NaPoWriMo #17 – The Choice

The Choice
taken from a statement by Theresa May on the 18th April 2017, announcing a UK General Election

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The Choice

the choice facing the British people:

Britain is leaving the European Union / the government has
control, laws, borders.

oppose it.

threaten to vote.

grind government to a standstill.

fight every step of the way.

because government is small.

They underestimate our determination.

we have this moment

seek support

challenge the parties, criticise Brexit,
block Parliament.

show you are opposing

put forward
the people

Every vote will make it harder

Every vote means
a future.


Lent #19 – Ten Reflections

Written as a part of a Lent 2017 project. 

Freddie Alexander

  1. We worry too much about being holy. Perhaps this is a fear of being damned. As if there is a small island of redemption and holiness, surrounded by a great ocean of damnation. What if these roles were reversed? What if holiness was not a state we kept struggling towards, but a state of contemplation to rest within?
  2. We start Lent with every good intention. “It is just forty days.” Being able to live with not living up to our expectations is a more interesting test of character.
  3. I recently listened to a discussion between Krista Tippet and Richard Rhor, in which Richard described people seeing him in contemplation and describing his face as sad. Richard was surprised at this, because he was the happiest he had ever been. Joy is deep. It can be cultivated out of the sunlight.
  4. These practices come and go, turning on cycles in the year. Lent is less something to take part in, and more something that occurs, inevitably, coming and going, like the tide. Living in peace with this tide seems to be a good life.
  5. How shall we be joyful? How shall we keep our lightness?
  6. Advent seems sadder than Lent. As the Resurrection caps Lent, the Slaughter of the Innocents caps Advent.
  7. I will find it more difficult to retreat in my everyday life. It is a careful eye that needs to maintain this practice. Being able to remove myself to sit upon the mountain and watch storms on the water is a valuable healing.
  8. We should not be so proud as to be wrong.
  9. We should not be so proud as to be right.
  10. Lent is a time to strip back to our core. How do we love, in our core? How do we live? How do we worship? How do we speak of these many difficult things to speak about? Stand taller. Be more.

NaPoWriMo #16 – You

Oh, you holiday home,
you luxury hotel,

you square mile, you village,
you puffed up nostalgia

you cultural abscess,
you five hours from London,

you windowless kitchen,
you three room apartment,

you wish you were Glasgow;
funny, cute, likeable,

you UNESCO crime scene
(formaldehyde stairwell),

you high street H&M,
you excessive blueness,

Edinburgh, you great bridge,
you meeting place of spires.

NaPoWriMo #15 – Poetry Isn’t Real

Poetry Isn’t Real
taken from the Lies, Dreaming NaPoWriMo prompt list #15

i have sPent too long trying
tO maintain my belief in what
i could not provE, what was
ouT of my grasp, and just as
i felt you Rest in my palm so
soon i knew You would dissipate

gIve me truth
give me underStanding
give me Nothing
but the lighT~

you are as staRlight to me
flecks of whitEness behind
the clouds, Above this disk
i Lay my head.

NaPoWriMo #12 – You cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic.

You cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic.


The title of this poem is taken from a statement by Alvi Karimov in response to the accusations of over 100 gay men being abducted in Chechnya. The body of the poem is taken from Article 1 of the ‘1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons.’