A light at the end of the tunnel



When the darkness is so overwhelming,

Look to the stars above for some hope,

The glow in the eyes of a child playing,

Helping the mind restore and to cope.


There’s a light at the end of the tunnel,

A hope to help lift us from despair,

A hole for water to escape a funnel,

Letting us out when the world’s unfair.


You will enter a place of still solitude,

Peace and quiet, solace from all the din,

To get there you’ll need to show fortitude,

As this nirvana you will find is within.





You caught my eye as

I ran on by


I doubled back to

take a look


And in the shop you

peered at me


Statuesque, perfect

in every way


Like Bo Derek in 10

a vision splendid


Such style, such elegance

a Sophia Loren


The curves, the contours

Angelina Jolie


But then I noticed you

did not move


Old Hall



We came from near and from far,

To the hall at the end of the tar,

To dance to Frank and his band,

Far from war in another land.


We waltzed long into the night,

Till night gave way to first light,

Two tops in a twirl and a spin,

We danced with aplomb and a grin.


We joined as one in barn dance,

Chance to romance and to prance,

We thought our life was just made,

No chance of the bombs from a raid.


We slipped to the back of the hall,

None saw our stealth and our gall,

Not to think of whether we should,

We carved our love into the wood.


the floor has sprung

boarded windows clatter

in wind like a percussion solo

rats scuttle to their pit

battered paint peels


‘Albie loves Essie’


a developer eyes the structure

‘Yeah, it’s a knockdown mate’.


A poem about cows and climate change


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They’re watching us, these things called humans

Pens out, monitoring our rumens

Cows no fun


Pointing their fingers, shuffling their sheets

Murmuring about the planet’s heat

Cows help sun


Worried faces, showing their petulance

About our burps and our flatulence

Cows need bung


Uttering words, the most common ‘methane’

Hoping us cows would kindly refrain

Cow’s bad bum


With a gut like a still, it’s our only torment

Grass sloshes around, slow ferment

Cow’s big drum


Big cows with balls are the worst offenders

Blame males, that’ll help defend us

Cows well hung


They think it’s best to fit us with gas masks

Give us new grass to stop all the farts

Cow’s new tum


They’ll want us to dispose of our very own cow pats

Placing them into some underground vats

Cows no dung


See they carve us up or milk us bone dry

Now they say that we make all things fry

Cows hard done


No bull, we’re so over their bovine jokes

Go away and pick on some ‘udder’ folk

Cow bad pun


And don’t they belch things out, that’s a fact

What’s spewing from that factory stack?

Cows not dumb


See all we want to do is chew on our cud

Moo, poo, and trudge though the mud

Cows hum drum


So it’s over, all of this crap is enough

We’re taking a stand, getting so tough

Cows done fun


Let’s fight for ruminant freedom

Run with the buffalo, the sheep

Let’s herd together, fight to the end

Cows are one


Let’s stampede the Golden Arches

Go on long protest marches

Fight on beaches and on pastures

Even take to the air in the fastest

Cow Top Gun


And now the end is very near

The day that all of us cattle fear

The last to the abattoir is to be tanned

The fight was called ‘Muster’s Last Stand’

Cows out gunned


So if this story shocks, scares and amazes

That we Daisies could be ‘pushing up daisies’

Next time you question our windy emissions

Consider the risk of milk and meat omissions

Cow’s life done


(Author’s note: It is reported that ruminants, including cows, are directly responsible for 6.3% of anthropogenic global warming. Apologies to Dana Lyons for using some ideas from his song ‘Cows with Guns’)



A poem on Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus




You never show me any emotion

I’m always showing you devotion

You do not even know how to try

What do you want me to do? Cry?

You so do not really understand

Hey, I am only trying to be a man

A nice gift, a little kiss on the lips

What’s the problem? We go on trips

Surprise me, be romantic, my honey

I know, you want more of my money

Wait, there’s someone I’ve got to text

Let’s go and have wild, passionate sex

You’re always trying to get me into bed

Now you’re really playing with my head

At least the girls they will shop with me

And the boys they let me feel so free

This long discussion is going so nowhere

It’s an argument, you’re not being fair

You’re shirty, you’ll now give me the snub

That’s right, I’m off now down to the pub.


I’m sorry, here are flowers to show I care

Flowers, that’s a change, so very rare

Can we kiss, make up, and get some food?

Long as it’s not make out, not in the mood

Let’s call it a truce? I will be there for you

And I will try to accept you for being you.


Poem about wishing to live in the country




In my wild erratic fancy visions come to me of Clancy (and Nancy)

Gone a wine-making up to Mudgee where all the tree-changers go,

Or are they doing permaculture? Not just sure of their fancy,

Only their life has pleasures that the city folk never know.


I am sitting in my dingy office in the dusty, dirty city,

Listening to meaningless talks from the next door jerk,

Oops, I’ve missed another deadline, oh what a pity!

Now to head home on trains which rarely ever work.


And I somehow fancy that I’d like to change with Clancy (and Nancy),

Have a home among the gum trees where the seasons come and go,

But I guess they’ll be out there till they go to ‘greener’ pastures,

And I’ll stay where I am and watch my in-tray overflow.


(Author’s note: Apologies to Australian poet Banjo Paterson for using some lines from ‘Clancy of the Overflow’)

The joys of being an older runner


2017 Sydney Harbour 10K 3

Why do we? Why do we go back for more?

Perspiration pouring out like an artesian bore,

Groans in our bones, aches for goodness sakes,

The finish out of sight, this is what it takes.


Are we all masochists or are we just silly?

(I wish this darned course wasn’t that hilly!)

‘Fun run’: an oxymoron if ever there was one!

I’m sure this race has well and truly been won.


But I remember the day, the day of my PB,

It was so, so easy, I got a running stress freebie,

I felt virile, vibrant, young, I ran without fear,

The only thing, I can’t even remember the year.


Will I now walk? My legs they feel like rubber,

I’m a whale beached, heavy weight and all blubber,

No, no, I can’t give in to this easy walk option

That seduces me like some sensuous siren.


And now one last strain as I cross the finish line,

I’ll sit down, catch my breath, then I’ll feel fine,

Then talk to the others, make up all the excuses,

And ask, ‘Do you know any good masseuses?’


Then home to start on the long road to recover,

Apply some ice, pop a pill, maybe then another,

But whatever the weather, if it’s hot, wet or cold,

We will all be back, as good as gold, or just old.