Bluebells

by Derek Morrison Ah…! 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]