Florence Meade

Things I Make and Do

Tag: Opinion

The Wasp

I wandered lonely as a wasp, who cannot find her feet
For every time she tries to land upon a tasty treat,
Waving hands and tempers flared, thwart her simple plan;
She only wants to settle down and feast upon some jam.


I really wish people could stop
Popping their own clogs
Or trying to pop their own clogs
By jumping from things or under things or into the sea
Or by other means

Things must feel terribly bad
Far and away beyond sad
With really no fun left to have
To End yourself quietly but violently; then finally
Be silent.

Third suicide in a year
I should put in a line about tears
For the sake of a rhyme?
No, the tears are not mine
They are shed by those closest, most dear






Let me know if you’d like to just sit back and watch the occurrence in silence…



Engines groan, urging and streets sigh
Fight and win or lose and die
White frames and harsh lights for the new under glass
Dirty mouths and dark shadows for the old in the underpass
Bodies sat in chairs, chattels hanging, wired in
No-one knows the future but they keep on spinning
Vigilant faces scan the melee
Empty hearts that make their way
Check in on themselves once in a blue moon
How do you feel? Who are you?

Do you like me?

What if I wish to express an interest in something I don’t necessarily LIKE? Curiosity may urge me to read an article in a doctor’s waiting room, but I may not like it. In social media, if I don’t ‘like’ things then the algorithm changes the content of my news feed so I don’t receive notice of things that might challenge my curiosity, disgust, or feelings anywhere on the spectrum of human emotions other than ‘like’.

Does everything really have to be POSITIVE to be of value? It seems such an obvious fallacy yet we are only recently beginning to see signs that the end is drawing near for positive mental attitude, positive visualisation (if you wish hard enough…), praise sandwiches etc. Can we really learn from positive feedback alone?  What is the value of critical analysis if it can only be positive?

I wish I could follow certain discussions on the web without having to indicate that I ‘like’ them and then face being judged as though I have necessarily consumed them in the spirit in which they were intended. My explorations are picked up by the sticky fingered data miners that inform my online identity with sometimes amusing results.