Poor Johnny of Seann Cathair

by Derek Morrison The classroom door burst open He came in, thick tawse in hand Where’s Johnny McKenna? Teacher said; Johnny stand! Her face suddenly neutral She knew what was to come He was to set such an example For what little Johnny had done Now come to the front! Headmaster Moore commands As all child eyes […]

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 […]

You People

by Derek Morrison You tell ‘your people’ to slow down He turned to see her wrinkled frown What ‘people’? He somewhat fazed You ‘people’ her face now blazed Her eyes had scanned his attire It was this that had set the fire His uniform was of the hated ‘others’ No individuals, just bands of brothers […]

Ego Ride

by Derek Morrison I’m really not out for an ego ride Till I have the measure of who’s by my side And then I’ll slowly press the pace Lead them into a tacit race I’m struggling up this hill for now But when I get to that far off brow I’ll put my head down, […]

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 […]

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 — […]

Distracted

by Derek Morrison We’re the king and queen of distraction With an obsessive need to explore No matter what’s the action We need a new info score. We must always be connected No matter what we do We naively think we are protected We are the digital savvy new. We believe in the myth of […]

Branded

by Derek Morrison I struggle hard to understand My obsession with the leading brand A transient boost to needy pride Makes this the only one to ride Reassuringly expensive the price I paid To project the image I wish conveyed Pursuing quality is what I claim Not tacit value in branded name But lesser brands […]

Extremist

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 […]