Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Fit Bit

Know thyself, thy pulse,

Keep fit, drink water, nothing alcoholic,

Know thy blood, its pressure, sys and diastolic,

And oxygen, its level several times a day.

Know thy temperature in centigrade

Eat only healthy, wholefood, home made,

And meat do not consume or not much, anyway.

Be preoccupied by how you are,

Take endless exercise, run far,

Monitor each day your steps,

Lift weights, develop biceps.

Keep clean and glowing you’re a star,

Walk or cycle do not take the car.

You have no limitations, but this one,

Your vital stats are dull, when all is said and done. 

Monday, 27 June 2022

When We Were Funny, Half-Made Creatures

When we were funny, half-made creatures,

You snapped us, caught us,

Your spotty, awkward daughters,

With 1980s features,

And style that friends had taught us

Was de rigeur, despite the fact you thought us,

Weak, for giving in to fashion.

Still you bought us 

Fabric and cut and stitched and pressed

With strange, maternal passion,

That let us know we dressed

As well as all the rest,

Or better, even best.

And yet we did not value

That care you took,

Although we named our style self expression,

We wished to make the same impression

As all our friends,

And deeply craved the shop bought look.