21 May 2022

A Politician I will be




I am going to be one

I train a lot, I'm learning to plot

I watch elections, I learn a lot

They tell me to practice

I'm trying to change

I'm learning to speak

Speak and not say a lot

With training I think

I'll fit the bill

Already I practice

 I sound true blue

You'll be astounded

Just what I can do

Smile a lot

It will get me through

That's what I'm told

 It will have to do

I kissed a child the other day

Learned how to say goo, goo

I know how to ignore

Use the truth when it's needed

Make up a story

Make it seem really real

Now I just have to know

How to become a member

I remember these skills

 I've learned them, I'll be right!

I'll have a bright future

And that is for sure

My skill of lying

Will stand me in good stead

It's has done it's job

I'll get ahead

The PM's job sounds

Sounds just right

I'm sure I could do it

I lie real good

Me for PM that's what I say

I'm not going to wait

Not one more day

You can always believe me

I've learned what to say

I'm a born politician

I think you can tell


S. W. T. Read August 2010

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Being Normal




Do you know what its like to be normal

To walk and run and just have fun

To talk and sing or do anything

See the sky, or pictures and other things

Hear the sounds of the morning when it comes

Feel the softness of a woman's touch


These are the things we call normal

Now do you ever think, what is normal?

It's not being different, different at all

That is what normal means


What’s the opposite, what does it mean

Is it being a cripple unlike you or me

Or unable to see, hear or think like we


Can they enjoy a sunny day like us, yes

And they feel love and kindness

Yes they laugh and cry just like us

All these things they feel, like you and me


And yes that’s normal don’t you agree

Now you know, they’re just  like you and me

So when you see someone less fortunate we

Remember how normal we all can be


Stephen. W.T  Read (2010) ©

My Stroke



I had a stroke, Oh no it was not a stroke

 of luck

It was a nasty little bugger it really changed my life

I didn’t give  permission, didn’t ask it to come aboard

 Like a lightning bolt it came , it  froze me to the spot

 My voice it sort of left, along with walking and waving my hand

 It was the strangest  feeling’ as if I was there no longer

 Life came back slowly and then I knew, I’d have lot of work do

 For sure just to survive was going to be quite a chore

 Soon I was started on training my arm and leg and voice

 To learn to talk again, move a finger and move my leg a little bit

It was so exciting and such a thrill, to see small movements that I knew would grow

To share the excitement with others too, was so rewarding and such a great thing

This was when, strange as it seems, I began to feel lucky in a funny sort of way

 This unwanted visitor that had struck so hard a blow

 Well I know it made me grow, now I’m a better person I do believe

 As time has past and things improved I’ve learned to walk, wave and talk

 Above all though I now know a lot, about good people and to laugh a lot

I cannot say I enjoyed it all, but to walk, shake a hand and say hello is good

 These things I now cherish and will do so every day

 I’ll never forget my carer, and remember every day

An arm to cling to, tears to wipe, hours of waiting just with hope

 My carer walked alongside all the way, did the hard yards, always showed the way

S W T Read


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I'm a Puppy Dog


Hello my names doggy

Do you like me, I like you

I can see you've got food

Watch I can wiggle my tail

Wiggle it real fast

Can I have some please


If I rub up against you

Will you give me a bite

If I whimper a bit will it do the trick

Can I have some, I've got the stick

Will you chuck it for me

It's one of my tricks


Can I have a nibble now

I've picked up the stick

You know you're miserable

You're no fun, didn't give me any

Not even one


Oh well I tried, to get along

It's not my fault we don't get along

I've got to go now really bad!

Now you know your leg

It looks just like tree

Oh that feels good!

I've had to pee




Stephen W T Read




Once we were children


We liked to have a mum to kiss it better

Why was the bed damp in the morning?

We want to be a little bit bigger

Wanted to be that bit taller, that's all!

To stop wearing shorts, having plats

Wearing long skirts, trousers and all that

We were allowed to play out, until it was dark

Then we walked to school all on our own!

We sneaked things we we're never allowed to eat

We thought to be clever was every thing

Wanted mum and dad to always care

Never thought what we did frightened them

Then we started to do more things on our own

Feeling more grown up every day

Going to the movies on our own

Seeing girls and boys in a different ways

Though we were still just children in lots of ways

Then our bodies they begin to feel sort of strange

And the child started to fade, fade completely away

The change to adult was on its way

We never noticed when the whole thing started

Never knew when the child departed

It’s gone away now, and now we know

We can't go back, we don't need to grow

Though sometimes we'd like to dream again

To be children again and have the childhood things

In some ways I think it would be good, good for a day

Then I remember how I wanted to be tall

And how I got here and that's about all

I am past it now and it’s all right

I don't need a light at night


Wouldn’t it be nice to think like a child

Just once in a while, to remember the way

We used to play at life, it wasn’t real of course

But now, well it’s real of course

Always remember how to play, it gets you through the day


Stephen. W.T. Read (2010)

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15 May 2022

Staggering number of COVID cases in Australia. Politicians have their collective heads in the sand!


After two years of extreme impacts, governments and politicians are now afraid to talk about COVID.

They ignored why cases — and hospitalisations — had now increased transmission.     

7 May 2022

Why are we talking about war. It's an election you dumb ass!



Higher death numbers due to virus, yet we don't care! Our Government's and journo's aren't interested.


A higher number of reported deaths, nobody seems to care about it or worry about it apart from the families involved.”

It's partly the fault of governments, but really, the vast majority of Australians are sick of COVID. They want it to be over.The problem is, it isn’t over”.

Since the beginning of this year, there have been more deaths than the previous two years combined – it’s now our second-biggest cause of death”.

Our governments have largely abandoned public messaging and advice. Health officers advocating the wearing of masks in crowded spaces are simply not being heard.

Messages from different state governments and territories is it’s up to you to work out what your risk is and protect yourself.

They have lost the plot!

1 May 2022

Australia where are you? Once we were taking a leading role. Now?


We took a leading role in the establishment of 

The United Nations

The UN Conventions on Genocide

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Preserving Antarctica from mineral exploitation.

Now,it seems inconceivable now that Australia could take the lead on any major international policy, so shrivelled is our ambition.

Australia could exercise a far greater international influence if it chose, however it appears that our Coalition governments have set about making Australia a hasbeen internationally. 

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