World of Make Believe.

World of Make Believe – poetry inspired by Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO)   I live in a world Where the common person doesn’t receive disproportionate fines So that fat cats at the top of the banks can earn several million pounds a year; Where 60% of the average British family’s shopping doesn’t end up in…

An African Christmas, alone.

An African Christmas, alone.   Sitting by a pool in the African heat, Sipping ice water from a bottle, Writing, daydreaming, writing some more: My idea of heaven. Three stray dogs lie by my side, Jimbob, Borris and Buster, Panting, winking and flagging their tails: My idea of heaven. Monkeys swing from trees nearby, Chasing…

Israel in 500 words

Jerusalem vs Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea & Segregation. After falling asleep on the train from Ben Gurion airport, I awoke to a torso-long gun being gripped by the hands of a man opposite. My first thought was confusion; where was I again? My second, panic; were we under attack? And my third? Forced relief.…

Birthday Poem

Birthday Poem for the Mother

  Birthday Poem for the Mother (aged 14)   I love you mum, I’ll always care; I deeply hope you’ll always be there. I dread the time when you’ll go away But in my heart, forever, you’ll stay.   Into this world, you brought me dear And ever since you’ve been so near. Extremely well…