Unwanted Odyssey

Unwanted Odyssey   There is a memory I wear Like an unwanted skin. I’ve been living like a storm Trying to shake it off. The harbours and avenues Of the world have welcomed me Like a needle into my veins. Wild languages and kinky nights Have been my odyssey Of blood and foam. But nothing…

Words of Our Own Making

Fading Words   “I’m hurting from desire.” Repeat after me: Desire desire desire Desire desire. Has the word lost meaning yet?   “I’m desperate for the forbidden thrill.” Repeat after me: Thrill thrill thrill Thrill thrill. What can you see now?   “I’m trapped in my own wanting.” Repeat after me: Wanting wanting wanting Wanting…

Resistance Song

Resistance Song   We used to sing songs against fascism, You and I and the world, But now we’ve gone silent And what does the world have to say?   When we sang the truth We said nothing any liar couldn’t say. I raised history from the dead But I forgot to turn water into…

Since You Want the Light

Timeless   Reading poetry in the sun I can assign oblivion to forgetting.   Reading poetry in the sun I can entomb history Within the silver dome I see From the corner of my eye.   Reading poetry in the sun I feel at home on the empty boat That lies deathly still On the…

My Kind of Vegetarian

   You should never read books by title alone. A book should not be judged by its title. I could truly appreciate the poignancy of those platitudes after reading The Vegetarian by Han Kang. I had heard a lot of good things about the book. It had won the 2016 Booker Prize and was quickly…

Mind Forged Manacles

Mind Forged Manacles The Dangers of Spirituality and Alternative Thinking     Mainstream Delusions   “The way of the miracle-worker is to see all human behavior as one two things: either love, or a call for love.” This quote, which is both misleading and naïve, is from a book of Marianne Williamson. A self-help author…

7 Stories, 7 Cities

“What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.”  Charles Baudelaire   Cities are sexy. They are man’s self-appointed eco-system. They overflow with life and no matter how much we complain about uneasy development and crane-clogged skylines, we have…

5 Reasons City Life is Inspiring

    “What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.” Charles Baudelaire   A new reality is dawning on Malta. The forces of economy, politics, globalisation and even simply the flow of time are changing Malta from an…

8 Reasons Why 2018 Was Beautiful

  2018 has been a year where it is easy to feel the world is sliding backwards, erasing centuries of careful progress and evolution. Trump continues to blunder and threaten the world with nuclear stupidity. The war in Yemen continues to starve and torture millions of children. More details of the horrific pandemic of child…

Poems for the Quiet Hours

Lights on the Horizon   When the air is heavy with change Keep the horizon in the corner of your eye.   When love breaks and tears you in two Keep the horizon in the corner of your eye.   When plans are re-designed in failure’s image Keep the horizon in the corner of your…