Table for One

When sat watching a movie, Do you ever find You eat so much less popcorn When friends are left behind? When eating at a bistro Do you think the food tastes great; Yet a solo TV dinner, Never leaves an empty plate. There was a time your certain You ate this chilli with your chum, … Read more

The Wheat from the Chaff

When eating bread, we often find A question forming in our mind: “Should I have white or try whole wheat? Whilst one is hearty one is sweet, Which is the best, the least unkind?”   Some new research set out to find Which loaf we should all get behind; With findings that we could repeat, … Read more

Your Cup of Tea?

For inflammation to decrease, And tumour progression to cease; There might be a surprising key: Just go and have a cup of tea.   Now even though it may seem strange, Lifestyles can cause genetic change; A simple way to make this be: Just go and have a cup of tea.   Some genes that … Read more

An Artificial Transfusion

The blood that flows beneath our skin Is turned red by haemoglobin, Which binds with oxygen in part, Transferring life from lungs to heart.   Donated from unknowns or kin, The blood that flows beneath our skin Is needed, but when this runs out What will we use to quench the drought?   The substitutes … Read more

Translucent Vessels

Vessels Running beneath my skin – Like the network Of a tightly-knit Urban sprawl. All closely ravelled together – A well-trod map to my Heart. But too complex to build Or print. Our greatest Artificial cartographers cannot reconstruct The interlacing web of hidden alleyways And ginnels lurking beneath the surface. So instead we turn to nature; … Read more

A Piscine Problem

Urea, that’s contained in wee, Plus chlorine gives us DBP; This makes our eyes stream like a fool, Please do not piss into the pool.   Deciding how much pee is there, Can be quite a complex affair; What’s needed is a special tool, Please do not piss into the pool.   The sweetener that … Read more

Self-Medicated Memories

You sit there, gently trembling in your cage – The tones ring out; the floor begins to hum. The sudden shock of pain you cannot gauge; Your body’s limp and everything feels numb.   The tones ring out; the floor begins to hum; Frozen in place because of abject fear, Your body’s limp and everything … Read more

A Synthetic Thread

The gossamer of human life Sways gently in a passing breeze. A whisper on a callous knife – The gossamer of human life. You take away the sting of strife, With artificial growth to please. The gossamer of human life Sways gently in a passing breeze. This is a Triolet, inspired by recent research into … Read more

A Musical Cavity

I sit down in the waiting room, The radio barks out some tune; My surgery will soon begin, I wish that they’d turn off that din.   I’m ready for the surgeon’s knife, I hope that I leave with my life; A layer of sweat forms on my skin, I wish that they’d turn off … Read more

The Heart of the Storm

Katrina gave her rage and wrath, Spat out a city frail and blind; Those who survived were shown no path, And broken hearts were left behind.   The second line of pain arrived, As gloom and sorrow now combined; Not everything could be revived, And broken hearts were left behind.   These bleeding, broken, ten-year … Read more

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