Road safety for children (in Jimmy Savile’s time)

Clunk-click
Charlie says
Get yourself seen

One for passenger safety
One for playing outside
One for cycling at night

Clunk-click
Charlie says
Get yourself seen

Be safe, wear your seat belt
Be safe, don’t go off with strangers
Be safe, wear reflective clothing

All well and good.
But what about the missing warnings?

Clunk-click
Charlie says
Get yourself seen

One to avoid cornering
One to protect innocence
One to retain virginity

Clunk-click
Charlie says
Get yourself seen

Be safe, don’t let him lock the door behind you
Be safe, don’t go off with BBC entertainers
Be safe, stay in plain view of witnesses

Clunk-click
Charlie says
Get yourself seen

And a final word about road safety:
You might just want to avoid marathon runs!

Leone

She fears her email has been breached:
Ending all contact with silence.
So how can she now be reached?

Concerned for a student I teach:
“Not safe” – a negative valence.
She fears her email has been breached.

Her life seems to have been seized
By threat of domestic violence.
So how can she now be reached?

She married a sex addicted leech
Who has controlled her ever since.
She fears her email has been breached.

So in debt her life’s been leased
By prostitutes of common parlance.
So how can she now be reached?

“Go and get help”, I would beseech
But I can’t bridge the distance.
She fears her email has been breached,
So how can she now be reached?

Innocent witness

To be both witness brave and innocent,
observing life with one’s compassion strong,
hoping all company is time well spent,
with joy and sadness I’ll sing my song:

from days of spring with lambs bounding in jest,
to summer greetings falling off the lip,
we’re finding pure enjoyment, perfect rest:
this ecstasy of human fellowship.

But autumn’s message comes too late to warn
that winter’s spite can freeze once glowing hearts,
and we desecrate weak love with scorn.
Alas, forlorn with hate we’re torn apart.

Now I must stand alone beside my fear:
Could human contact be my corruption?
Avoid the negative: don’t keep them near,
Ask I: is solitude my solution?

If I’m to always lack sagacity,
come pray that someone kind will witness me!