Thank you, Dr Ford

Because she spoke too softly
Because she spoke too loud
Because she spoke too soon/ too late
Because she made us proud
Because no-one would believe her
Because they’ll say it was her fault
Because they asked so many questions
But couldn’t say the word ‘assault’
Because she can’t remember
We know she remembers every day
Because she is a woman
And women know things go this way
Because she said that she was sorry
For the things she didn’t do
Because she spoke for all of us
Because she stood there for #metoo
Because power means more than people
Because such cruelty must run so deep
Because she says that she heard laughing
These are just the secrets we should keep
Because, please do not upset him
Because his life cannot be destroyed
Because a man is just a man
“A boy is just a boy”
Because we know how much it scared you
To face a wall of old, white stone
Because you did it anyway
Because you did not stand there alone
Because they tried to silence you
But now we say no more
Because you speak for all of us
I thank you, Dr Ford.

Kilimanjaro

Calm and cold and happy and home and journey and got this and there
Bonding and watching and packing repacking and sunset and sunrise and where
Long and cold and cold and cold and lonely and starting and scared
Walking and walking I got this let’s go and I want it so bad and don’t care
Arriving and camping and camping and hiking and forest and monkeys and sky
Tree tops and hill tops and ice tops and freeze in a tent on this huge mountainside
Missing and wishing and dreaming and hoping and writing but just in my head
Stronger and longer and just need to conquer each day and keep looking ahead
You’ll make it you won’t you can and you can’t it’s easy you just don’t give in
You’ve walked it believed it a thousand or more and each step you can count as a win
Laughing keep laughing and being yourself and discovering just what that means
And one day you’ll get there you might touch the sky and somehow live all of your dreams
Panorama and drama and stars fill your eyes and you’ve never seen skies quite like this
And I got your message and I saw the moon and I know that you sent me a kiss
Remember forever and beat it and proud and there’s love and there’s strength and there’s hope
And there’s no-one and everyone and it all lives in me and I wish you were here I can cope
Heightened and weakened and strengthened and strong and I don’t have to care what they say
Stepping keep stepping keep onwards believing that upwards is my only way
And then I stopped writing the words all dried up
because the memories they meant so much more
And I will remember forever the view from the top
It showed me all that life was for.

Something and nothing.

Something about it being harder not to than to.
Something about looking forward
and never looking back.
Something about that something someone said once.

Things will get better than this.
You are better than this.
Get better than this.

Something about we only have one life.
Something about strength comes from within.
Something about one love to conquer it all.
Something and something about you.

Something else about you.

Something about what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.
Something about good things come in the end.
Something about the most important thing is to be happy.
Something I forgot.
and something I forgot again.

Something that makes me who I am.
Someone I’ve loved all this time.
Something I never thought I never knew that I knew.
Something you taught me.
one day.

Something about nothing
I ever imagined
Something I will be brave enough to do
Something one day you’ll be proud of
Something and nothing
That’s you.

One year.

There are five
three six
three zero
of seconds
to fill in your life every year.
Eight seven
six thousand
hours to spend
on love or on hope or on fear.
Seventeen new ways to discover yourself.
One hundred new things that feel strange.
Ten friends
to help you remember yourself.
A billion of more of your tears.
There are four different countries
or more, if you can.
No limit to words on a page.
Three quarrels
four sorrys
too much doubting yourself
but infinite new ways to change.
One lesson.
Two heartbreaks.
One love always there.
Two houses, but only one home.
So many times that you could have said yes
the most important of all you said no.
A whole year of memories
just once round the sun
and countless ways to count time.
The only times I’ll remember forever
are the times that I made this year mine.

The Fermi Paradox

A universe so endless
Perhaps a trillion different galaxies
More stars than there are numbers for
Every opportunity and fantasy.
That means there must be something else
To fuel our search for nothing,
It’s what we’ve all been fighting for.
It’s all that we can trust in.
But maybe we are all alone,
And if that turns out to be true,
Then, when we decide to push the button,
It won’t be about me or you.
Because if you want to, we can kill ourselves
Destroy our planet, rape our earth
Take the fortune we’ve been given,
This civilisation from its birth,
And we could end it all right now,
It would make a lot of sense,
If the universe wants it that way
Let’s forget all the pretense.
The others never made it
If they had, we would have seen them
The probables too infinite
To believe we have such freedom
Or we could choose another way
(But this will never happen)
We could be the first in all of everything
To own another planet.
Instead let’s all just kid ourselves
And think we mean more on our own
Believe that inward, selfish happiness
Is all we need to know.
It’s easier that way, you think?
Than to fight through the next blocks
Perhaps the biggest still to come.
That’s the Fermi Paradox.

See yaaaaa

Try to make me hate goodbye
When goodbye ends the loneliness
Try to make me hate goodbye
When leaving gives me wholeness
Try to make me hate goodbye
But hello was just a word anyway
Try to make me hate goodbye
As if you forced me out, I couldn’t stay
Try to make me hate goodbye
You think I’m scared of changing
Try to make me hate goodbye
When there’s a whole world to rearrange in
Try to make me hate goodbye
Did you believe that you could cage me?
Try to make me hate goodbye
Your arrogance made you lazy
Try to make me hate goodbye
Because you’re the one scared I’m leaving
What you didn’t know is that I love goodbye
It’s how I know that I’m achieving.

The story of the puppet.

You can only write
The things you know
?
Like the puppet master
Who knows his puppet
Who controls his puppet
?
Who decides
When he sings
And when he dances
And when he smiles
At what
?
Who chooses
When he is happy
And when he is angry
Or when he is tired of
The show
?
Who tells him
Now be brave
It is time to change
Because he feels lost
Even when he isn’t
Alone
?
Who agrees
When he cuts his strings
And grows some wings
To take back
Control
?
Who knows
?
Remember, puppet
You can only write
The things you know
.

Thought of the day.

Go the opposite way to the flow
Stand up to the flow
Let the flow ebb around you, instead
Push the flow as far away as
you can
Resist the flow
Walk away from the flow
Do. Not. Feed. The. Flow.
Make the flow, your flow
Shake off every last remnant of the flow
Show the flow who is the boss
Laugh at the flow
Remember
You cannot be compared to the flow
Whatever you do
Do
Not
Ever

Go

With
The
Flow.

No words.

How do I write
the same as I think
a thought will appear
and sometimes it may
stay
and play
or I will send it
on its way.
I could mould it
try to control it
make it part of
something bigger
or not.
It does not always work.
Either way, it’s just a thought.
I am happy it was there.
And maybe one day
I will have another
and it will make me think
why do I write
now that
is an interesting question.

I promise me.

I promise that I’ll never lie to you
I promise I won’t break your heart
I promise to help you move forward
so that you finish whatever you start
I promise to always believe in you
In turn, make you believe you can’t fail
I promise to pick up the pieces
when all of your plans get off railed
I promise to always defend you
even though we both know that sometimes you’re wrong
I promise that I’ll keep you focussed
when the road feels so hard and so long
I promise to tell you I love you
to make sure that you always feel special
I promise I won’t let you give up
Because I believe you have so much potential
I promise to never make promises
that I know that I cannot keep
And that means you know you can trust me
with the secrets you bury so deep
I promise that I’ll always be there
even when you think you’re completely alone
I promise I’ll listen to all of the fears
you thought you had all on your own
I promise to take you to places
to make sure that you always feel free
And this time you can trust every promise
They are promises I made with me.