try to take a balanced view of life
for the sake of my health and equanimity.
A documentary film about
Phillipe Petit, who high wired
between New York Twin Towers
on 7th August 1974
taught me that sickening fear,
rather than external physical danger,
is the greater killer.
Spent a day trying to understand why printer won’t talk to laptop – why laptop won’t even look at printer.
Spent a day delving into computer registers, enabling and disabling policies, downloading drivers.
Spent a day digging deep, persevering, threatening and cajoling.
That was yesterday. Today I am spending with my beautiful son – just loving.
My Dad was a ladder maker
constructing kit for cleaners of windows
slow and steady in his craft putting pride before profit
his ladders rested upon sills and guttering
of every discerning domestic dwelling in Derbyshire
Dad only used good unblemished wood
free from faults and knots
he did not sell steps filled with putty mix
berating those who operate quick and dirty fixes
which may betray the trust of unsuspecting customers
From my Dad I learned to discover deceit
searching cracked smiles and creaking protestations
gleaning hidden truths beneath glossed over surfaces
his lofty craft keeping my feet firmly on the ground.