Poetry

Mine, and occasionally others'.

Ban the Booth!

Ban the Booths campaign logo

Inside a cell three-walled in fears
kept separated from their peers
A throwback to the Dickens years
the pride and joy of Wackford Squeers
Victorian values raw in tooth
So Tories, damn you - ban the booth!

Recommend Acceptance

white flag

Every year we send our tribunes
to knock upon the golden door
and take our just demands there with them - 
place our claim, our case for more

The masters let them ask and close
their eyes and sigh that times are tough -
They can't afford to share with those
who made their wealth; there's not enough

Rootless Cosmopolitan

Jewdas Rootless Cosmopolitan

Edward lived in Hoxton
boxed in
Stitching boots
digging roots
Labouring his load
on the neighbouring road
to new arrivals
migrated for survival 
from Poland, from Russia
to the holy crush of London
Under the same sky
came together, made ties
meeting in the streets
Tars and bars and beats
tasting gifts and eats
More than metropolitan

Middle Aged Woman Starter Pack

Starter Pack

Clothes in colours other than beige
A Railcard for the middle-aged
A T-shirt saying 'Mind Your Own Business'
An entry form for TV quizzes
Quiet and peace for channel hopping
Someone else to do the shopping
A Fit Bit and a healthy snack
In my Middle Aged Woman Starter Pack

Poeting at the launch of Leeds NEU

Leeds NEU Launch
14/06/2019 - 19:30

Venue: The Faversham,1-5 Springfield Mount, Leeds LS2 9NG

Leeds NEU (National Education Union) is hosting a party at the newly-refurbished Faversham to celebrate the amalgamation of the ATL & NUT.

Ticket price includes: buffet and welcome drink plus live music from 'Strangers in Trainers' (excellent covers band fronted by teacher Phil Teggert) We also have a performance from humorous feminist poet Janine Booth.

The Interpretation of Dreams

The interpretation of dreams

I dreamed last night of being chased
By enemies I could not see
I opened throttle as I raced
They kept on throwing things at me

I swerved round potholes, filled with dread
And drove as quickly as I could
Ensured my son was safe ahead
Rode three times round the neighbourhood

Planet Pantoum

Extinction Rebellion

Bring the cities to a standstill
We have to save the planet
Put apathy in landfill
Take fracking back and ban it

We have to save the planet
Speak urgently and clear
Take fracking back and ban it
Disarm the profiteers

Speak urgently and clear
For carbon-burn reduction
Disarm the profiteers
Let people run production

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