YES NO MAYBE

 

It is not about the pound.
It is not about loyalty.
It is not about whinging.
It is not about loving Alex.
It is not about Labour.
It is not about Conservatives.
It is not about Liberal Democrats.
It is not about supporting the SNP.
It is not about north sea oil.
It is not about electricity, gas or wind energy.
It is not about David Cameron.
It is not about the recession.
It is not about cultural differences.
It is not about the bankers and bonuses.
It is not about in or out of the EU.
It is not about in or out of NATO.
It is not about the NHS.
It is not about do we or do we not have nukes.
It is not about the defense of the realm.
It is not about settling old scores.
It is not about care of the elderly.
It is not about education.
It is not about a fairer society.
It is not about housing.
It is about YOU.
It is about EVERYTHING.
It is about DEMOCRACY.
It is about THE FUTURE.
It is ABOUT TIME.

 

poem © copyright Brian Shirra 2014

 


That Thing You Do

Me: so ill prepared for life and love,
and that other thing called sex.

Life: just a walk in a coastal breeze
hopefully over by age thirty.

Love: what the hell was love -
a too often used four letter word.

Sex: why.. that makes your head, your hips
and your whole world go round.

 

poem © copyright Brian Shirra 2014

 

 

Pain

Every day I am ambushed by gravity
the essence of me crunched like cereal
in a bowl.

I own time or, more likely, it owns me
drowning me in minutes that last light
years.

Broken electrical circuits signal me alive
moving with a lethargic crawl that has
been learned.

Pain replaces all of the bits that were me
so, invisibly, I hide in the shell remains of the
washed ashore.

Mind and memory combine to confuse breathing
with living, and living with not yet dying.

 

poem © copyright Brian Shirra 2014

 

all the news they need

Our future politicians are currently getting “all the news they need” from some social media sources (either summaries or so wrong to be laughable). Important world events distilled into bite size pieces.
In the UK we may have some future Prime Minister tweet his latest achievement thus: “Just chucked 100,000 off welfare, busy day – lol”
Oh wait..

 

 

© copyright Brian Shirra 2014