Author: Richard

Summing Up

I guess this poem is topical.  One for our times – or, perhaps – one for a long, long time.   We have the capacity to get somuch right here on Earth, and we persist in getting so much wrong.   What is with us?   Summing Up: Look how far we’ve come.  Children educated…

Time to Talk

Today is “Time to Talk” day.   The aim is to get us talking about our mental health.  Our feelings and emotions.   Our sense of ourselves.  Perhaps how we see ourselves, how we feel about ourselves and how that makes us act, interact and affects our sense of wellbeing.   Just living day to…

Six Nations

I haven’t written any prose for a while.  Inspired, I guess, by the adverts signalling the start of the six nations, I wrote this yesterday in the early evening. I really hope this captures some of the drama of the competition, and the series of matches we all lap up, anticipating great success, or cringeing…

Yes or No

So many programmes and news feeds tell us that in our lives, almost anything we do has a marked detrimental effect on the world around us. Consumption consumes.  Waste pollutes.  Food has miles.  Clothes sweat.  Journeys emit.  So we all, collectively, know this.  However.  Nothing changes.  Mainly, I think, because we’re largely – individually –…

Someone

Some folk have something about them we all admire, recognise or respect.  Bravery is, perhaps, too simple a term.  Lack of choice – necessity draws out the hero in all of us.  Frequently, all of us are amazed at what can be – and is – done in extreme circumstances.  Living through a particular time,…

Come Back

At a time when efforts are being made to make mental health less taboo – more accepted and normal to talk about, to share experience of and to understand, I hope you can understand this poem. What is it that’s so bad, so horrendous, that lives are pulled apart by it? We’re all more important…

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