At the start of the year the universe was calling me to write a new set of poems. I let the ideas that I had sit with me for a while and then I set about writing out what would be the storyline into what the poems would fit. It seemed the work would involve written set pieces and poetry. I was all set to go and then...... THE WORLD SEEMED TO GO CRAZY! It became clear to me that I was not being called to write out MY idea but that I needed to report on what was happening in the world and how it was making me feel.

the BLACK dog is a term used to describe depression and it a dark dog. As I started this work we are in a very dark, depressing time in the world and I had to reflect on that. So this is me, the Dark dog, barking back at the world! This is very much a live piece of work as we turn through this year. I also have my reflections in here, on my own thoughts, feelings and life. This is my heart open and my soul on show for anyone to see. It is me being brave, I hope you enjoy!




They walked on the coal for their the leader

Feet blistered and burnt, feeling no pain

Was this an act of dedication?

An act of fear to disrespect the top Dog


Walking on wires each and every day

in fear of the repercussions of standing up

To find that inner voice 

To rise above shouting

"NO more!" 


Would they stand by as the button was pushed?

run to the cells that divide

The blood that rushes through a body

they no longer recognise


Orders are orders

You don't deny the dog at the top

You plan, you wait

You rise up, victorious 


Shadows linger for the watcher

They whisper as he waits

He knows the time is coming

Running to the gates


He hears the voice of the Holy

The voice of the guiding faith

OR the universe calling

"Humans don't make this mistake"  

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