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Education in the new millennium
eight year old and homework
television cartoons
family cat
younger sister
all more interesting … and much better fun.

“Now!” Grumbling plus presented threat
ameliorated by bribery –
“ if…”
War avoided – for today
mission accomplished and some minutes of quiet.

“ Um sweetheart …..
this doesn’t seem to have been done properly.”
Pause for intake of breath and
possible outbreak of war after all.
“ It doesn’t matter Mum
they’ll say it’s very good,
everyone’s is – all the time.



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.