Wednesday, 20 June 2018

More Pipe Dreams?

Uruguay is rarely in the news
But today the subject that I choose
Means it now comes into its own
With another country, more well known.

Do I speak in riddles? In the news
For some this comforts long-held views
Canada the green light gives
The happy weed now legally lives!

Youth pressure as this seed is sown
Some tokers may grow plants at home
Beknighted or enlightened nation?
Pipe-smoking leads to meditation ...

«Switch off, turn on» the mantra goes
Recreation in the wind that blows
Its use in medicine is permitted;
How long before more are committed?

(c) Poet in the woods 2018

Cannabis legalised in Uruguay (2013) and Canada (2018).

Monday, 18 June 2018

A Bit of a Devil?

They come in many shapes and sizes
Cartoons, video games, disguises
Diabolic and Satanic too
Yes, Devils are a motley crew.

In paintings often they have wings,
Horns and a tail that round them clings
For Breughel - Fallen Angels too
For Bosch - bad nightmares, wildly true.

What of devilled kidneys? (That sounds grim
What torture chamber were they in?)
But Belgium's Devils are benign
They just kick balls, so that is fine!

(c) Poet in the woods 2018

Pieter Breughel: Fall of the Rebel Angels

Altercation on the Bus

Rush hour with tensions running high
The real world seems to pass us by
Travellers stare at Internet
Tired, frustrated or upset.

Angry passenger on the bus
Which failed to stop on time; the fuss!
Sharp words exchanged – the bus drives on
The sang froid of the driver gone...

It's known commuters hate delay
So I thought how hard it is each day
For drivers on a busy road
To keep their temper, not implode.

Perhaps our angry man forgot
To push the button for his stop
A lack of patience seems the rule
But blaming others is not cool!

(c) Poet in the woods 2018

Sunday, 17 June 2018

The Myth of Romance

Though social media's right out there
Loneliness feeds people's fear
We rush about, our lives are stark
What's lacking most of all - is heart.

Internet - chock-full of facts
Think: meet-ups, websites, on-line chats
Positive thoughts and TED talks too
What a plethora of things to do.

Yet how to hook up these lost souls?
As each of us has different goals.
What of clubs and discos, pubs and bars?
Remember dancing under stars?

We all need sparkle in our lives
So Romance, much maligned, survives
Prince Charming cannot see our plight
And forget all thoughts of the White Knight!

Love is no fairy tale of course
More shared attraction of great force
And that should not be hard to find
Except of course that love is blind!

(c) Poet in the woods 2018

Friday, 15 June 2018

Isabella - at Six Months Old

That personality begins to form
They say starts right back when you're born
It's now six months that my sweet niece,
The star of course of this short piece,

Arrived to family acclaim;
Isabella – such a pretty name.
Often overshadowed by big brother
And dressed so cutely by her mother

What Isabella thinks and feels
At last this photograph reveals!
A telling smile – what has she spied?
Her tiny mind in override.

Humour's such a personal thing
Something makes her wee heart sing
Could it be Mum who points the lens?
There's wisdom in the look she sends ...

(c) Poet in the woods 2018

Isabella born 17.12.2017

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Locked in a Speech Bubble?

Forgive me if I smile when on the tram
My eyes a sort of real life webcam
The expressions of my fellow travellers stark
Each lost in silent screen chats, have no spark.

Impromptu conversations all have died
With earphones, human contact is denied.
Some idly flick through Facebook, go on line
While I observe the scene and write this rhyme.

The freebie «Metro» paper clutters seats
Occasionally my eye another's meets
But soon the gaze is lost, perhaps embarrassed
There's so much talk of people getting harassed.

Since the advent of the SMART phone, we're less smart
As in a virtual world we're all embarked
Surreptitiously we've now become entrapped
Together, yet apart, all bubble-wrapped!

(c) Poet in the woods 2018

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

A Question of Dates?

Unexpected invitations fly
Across the globe – the stakes are high
Have PR clips in Singapore
Caused change of mind? We are not sure.

Diplomacy in a new guise
Is cautious optimism wise?
More sceptics burgeon by the hour
Yet heady are the reins of power ...

In the hands of Kim just thirty-four
While Trump tomorrow ups his score
At seventy-one the die is cast
His birthday bash will be a blast!

Kim shares with Elvis his birth date
Things start to rock and no mistake
The future is not ours to see
But exciting it will surely be!

(c) Poet in the woods 2018

DT: 14.6.1946
KJU: 8.1.1984