Poetry

Mine, and occasionally others'.

Performance Review

Tick cross

It's our annual meet
to judge how you've conformed
So please take a seat
- how have you performed?

Your targets aren't SMART
and it's really a shame
That you didn't take part
in our team-building game

Your goals are alright
but you soon come a-cropper
You're quite impolite
to our mystery shopper

Loose Muse

10/07/2019 - 19:30

Join Janine and other featured writers at LOOSE MUSE – London’s Premiere Women’s Writers Night.

On this occasion, Janine will be speaking mainly about her book, 'Minnie Lansbury - suffragette, socialist, rebel councillor'.

Venue: The Sun Pub, 21 Drury Lane (on the corner of Betterton Street), London WC2B 5RH – 8.00 p.m. – doors open from 7.30 pm. £6/£5 concessions.

Roadside Breakdown

Broken down car

She has to pull up
as she's overheating
Her engine sputters
the dashboard's beeping

She's burning up and burning out
worn and way past her best
Struggled to get through
her last annual test

She's found it more arduous
as she gets older
She's ground to a halt
on the hard shoulder

Read Rhymes

Read Rhymes
26/04/2019 - 20:00

Janine is one of four poets taking part in REaD Rhymes Live - Disability Arts, Survivors Poetry, with local poets and open mic 

Venue: Karamel Restaurant, 6 Coburg Road, Wood Green, N22 6UJ

 

Restaurant opens at 7pm. Diners should call 020 8829  8989 for table reservations at this vegan restaurant/arts centre

Oophorectomy

uterus

Ovaries
Out
Plus
Hysterectomy, hopeful
Outcome: odds
Radically reduced
Ensuring
Cancer can't
Touch, take
Obstruct or obliviate
My many more 
Years

Lucky Me

four-leafed clover

What a lucky fucker am I
that when that firework hit my eye
I didn't die

And who even knew
that although you're better off with two
that just one eye will do
just fine, you see
Lucky, lucky me

And when I got a killer disease
I got the sort they can cure with ease
if you please

Surgery
Urgently
Blackcurrant jam on toast with tea
Lucky, lucky me

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