Rage in the Machine

by Derek Morrison A half-formed thought Trickling past the filter Oozing through fingertips Diffusing through screens. Cascading into the rapids Swimming into their nets Seeping through their eyes Leaching past their filter Embedding in receptive minds, and Immersing in his story. Amplifying and echoing, is now, Enhancing the throwaway Elevating it to wisdom, so he […]

Life Support

by Derek Morrison The anxious gathered near the leader’s bed Machines pumped air and tubes they fed She, who had once been so strong and stable Was now on life support and no longer able  Boris sobs loudly and weeps his loyal tears Michael’s reassuring hug amplifies Boris’ fears David is stoical gazing down at […]

Dramatis Personae

by Derek Morrison Come What May now creates new fable Of making ‘U’ turns so strong and stable And Ulster alliances to ensure her votes By conjuring a billion of the people’s notes. As the Brexit fire slowly builds its flame The people will eventually apportion blame For fantasy expectations that can’t be met Dangled […]


by Derek Morrison Yet more trees have died Yet more promises are made Yet more “We really mean it” As the manifesto waltz is played “And if we don’t keep our promises It’s because the circumstances changed Our manifesto clause made this clear, As I think we have explained.” Some manifestos are for gamblers Inclined to be promiscuously […]


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 are much too […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]