Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Streaming is Music in our Ears!

Each day some high-tech advance;
In terms of getting known, a chance
To share with millions round the globe
One's music, not just «on the road».

Streaming once meant swollen eyes
Red with weeping, sobbing cries
But now it's quite the latest craze
CDs? ... all our yesterdays!

We're wired for sound, earplugs in place
Our choice of music – happy face!
As old and new tracks come on stream
We create our music scene!

Playlists are the way to go
Keen musicians in the know
Ensure their places in the charts
On line and not in shopping carts!

Illicit downloads caught the mood
We wanted personalised soul food
Now the listener makes his choice
No tears as streaming finds its voice!

(c) Poet in the woods 2019

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Is this a Fair Deal?

I scan the news and soon despair
It seems our leaders do not care
To do what's right; quite au contraire
The outlook's bleak
Blonde-headed maybe, they're not fair
Fed up perhaps with wear and tear
What if Parliament's not there
As from this week?

BREXIT, back stop - Irish mist
Remainers, angry, shake a fist
Another deadline to be missed?
Who stirs the pot?
Like witches on that blasted Heath*
Murky happenings underneath
Who's got the bit between their teeth?
We're in – or not?

Viewed by the cameras in uproar
MPs quickly take the floor
Clause Fifty – never tried before;
They're all at pains
To get a new deal, come what may
Plans proposed now start to fray
As Boris cannot get his way
So chaos reigns ...

(c) Poet in the woods 2019

* Macbeth not Edward (!)

Friday, 6 September 2019

A Snapshot of Vancouver

The skytrain views are a must-see
Vancouver city – place to be?
Though beautiful, its heart is cold
Food costs a fortune, so I'm told.

Mountains, snow-capped, woodland glades
Where modern man has cut huge swathes...
Boat-filled marina, mass high rise
Red and blue roofs a surprise.

A tiny touch of Hong Kong peak ...
Is that why in down town street
The rich Chinese make business hum
With real-estate costs next to none?

Many to its ski slopes come
And camping out in woods is fun
Bears roam - beware! I've heard they're tough
When hungry, they can cut up rough!

Yes, Canada is loved by most
Best of all on western coast
Glitzy lifestyle - source of pride
But at its base - a deep divide...

(c) Poet in the woods 2019

Thursday, 5 September 2019

The Pettiness of Politics

It's all too hard to understand
Flames real and metaphoric fanned
In all directions; our hopes burn
Much goes up in smoke we learn.

Resources, natural or man-made
Are being squandered, I'm afraid
This wastage makes the angels weep
But politicians only bleat ...

Injustice, poverty and greed:
Have all our values gone to seed?
The «I'm alright, Jack» suits top brass
But fails to help the working class -

That's YOU and ME who foot the bill
In terms of altruism – nil
With the «Haves» and Have-nots» wide apart
Business booms but has no heart...

At least no war adds to our joys
But BREXIT is an ugly noise
With two blonde generals centre stage
The scene is set for a new phase!

(c) Poet in the woods 2019

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Beyond the Mundane

How often do our thoughts invade?
Should we call a spade, a spade?
Why do we let our lives take flight
Keep in the flow and do what's «right»?

What happened to our thinking mind?
The Powers-that-Be are tough, unkind
We work for peanuts, pay for wars
Fail Nature, spending time indoors ...

Watching sci-fi videos,
Or oft-repeated TV shows
Our minds are drugged with silliness
It's 1984* – no less!

We're stopped from thinking – this is cruel
Banned is the 'spirit molecule'**
Our world reduced to cash and tax
Rare beings those who can relax ...

Is this the way to go, my friends
Following material trends?
Our screaming souls cannot be stilled
Truth is - greed leaves Man unfulfilled...

(c) Poet in the woods 2019

* Book by George Orwell
** DMT di-methyl-tryptamine

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

A Burning Question

Brazil, vast country, in the news!
Drought crisis as it stands to lose
Swathes of rainforest to black ash
Winds, scarce resources, lack of cash ...

The Amazon in deep distress;
Caused by lightning strike, unless
Its origin is man-induced ...
Have pigeons now come to roost?

From outer space the scene looks dire
Our Planet's green lung is on fire
Scorched earth seen with naked eye
Acrid smoke where no birds fly ...

Engulfing flames leave blackened trail
Destruction on a massive scale
Beleagered wildlife on the run ...
A sign of yet worse things to come?

(c) Poet in the woods 2019

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Isabella - Finding Nemo!

Bringing theatre to the young
By dressing up, is so much fun
A sense of self, a sense of space
And their imaginations race.

A «kindy» group on winter's day
Such happy faces on display
Stage presence means a flying start
Each kid revels in a part!

So «Finding Nemo» seems to be
The title of this odyssey
No clown fish here with shortened fin
But an endearing human twin ...

Engrossed in Disney cartoon phase
Star in a mini-costumed maze
Isabella, out front, steals the show;
Proud Auntie beams with inner glow!

(c) Poet in the woods 2019