Menorise [men-oh-rIse]; the process of inculcation.

"The saddest aspect of life is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom."
(Isaac Asimov)

© Yamini Ali MacLean

Menolyrical; Final Friday Fiction

This one is heavy. The month has been heavy, I feel; both personally and in the wider field. Those who read last Sunday's post will know my drift. The poem below was composed after waking up that long-ago November morning due to the sound of sirens over Edinburgh. In the wee, small hours of the morning... not ambulance or police or fire - of which there are plenty which go past the father's place... no, these were full on air-raid-style.


I recall being paralysed to the bed. Could scarcely breath. Listened for the sound of planes. Never came. A day later, in the Scotsman, we were told not to panic.  ???!!! "A spokeswoman at the Home Office... said that 'BT was checking a carrier control unit in Edinburgh. This is believed to have malfunctioned causing the alarm to go off'." All the sirens were, at that time, on top of the police duty boxes - which no longer exist of course. (Think Dr Who.)

It took me right back into childhood in the early 1960s when the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) was at its height arguing against the placement of USA's cruise missiles on British land... and, even then, I knew myself to be a pacifist. This poem was as much about that little girl from the 60s, as the one who was scared witless on that morning in the 80s, and the same who is hearing echoes here and now, in the twenty teens...

Menominal Heroes

The second of the medal winners in the PDSA honours of 2017.

Police Dog Sweep

Police Dog Sweep, a Working Cocker Spaniel, received his PDSA Order of Merit for outstanding devotion to duty while working as Detection Dog for Lothian and Borders Police and Police Scotland. He is the 15th recipient of the honour.