Safe Space

by Derek Morrison No platform here, no dissonant thought This seat of learning is much sought For our safe haven has banished fear Speech codes and policies make it clear Our scholars halos must always shine Deviance reported via our bias line. We have trigger warnings just in case There’s any risk we’ll fall from grace Preaching our diversity and […]


by Derek Morrison Snowflakes falling on Ivory Tower Privileged pressure exerting power Primed for insult and outrage too Detecting heretics from any clue Exorcise those now deemed incorrect Such bygone stars deserve no respect So only safe ideas can they exchange All falling within the comfort range Learning only where none feels hurt With no requirement to explore the dirt In building silos of righteous thought Militant intolerance has been […]

Burns Elimination

Consider first this small extract from the original Death and Dr Hornbook by Robert Burns, written in 1785 (Source: BBC) Ev’n them he canna get attended, Altho’ their face he ne’er had kend it, Just shite in a kail-blade, an’ sent it, As soon’s he smells ‘t, Baith their disease, and what will mend it, At […]

Fake News

by Derek Morrison Fake News comes the Trumpet call The faithful hear, they are in thrall Wield Fake News to smite them down For He now wears the media crown Apprentice star emits searing light Troublesome truths now burning bright Only He could fix all that was wrong For His people need a leader strong So Russian Bear now declared no […]

Half Life

by Derek Morrison Half truths, post-truths, across the internet they fly Echo chambers for believers, amplifying the lie Opinion flooding cyber-fields promoted now as news Reinforcing prejudices, seeds malignant views Promoting instability and disorder, seeking pandemonium Injected into virtual-space, with the half-life of plutonium. [To listen to this verse select below] Please like & share:


by Derek Morrison Journey over, flight now landed But suffering time now expanded 2 long queues at border control Dampens the travel-weary soul 1 snaking line offers human touch A seductive other, technology’s clutch Gambling then on which is faster Digital must surely be the master Opting then for e-passport control Down Alice’s Wonderland rabbit […]

Venus Fly Traps

by Derek Morrison Many devices become a radio in these digital times Now new platforms to watch all the world’s crimes Online Venus-Fly-Traps proffering much choice Inadequates and the evil now given amplified voice No time to long read or to talk face-to-face Eyes glued to a screen even as legs make the pace As […]

Smart dumbness

by Derek Morrison A world of digital complexity Where only experts can tune TV Gullible swallowing of salesman’s art A rush to devices with moniker ‘smart’ But like filament light bulbs of old Rapid obsolescence we’re being sold Because the smartness does degrade Despite the high prices we have paid Those smart devices by our […]

Big Brother

by Derek Morrison Now in any space or event Big Brother can watch you vent Whether you’re inside, or outdoor There’s no hiding place any more Meteor strike or plane crash All now captured from the dash And if you cause some offence Big Brother has the evidence A fleeting moment of no constraint But […]


by Derek Morrison Exercise junky Multi-marathon man Endurance cyclist Part of plan. Training sorted Muscles tuned Supplements swallowed Nutrients spooned. Out all weathers Wind and rain Ignore discomfort Feel no pain. All prizes won All plaudits received All now gone Past is grieved. Endurance build Played its part Such big muscles Included heart. Train for […]