Yesterday

Hold back for now this fresh dawn

Don’t begin the day so soon

There’s unfinished business from the one just gone

In my mind remains yesterday’s tune

 

Empty the dregs of earlier thoughts

Settle the still stirring dust

Silence the echoes of feelings now past

Before facing the day, as I must

Time to Watch A Rock Grow

Dashing, chasing, rushing about

Mental gymnastics, crushing doubt

Grabbing a bite, snatching some zzzs

Too much to do to be at ease

 

Never noticing colourful flowers

Or the passing of daylight hours

Missing the trill of a single song-bird

Passing scenes with beauty blurred

 

There has to be another way

Finding some pleasure in each day

By taking time, beginning to slow

Patiently watching a small rock grow

Stop the Deaths

It has to stop; it serves no end

Except to fuel a relentless trend

Religious difference, sectarian strife

Cannot justify taking life

 

We are all people, making our way

Our differences don’t give cause to slay

Calm hot tempers, counsel care

Terrorism leads nowhere.

The UK General Election

A cross put on a paper

Seems simple in a way

Amazing, then, that this small act

Empowers each to have a say

 

The outcome isn’t as I’d hoped for

I’m quite worried by the result

But I can accept the majority view

That’s what it means to be adult

 

Some people see it differently

Wanting to impose a new regime

Cars, bombs and knives as weapons

Murdering to achieve their dream

 

Let them not take away our rights

Hold our laws and freedoms dear

They must not win by violence

We will not live in fear

 

If society is built on values

With some common moral code

Life and liberty are the bedrock

And democracy the road

Preparing for the Worst (Interview)

Give us five reasons why we should appoint you

In building a team, what’s your favourite ‘glue’

Tell us about how you motivate others

How would you get rid of any non- runners

 

What’s the most challenging task you’ve ever done

When not at work, how do you have fun

Have you got a usp

If you were a tree, what type would you be

 

Where did you find out about this position

Do you consider yourself to have ambition

If appointed, what’s the first thing you’d do

When under pressure, how do you come through

 

What added value could you bring to the post

What is it about us that you like the most

Are you able to follow the company line

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time

 

Have you seen our M.S., it’s out on the net

Would you like a tissue, please don’t get upset

What is the name of our CEO

In preparing for today, how far did you go

 

Which of our ‘products’ do you think is best

Do you think you did well on the psychological test

What salary would you want if we took you on

Did you take account of the perks in that decision

 

Finally, would rate yourself as A++

And , is there anything, not covered, you want to ask us

Taking Control (full version)

 

We’ll ignore them in the waiting room
And resist them on the bus
Intrusive calls and endless texts
Won’t be the boss of us

Social media is so compelling
But is this what’s to blame
If mums aren’t ‘there’ for children
And dads ignore them just the same

The mobile can be a lifeline
For work, a ‘must have’ tool
But it can take control of you
Moderation should be the rule

I’ve taught my phone a lesson;
That I’m the one in charge
YOU too can do it easily;
By letting yours discharge