Rhyming Polemics

Ode to the NHS

We are told that Churchill was our greatest all-time leader

Inspiring the nation to combat the marauding Nazi hoards

But the post war British voters soon sent Churchill packing

And put the Labour Party in charge of the Westminster board.

The pre-war years in Britain were a living nightmare

Of unemployment and hunger and despair

So having seen off Hitlerís fascist armies

The British workers demanded something profoundly more fair.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 May 2015 09:34 )

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That Damned Dialectic

From the humblest sub-atomic particle

To the entirety of the Universe itself

A remorseless struggle of opposites

Creating unity by infinite stealth.

Centripetal and centrifugal forces

Struggling through the eons of time

Stability just a momentary illusion

Perfection just an illusionary crime.

The attraction and repulsion of opposites

In both the physical and philosophical world

Creating an awful yet awesome predicament

A universe of opposites unfurled.

Quantitative and qualitative changes

interacting and intermingling like twine

As relentless as the heartbeat of any living creature

As beautiful as a well-constructed rhyme

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 April 2015 13:59 )

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Table Tennis: A Love Letter

Tennis on a nine by five table

Ping pong by its colloquial name

The second most played sport in the world

The Victorians would be amazed by its fame.

It began as an aristocratic English pastime

Now the Chinese totally dominate the game.

It is as physically demanding as tennis

But cerebral like chess all the same.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 March 2015 12:47 )

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Heathrow and Harmondsworth :

This is something of a David and Goliath story

But itís certainly not as simple as say Labour versus Tory

This is a cross party story for every season

Itís a classic tale of corporate greed versus civic reason.

We start our story in the village of Harmondsworth

A pretty Doomsday parish built on medieval earth

Which has been under constant attack in the post war era

By an expanding airport that keeps getting nearer and nearer.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 February 2015 17:49 )

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Ode to Austerity

Most born into poverty, a few born into wealth.

Bizarrely the wealthy get wealthier through cunning and through stealth.

Rich kids flying high, backed up by daddy and mummy,

Everybody knows that money goes to money.

The whole rotten edifice is skewed in their favour,

The servant class condemned to endless toil with just religion for their saviour.

Stultifying poverty, breaking hope and breaking health.

A life of modern day slavery, no time to develop oneís self.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:48 )

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