Rebelling in 2006 !

I cannot threaten to wear purple when I am old.

With orange and pinks and reds,

I’ve done that all my life you see.

So just what’s left to do instead ?

I’ve wrecked my brains to think of  owt

To  make you grab your kids and shout –

‘Watch out for that old, eccentric lady –

She’s sure to be up to something shady’.

I’ve been a trendy, leftist student rebel,

‘Sat’ for days in syndicated ‘sit-ins’,

Marched on London in ’68.

So now what’s left, please won’t you tell ?

Can’t be an old lady with needles and kittens –

Gotta find new ways to infuriate …..

Write salty letters to ‘Guardian’ or ‘Times’

Or try to say things never said before –

In ‘signs’ !




A PomoXian Jamboree ?

Come all of you who’ve got a spot of ‘oirish’,

(Not forgetting true-myth creatures from the ‘Shire’).

Bring Cabanero pepper and some ‘Poteen’ –

We’ll be an impact-making, ‘pomo’, ‘oirish’ choir !

If you ever come across the sea to ‘Oirland’

To the World PomoXian Real-Time Jamboree,

Don’t forget to bring your band from near Seattle

We’ll help them find their roots in ‘dark Rosleen’.


[A fun song to the tune of ‘Galway Bay’ for members of the old

PomoXian -po(st)mo(dern) Christianity Forum]


On Being a Supernumerary Student

Supernumerary Posts sound very attractive

With lots of free time on ideas to be active.

One thinks of experiments

Exploring the elements of childhood neurosis,

Symbiosis erroneous.

The basis of manias

And personalities miscellaneous.

But ‘ere you think of signing on

Ponder your motivation.

The initiative they say you’ll practice

You’ll find will daily deplete in fact as

Your time is all spent in communications

With those who make insinuations

That students are useless innovations.

A little time listening to childish prattle,

The rest in an inter-staff psychic battle !

Autumn 1965


Girls and boys come out to play

But not in quite the same old way.

People have to learn new games

Learn to use symbolic names.

Learn to be sophisticated

(Conventions are so antiquated).

Take interest in politics

And why we failed to join ‘the Six’ !

Learn all the ways to defend your ego

Remember when the Bomb comes, we go !

Be heard conversing in interesting places

On the British approach to different races.

Be to the younger generation

A model of modern toleration.

Advocate a change of government

And air abroad your socialist sentiment.

We all see through old Home and the Tories

None of us believe the election stories !

We’ll never support such ‘dishonourable men’,

(But nevertheless, they’ll go in again ).

For everything we do is based on false criteria

And all our ‘games’, head-shrinkers say

Are versions of hysteria.

October 1st 1964