The Future of Work

When I think about the daily grind of Nine to Five. I remember sitting in my office chair As a recent graduate. Updating my Myspace profile and Trying to complete Minesweeper, Because even though I had finished All Of my tasks – I could not leave the office Until the clock struck Five. Like some … Read more

Beating our Fears

Within the darkest webs of hidden fear, Bejewelled, unblinking octaves start to glow; The thought of spindly forelegs looming near, Can cause our buried angst to throb and grow. To overcome the horrors we can’t name, We must become exposed to what might be; In dealing with this enervating shame, We need to fight the … Read more

A Dusty Eviction

Within the grimy creases of our home, Lurk microbes poised and floating in the dust; A sullied sign that we are not alone.   We treat these scrounging tenants with disgust, Yet most of them just want to co-exist; To which our incensed manners seem unjust.   By letting sunlight stream into their midst, We … Read more

A (Mentally) Healthy Diet

Our mental health is complex and obscure, There is no simple truth for how we feel; Depression does not have a catch-all cure, But can we swallow comfort from a meal? The fatty acids of Omega three, Are found in fish and help to fight despair; Omega six in food does not agree With building … Read more

A Blemish in Our Atmosphere

Between the curves where space and sky entwine, The air is stripped by violent, solar flow; A savagery inherently benign, When matched with what arises from below.   The shockwaves of our past can still be felt, Revealing every blow as it was dealt; As ripples found in time unveil each scar, The atmosphere cannot … Read more

The Spoils of Peace

As echoes of past conflicts start to fade, The dissipating fog lays bare what’s planned; Whilst treaties dance upon a blunted blade, With bloodied fist replaced by sleight of hand. The broken boughs pollute this new wasteland, As mended limbs now exhume every crease And bow and scrape to each perverse demand. The gongs of … Read more

Curiosity Did Not Kill Schrödinger’s Cat

Why am I a scientist? Partly due to personal perseverance And perspiration. But I wouldn’t even have had the chance To work Up A Sweat If I had not been encouraged from an early age That the world was my experimental stage. So, when I asked my mum and dad For the tenth, The twentieth, … Read more

The Sound of Shapes

The soothing sound of blue floats past my sight, I open up my eyes to hear a shape; The colours and the music are not right, The painting tastes more like a stark landscape.   I open up my eyes to hear a shape, As Turner’s clouds begin to smell of­­ damp; The painting tastes … Read more

Go and Plant a Tree

Plant a tree Go Barbados and plant A palm tree Turn the water off Drink booze Take a shower with Someone else Take a shower with Rhianna This is a poem written by a ‘non-expert’, as part of a research project which used poetry to develop dialogue around environmental change. The theme of this poem … Read more

Sex Change

Besides the tranquil sea and sun-bleached sand, The turtles find a place to make their nest; Probing the rolling crescents of the land, To find a place where incubation’s best. Now buried like a golf ball in a dune, The eggs begin to undergo great change; To their surroundings they must now attune, With gender … Read more

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