bags ( sgab )

loaded leather satchels

yawning hordes of homework

pencils, pens ‘n’ paper

hate mail from a penfriend

camera in y’rucksack

jollop in y’nutsack

none for the master

& all for the dame

mushy peas ‘n’ custard

plastic handles snapping

sore stigmata palms

supermarket wankers

beans & swinging wristlets

suitors in a suitcase

parcels from the postman

momentary briefcases

bloody muddy wellies

zephyrous & amun

ladies of the night nurse

books, books, books

poop scooped dog shite

spillage from a long life

rubbish for the bin gods

sacks of gold & coalite

under tired eyes

titbits & pieces


titbits & pieces ( seceip & stibtit )

shooting star fishwives

kingfisher swishes

vicars whipping spinsters

gingerbread bin crumbs

do you do voodoo?

a pixie in the garden

skipping over leaves like

cracks on the pavement

seventeen, benzine

butterflies in autumn

once upon a cobweb

when the sun was younger

& the moon was frisky

dancing with the jigsaws

spinning between daydreams

’til the first of snowdrop

fifty six milkmen

pickles on a cheese breeze

bonfire whiffs

embers in november

mayflies in april

butter fingers spreading

catching a feather

– grow your own toenails

in the greenwich meantime


in the greenwich meantime ( emitnaem hciwneerg eht ni )

comatose toes

blossom on sabbatical

absent like scarecrows

or goosegrass rashes

bees buzz zees

as the trees bare all

like the shite biography

of a zed-list tosser

summer’s buggered off

wandered like the hands

of a driving instructor

or a bishop on remand

suns become moons

come the slide of afternoon

joggers with headlamps

blinding my staggers

turnips for the books


turnips for the books ( skoob eht rof spinrut )


pickled cabbage day

splatter saturday

sun is pissing grey

apple afternoons


bob beneath the shroud

cauliflower cloud

squiggles ink aloud

mizzle shrivels prunes


swans upon the once

hymns within the bonce

dance as sonnets ponce

ants in pantaloons


fragments of a gist

not a shopping list

carrots in the mist

brambles & bassoons


tangles in the sludge

spud a sunken trudge

nutter fingers fudge

sinking sanded dunes


wurzels, worms ‘n’ hooks

comas, crows ‘n’ rooks

turnips for the books

suitors, soup ‘n’ spoons


all the swirled’s a stage

gurn another page

rage against the beige

scree the scrawl of loons


smeg the smog of dearth

kicking clods of turf

dream of peas on earth

egging mutant moons

yet more racist things they should cancel forever


yet more racist things they should cancel forever ( reverof lecnac dluohs yeht sgniht tsicar erom tey )

drystone walling

sunday teatime

non-gender-neutral bagpipes

matchboxes, magpies

barnard’s star

cardigans, ptarmigans

starfish, carnations

clay pigeon shooting

mister kipling’s cherry bakewells

tuesday afternoons

the severn bore, semaphore

lychees, lichtenstein

non-non-binary binary code

toblerones, moonbeams

mid-morning pancake day

& most pot noodles

( brrr )

n o v e m b e r


n o v e m b e r ( r e b m e v o n )

now that wraiths have faded

      fluttered by like butterflies

owls beyond the crows

      bogs become the leas

voles in every pigeonhole

      scribbles scratching naps

easter is a snoring dormouse

      piss another pantomime

michaelmas is mizzle-mist

      goats & stoats in duffel coats

babylondon burns again

      badgers dance a reelsome eight

embers of a distant hymn

      sing within this hinterland

rubble underfoot

      feathers in my pockets