Posted in Love


Hair uncoloured
clothes unconcerned with chic and conscious of cost
Scholl approved shoes
approachably formal
experienced, observant and almost perfect recall
collecting and archiving – a remote server except
proximate – with politics and people of the workplace.

She must have known
could not, not have known
how they sneered – almost all of them
at her appearance
her husband.
Impossible for one so well-informed
and intuitive
not to detect
or sense.

I said it was starting to bite
something needed to be done – before it was too late
too much was being spent on the staff
meals especially
the subsidy had to be reduced
and everybody start paying.
She said I want my staff to feel appreciated
that their employer values them.



Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.