Built to last

I’ve just inherited a beautiful sideboard that was my maternal grandmother’s. It’s as good as new. I think it would cost a lot to get something that solid these days. So many modern products are not built to last or even to fulfil their function. Such a waste of money and the Earth’s resources. As Terry Pratchett said,

“A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes ‘Boots’ theory of socioeconomic unfairness.”

It Fits Where It Touches

They don’t make drawers like they used to
Look inside see fresh air round the edge
Flimsy piece of board on its bottom
Only use for storing cotton wool

© Jane Colbourne 2015



As a child in the playground it can be painful to be different and to not fit in. As an adult you have a broader experience of humanity and you realise, “Hey I’m not the only weirdo”.


That word
A stab in the heart
F*** you

Do you have any idea
What that means
To me?

She will be like me
She will be herself
Be free

And yeah so what?
Free to be me
Creatively free

It’s my word now
Reclaimed reused
With pride

Can’t touch me now
I know who I am
You see

©Jane Colbourne 2015

Forgetti Spaghetti

The heart does actually have a significant number of its own neurons. When someone says they know it in their heart they literally do.

Forgetti Spaghetti

Forgetti spaghetti
That’s what this brain is made of
Don’t think twice
Memory’s on strike

What’s left behind
When you’ve lost your mind?
Your heart that’s what
That’s what we all are made of

Confusion reigns
Inside the brain
But the heart has its own kind of knowing
You know it

©Jane Colbourne 2015