Tag: language

Migrants – 4th July

That Americanism
of Autumn to Fall
came with Sussex
men and women
who landed on a slip
of their new world

Now another conceit
rewritten as Americana
but stolen old English

Their cast wide seeds
were sent to feed
future revolutionaries
and land thieves . . .

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War Poets

Paul Verlaine's Chanson d'automne
was coded - still popular poetry -
to give notice -

his long sobs of French-sung violins
declared an Allied invasion
to those listening

Whilst she never understood speeches
of love - and our common
mistakes -

I would rarely read to her - she rarely read . . .

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Such Dug Up Stuff

I could bite on Mr Heaney's
lust-sight of her

of lost flesh

of navvy-dug amber nipples

under hard-weighed stones
over her cracked oak-bones

which are not
my spoken words

Language is not my tight weave
of Sussex-ness

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14th February 2019

Held by a red signal in south London -
in a balloon of wifi - of library silence -
this being a price-hiked compartment -
a restricted remnant of empire days
still served up by rail franchisees

as our ticket collector mis-quotes WS -
Juliet's soft words as cuffed banter
towards serving . . .

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