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 […]

A Walk in the Country

  by Derek Morrison The cows were the first; They no longer appear Living their lives in mega-sheds Throughout each passing year. Now hidden from casual view Lush fields they never see For algorithms and robots Had replaced green-grassy lea. With auto feed and milking Every need was satisfied No stress, strain, or disease Was the corporate line […]

Maths Lesson

by Derek Morrison Looked out of the high window Outside the rain poured down It was first class on a Monday And Jimmy Skinner had a frown. He was a teacher of some repute For ferocious temper on short fuse So Jimmy Skinner’s expression Much increased our Monday blues. “All, show me your home-work!” Came the  curt command […]


by Derek Morrison They see no beauty in your stone Only a surface on which to scrawl Proclaiming angrily that they exist But need dark silent nights to crawl. They see no beauty in your wood Just new targets for their spoor And like feral dogs peeing points More such shadows does this lure. They see no beauty in […]