Our Pride of Lionesses

A poem inspired by the brilliant performance of the Lionesses at the World Cup

Millions of us keenly tuned in,

A World Cup Final – could we win?

Go for it girls, it’s been far too long,

And Sweet Caroline’s now our favourite song.

A Magpie Muses

A poem from the point of view of the only magpie living in Shetland 

Gannets and guillemots throng in their thousands,
Screeching and squawking across the cliffs,
While from the rocky ledge below,
Puffins gently rise and float free.

Face Facts

A poem about animal sentience and how we can understand chimpanzees’ facial signals

Since we descended from great apes,

Their gestures form familiar shapes,

We can tell if a chimp seeks some food,

Wants to groom or is in the mood.

Reading the signs upon their face,

Comes from our shared genetic space.

Calling animals dumb is simply unfair,

We know they can think and share and care,

They have their own sets of social rules,

And some can even work with tools.

They’re much better than us in many ways,

While we risk causing a nuclear haze.

We weren’t the creators of conversation, 

So, let’s master the art of conservation.

Notes of Loss

This poem tells of my shock in hearing ‘God Save the King’ for the first time when for my whole life I have heard ‘Queen’.

In shock we tuned in to the rolling news,
And tears were shed across the nation,
Leaders stepped up to share loving views,
With tributes and stories of her dedication. …