This poem will be ready on 8th December. Choose if this works with your availability.
To Do List
Doesnt means it didnt and then went and forgot
Dont was once to do but got tied up in a knot
Cant implies that it will never even take the bet
But hasn’t still knows it could happen yet
Sugar Cane Brixton
From the back of the Nissan
her shawl trimmed
red, gold and green
she strips cane
and carves green coconut
for the men
outside the pub.
Sweet juice runs
down their chins.
They are children
When I was younger
I thought Oxford Circus
/was/ a circus. That I could
hug tigers in the morning
& see giraffes sticking their
out of speeding windows.
A Victorian carousel
with its rush hour acrobats
I take the tube to work
My dignity takes a chauffered limousine
We are made inside stars
in the dying furnaces of suns
expanding into nebulae
our atoms like fading embers
drifted to form life
all life, everywhere.
This is scientific fact
and it is a beautiful thing.
You could be chased
By a crocodile
Or blasted into space
By a rocket missile
Maybe even walking
With a broken bicycle
For a mile
Or, be at the end of a queue,
S l o w l y
M o v i n g
S i n g l e
F i l e.
So, take a while
onto the carriage,
of every colour,
shape and size.
He cannot reach
the handrail, relies
on fellow passengers
to hold him up
and they rely
It’s only now
he needs to sneeze.
To A Messy Flatmate
The kitchen is a mess
The living room is a mess
You are a mess
Stop using my spoons
Ode to the Person whose shoulder I read over
How fast you go,
How quick you read,
Through the paper you speed and speed
But please could you just slow down my friend,
Otherwise I wont get to the…
No getting fit, no shifting fat, no gym membership.
No language lesson, no bungee jump, no round-the-world trip.
This change is simple, a cure for January’s blue:
catch your tube, then an eye and smile at somebody new.
Empowerment be the language of which music speaks,
Bravery be the stand point of which actions be,
Leadership be the content of which we preach.
Our kids be the future of which we see.
You are the stars that shine so you don’t need to look up any further,
you pave the path for those that come behind you.
You are the future.
On a train
In the dark
You could pass an Aardvark
And never know
A yawn is infectious,
A smile is contagious,
What will you spread today?
I’ve seen you run along the tracks of the District Line,
But I’m dwelling on exactly where you live this time.
You left the sunlight & the cats to find a place beneath the city;
And to think that I was satisfied taking the Mickey.
I used to think nurses were women,
I used to think police were men,
I used to think poets were boring,
Until I became one of them.
Caricatures with distorted features, exhausted and weak and trying to get home,
Cheeks to armpits, eyes down, no smiling, don’t make eye contact, stare at your phone.
But these are people, that kiss and weep and laugh dance at weekends,
Real people. Look again, allow yourself to see them.
Japanese student, Japanese student
Exotic and rare with your hair purple dyed
I saw you inspecting the second hand shop
I so wanted to capture your glittering eye
Oh Japanese student, Japanese student
Where did you get style like that?
And who would of thought that a gold fish bowl
Would have made such a perfect hat.
I saw a dead fish on the pavement & thought “WHAT did you expect?”
There’s no water here stupid, shoulda stayed where it was wet…
And all I can think about
is the river
that separates my house from yours.
We both work such long hours,
long as a toymakers lathe,
that these days
I only cross that river
at sunrise and sunset
Which is why I think
I am falling in love with it.
SHAKEN TO HEAT THIS LIFE IS RED
COOLS ORANGE DIPPED IN THE SEA
YELLOW THE THREAD HUNG FROM SUN
ON EVERYTHING LIVING IN GREEN
BLUE OCEANS CRACKED BY LAND
INDIGO WORLDS GLOW UNSEEN
SWEET VIOLET SONG MY CITY SKY
It’s the difference between patience and being able to wait
I don’t know what the end is but the journey is great
Shakespeare versus spiralling world obesity
or not tubby?
that is the question!
Chattering teeth as the cold breeze
hits her on the nape of her neck
her scarf blows back and forth
like a flag in a thunderstorm
and then all is calm as the morning sunrise
She stops, and she smiles.
Everytime I step on a discarded chicken bone,
how many other soles
have the same batter grease on them.
My shoe is earthed.
Connected by the electricity
Of collected footstomps
Shame no one thought to use a bin
I accelerate, I accelerate, I accelerate, I accelerate,
I accelerate, I –
Never hesitate, never meditate, never get up late
If I get a message on my Face-
Book, never let it wait, I accelerate,
I accelerate, I accelerate –
Measure days and nights
by the sweet end of a yawn
By handshakes, hugs and high fives
The fag ends, the last kiss of a cold pint.
Measure tomorrow with the knowledge
Today was preparation for the same
You’re a diamond bloke
This is how you polish
Words are pictures
they fly about
leaping from my mouth as i shout
they roll and writhe and slither
when talking with a whisper.
Words become rainbows,
they glow and sparkle
with my eyes lit up
talking through a smile.
Life is like a tube journey
Life is like a tube journey:
We merely board the train for a short while,
Travelling from station to station.
Knowing nothing of its origin or its final destination.
(this poem does not apply to people living in Morden)
He tried to think about the zoo,
the bird he’d seen with an anvil head,
slinking lizards in the reptile house.
It had been a good day.
But he remembered the panther enclosure
where he had waited for thirty minutes,
staring up at a dark hut hidden in trees.
Suppose there was no panther.
New Years Resolution #5
Kiss so your front teeth clash against each other’s. When hugging, make sure you crush all lungs. If asked why? Explain how pleasure is part of pain, then pull back and aim your hardest high five.
When I’ve had a week of 12am 3am 5am wakes
A new mum awake in a zombie like state
When you do go to sleep
And I need to sleep too
I spend another three hours just gazing at you
This conversation is missing your voice
Twilight patterns can be read by those who take note.
Greying clouds fuse with turquoise and orange
To become vast mosaics above our heads.
Motion is consistent,
Possibility made real.
They gain substance for one moment,
and they are lost.
I’m not looking for trouble,
Trouble always finds me
I recognise it coming-
And I don’t want to see it leave,
Are looking for attention?
Could take some company ?
Come into the blue with me.
The morning lurches slowly into focus
the winter trees are linocuts on blue
the slow train click-clacks yawning in from Essex
and London holds its breath and waits for you.
co.ordinate co.ntrasting co.lours
co.bble co.lossal co.nga co.ils
co.mpel co.rrupt co.rporations
co.nclude co.mpromised co.alitions
mirror fish, slippery, mercury quick
sharp as a blade, gone in a click
drawn by the heat, when two people meet
soon as you fall in love, they get fishy cold feet
look behind the mirror – theres no-one at all
whats behind a mirror? nothing but a brick wall!