. The site publishes work responding to current news events. There's also a section, In Brief, for short, sharp reflections on current news. There are lots of good work  - try them.

Tarmac - on the demonisation (and prosecution) of peaceful protest.