Thursday, 14 January 2016

I am putting together a new manuscript and came across a poem I wrote when I was living in Iowa, just after the terrorist attacks in September 2001.  I don't think it will make it into the collection - the line breaks seem a bit clunky, and poems that need an explanation tend not to be good poems - but it seemed appropriate to the world we are living in now.

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OK, at chucking out time 
or after the parties,
but why now at six 
are there five yellow taxis 
lined beside the blue and white and red 
on silver of a Greyhound bus 
called Chicago?  The lack
of anything else to do?
The off-chance, a coffee, a ride one
day in ten; wait for San Francisco then
New York.  Like most of life no reason.

But I am walking back from where no hope is,
where there is nothing, no, least of all, names;
so for this scene, a surety
of colours, thanks.

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