poem, poetry, Uncategorized


For the Moon landing and my friend J’s 50th.


My school friend Jason H was born
The day of the American moon landing.
Neither event was a hoax
Though I met some who’d wish different.
Apollo of his mother’s eye
When not transforming her into an Edgware werewolf howling
A Cancer baby
She a cancer loss
But later, later that.
For now, back then,
Jason, Neil and Buzz new worlding.
Proud pictures taken.
Black skies.
A boy who looked like Lenin
Though maybe that came later, too.
Armstrong and Aldrin skipped
My first Springsteen gig
Day in court
Grass-blown nights
But they did their bit.

flash fiction, flashfiction, poem, poetry, shortstories, Uncategorized

‘Reincarnation Has No Sense Of Time’



Took me 20? 25? years or more to work out how to tell it but my poem/flash/don’t-know-what of this story’s now up at Bending Genres

Image from https://wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-is-a-mobius-strip





kids' poem, poem, poetry

‘Half A Martha’

(Written for my god-daughter)



“Half a Martha’s worth more than all of
The money in the world combined
Then squared”, I bluff
(Maths baffles my mind).
“Is that all?” Martha asks
And starts doing her own sums
Counting her noses, toes,
Fingers and thumbs.
“Am I worth more than gold?”
Oh, at least that, I say.
So she Googles the value of
Gold bullion today.
Then she drags out the bathroom scales
To compare
And decides, to be sure,
I should join her on there.
“Look at that, fatso!
We’re right off the scale!”
And off bounces Martha
The beyond-priceless girl.