We’d race to get the telephone –
stating our number as rote taught –
our mother in her poshest voice
but rough for sister talk
Relative news transmissions –
but not intended to be heard –
I knew nothing of kindred facts
’til I stole truth from her words
We were ignorant between acts –
maybe flattening an irksome book –
we’d stare through the yellowed nets
whilst half-tuned to loosened talk
We tugged at the reluctant drawers
where our history was lost and found –
there tucked between old table mats –
sepia smiles were loosely bound
News bulletins marked the hours
or were shoved through the letterbox –
that narrow window on the world –
ink fears of the Eastern bloc
Ignorance was a short-lived bliss
in those disconnected times –
no algorithms on our wrists
to redress the truths and lies
tossers in suits,
groomed to an inch
of their Tory blue roots.
A lanyard, a sneer,
to let them in,
so the conference starts
and cock-sucking begins:
Motions are raised
in the near-empty hall,
as the screens are filled
by the faces of fools.
They bay for Boris,
pray to lose May,
pull knives out for Gove,
but no big beasts today.
They’ll ship in the blue rinses
on a new battle bus
this one will read:
‘You plebs are now fucked’.
Trained by the press
to slur ‘Socialist’,
Continue reading “Slurred”
These words will not be my sick complaint,
not my dull litany of low-dulled pains –
neither bellows of my half-swallowed fears,
no sandman damming floods of tears:
Instead, I will lift prizes that others miss,
those wasted seconds which they dismiss.
This is my crime spree, my timely dance,
I snatch, a poacher, trapping every chance.
Join me, in theft, even you, the still-fixed,
let us steal time before no time exists.
Please hold the torch high, it shakes in my grip,
aim the weak beam at that prize which I seek.
See there, in the shadows, a life’s remains,
a lost loot of time – which is mine to gain.
I will take such disposals, all so discarded,
and burn it with verse, now herein, recorded.
These words are the ticks of my observed tongue,
all that remains of our days that have run:
I reduce the weight of my loathsome disease
by stealing the life that others leave.
pressed, but no more
of any seal
of lift-shut avoidance,
now switched off,
Plus the kerbside bright lights,
there to be poked,
under the Bill of Rights,
but now, not working,
not as useful,
one more gullible
A stream of migrants,
a flood of immigrants,
a stride of itinerants,
a slip of transients,
a confusion of foreigners,
a wave of incomers,
a steal of vagrants,
a thrust of aliens,
a landing of outlanders,
a gust of drifters,
a surge of unknowns,
a trespass of expatriates.
As youth we spoke
against political fear,
now in our dotage we only
A petition easier
thus avoid confrontation,
except in tweets.
dear Saudi friends
are trashing Yemen:
The city of Sana’a
is crumbling again:
and blast of tremors:
‘The Saudis are
fighting Houthi rebels’,
in support of
we help blast them,
across schools, homes,
and pock-marked parks:
Only the UN cries out
at such Saudi-led-larks.