Bluebells

by Derek Morrison Bluebells; … First sign of spring The mood it rises, as blackbirds sing The woods are carpeted in glorious blue On shaded verges their heads poke through Bluebells; a quintessential British bloom Nature’s art, dispelling winter’s gloom. But wait … There’s something that’s not quite ‘right’ The blue is ‘wrong’ – it is too bright And the stems […]

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 […]

Snowstorms

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 […]

the Beast of Expectation

by Derek Morrison Its hunger is insatiable This Beast of Expectation Fed junk-food promises By leaders of the nation Beast’s girth then so inflates Its demands rise even more Yet none dare tell the truth Lest hell burst through the door So golden futures are promised For delivery on undetermined date Or it’s given another lie injection Thinning more the ice they […]

Disunited Kingdom

by Derek Morrison Cameron tried to heal his Party’s split Of diverging visions of being a Brit His solution was a masterstroke Just listen when ‘the people’ spoke But ‘the people’ proved a fickle lot They didn’t do what he had thought So Cameron is now Come What May Stand-back warrior from Brexit fray Now oozing confidence that […]

TLDR

by Derek Morrison It’s Too Long; Didn’t Read Headlines only, get news at speed For we digital natives do multitask Our Twitter feed does all we ask Collecting ‘likes’ and lots of ‘friends’ Or keeping up with latest trends No time here for complexity Keep it simple sans perplexity Tell us what we want to hear Or […]

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 […]

In the Hall of the Troll Kings

by Derek Morrison Troll Kings now ride the wave New prophets, the world to save Deadly weapons they now wield Vicious words seed virtual-field Fracking anxieties and discontents Fuelling egos, exploiting vents Thought leaders of the virtual age Putative masters of creating rage Recruiters for intellectual bubbles Silo builders for shared troubles. So grains of sand can feel like rocks And tiny birds pretend […]

Masters of Finance

by Derek Morrison Masters of Finance Of derivatives fame That built the ghost funds That built the debt bombs You who owned banks Who played the money ball We just want you to know We now see through it all. You fiscal thought leaders Much wealth did you claim You treat our world like — […]