VERSE | THE ART OF TRAINING PRIMITIVE MAN

I walk down the street, my face set so The kind that threatens “Back off!” you know ..Some also call it the Resting Bitch Face I call it my Psychosocial Can of Mace I will deny that I’m a lonesome brooder Heck! I love life’s energy and sizzleIt’s just that as I’ve grown older …Continue reading “VERSE | THE ART OF TRAINING PRIMITIVE MAN”

VERSE | THE ACCIDENTAL WORDSMITH

I’m an accidental wordsmith I solder little things Nouns and verbs and adjectivesSome calming, some with a sting Some say they like my poetryWhen words I synchronise Like Paler than a Tundra JailerEyes Turquoise like Southern Skies Others they are fonder of The short stories that I weave Of everyday folks who beat all theContinue reading “VERSE | THE ACCIDENTAL WORDSMITH”

KIDSBOOKS | FLORA BIZARRO

La de da de da, sang the ArumAs she rustled her giant leavesIt was her seventh birthday todayShe’d been sung happy birthday by all the treesShe was feeling especially grand todayAs she nestled her very first budShe was going to flower any day A thing of beauty rising from the mud.That night when the moonContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | FLORA BIZARRO”

KIDSBOOKS | SLOW MO, THE SLOTH

In the tropical rain forests of NicaraguaThere’s the cutest little animalAlways smiling, forever loungingHe keeps his movements to a minimal His favourite food is the avocadoHe can easily digest the whole seedCrushing it, mushing it and then dispersing itThrough his once a week poop routine Despite the fact that he’s quite blindAnd lives his lifeContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | SLOW MO, THE SLOTH”

KIDSBOOKS | THE MAJESTIC MARKHOR

In the great Himalayan and Karakoram rangesThere lives an intrepid herbivoreShe scales the sheer wooded cliffsThe beautiful, agile MarkhorHer name is a hybrid of two wordsMar: the snake, and Khor: the eaterDespite the fierce legend she wieldsShe’s quite the gentle barnyard bleaterShe’s one of a group of nine ladiesThree aunts and five frisky cousinsThey liveContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | THE MAJESTIC MARKHOR”

KIDSBOOKS | THE TALENTED LYRE BIRD

A soulful fluting sound is heardFrom the rainforests of QueenslandAlso the whirr of an electric sawAnd the toots and da-dums of a brass bandThey’re not the sounds of a jungle party Nor a trumpeter tuning his instrument It’s just the superb lyre birdShowing off his vast vocal talents.He can be found in the theatres heContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | THE TALENTED LYRE BIRD”

KIDSBOOKS | THE BOXING MANTIS ALI

Kaboom! Boom! Biff! Biff! Thud!That’s the sound one hears from this stomatopodAs she pummels her prey like a wrecking ballBreaking them up shells, pincers and allShe’s a warrior of an ancient lineFierce and savage is this lassShe can punch the living daylights outOf anyone who dares to show her sassShe has independently roaming eyesNothing escapesContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | THE BOXING MANTIS ALI”

KIDSBOOKS | STICKIE TRICKSTERS

Have you ever seen a creatureDisappear in front of your eyes?No crazy magic, no maddening tricksBut by dint of its natural disguise?Come, I’ll let you in on a secret:Hidden away in the branches of trees Are master camouflage artists Who are never quite what they seemThey’re not grasshoppers nor cricketsNor cicadas nor cockatoosI’ll give youContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | STICKIE TRICKSTERS”

KIDSBOOKS | THE SHOEBILL STORK

There is this strange old birdHe has a bill like a wooden shoeSharp as a knife with a hook at the endHe looks like he could gobble up me and you!He has a big old nest he’s builtOn marshland in South SudanHe is a loner, a solitary roamerDoesn’t like the look of beast or man.HeContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | THE SHOEBILL STORK”

VERSE | THE ANATOMY OF HOPE

It is feeling like the world has overcome You body and soul and then some It’s like drowning in a bottomless sea Gasping, gasping, trying to breathe Sputtering, choking reaching for airCrashing, thrashing limbs everywhere;It’s feeling the whole world closing inVision blurring, darkness descending. It’s being sure that many endings are near:Of wanting, of livingContinue reading “VERSE | THE ANATOMY OF HOPE”

VERSE | THE KNOCK KNOCK JOKE WITH A MENTAL TWIST

Written amidst the mind-numbing perils of never ending curfew lockdowns. Read at your own mental risk 🤓 Tak taka tak – Tak TakKaun hai bhai bata ab takCHINA!CHAI NA girana babuBari tarpay tarpay tarpayMeri leg not so halkay halkayKnock knockity! Knock KnockWho’s there, before I click back the lockZEBRA! ZE BRA in France is blackContinue reading “VERSE | THE KNOCK KNOCK JOKE WITH A MENTAL TWIST”

VERSE | LET ME BE ME

For all the girls, and the women young and old, who are made to feel less, inferior or impaired because they have dreams that are different to the ones dreamt up for them by others. May you find the strength and the passion to be you. Why must I be what I don’t want toContinue reading “VERSE | LET ME BE ME”