Poems

 

25th October 1415

Bring me my bow of burning gold. it wasn't gold. It was just yew. And gut. Taut. Tight. Terrified. So many. So few. Bodkin. Sounds nice. Forged then...

A Sad Poem

Hate seeps from love like air from a tyre. Imperceptibly. For love and tyres, What's left is useless.

A Sixties Childhood

On a windswept Yorkshire hill The snowdrops fight daffodils, For space on a tiny terrace Caterpillars starve and butterflies wane In jam jars of...

At My Mother's Graveside

All the times she did, And all the times she didn't. Love comes in spurts, the Voidoid said, But when it's not spurting it's hurting. Visceral love...
Cherry

Be Happy! You're Free!

You clean the rich houses, Be happy! You’re free! You wipe shit from toilets. Be happy! You’re free! Your boiler is broken. Be happy. You’re free!...

Bed and Circuses

Last night my bed was full but I was lonely. Tonight my bed is empty, but I have no fear. Bring circuses to my bed! Elephants rearing! Acrobats...

Cynthia

No dear Cynthia, The black man will no longer bring our tea. And you may find it hard to love yourself Without superiority. Fear not dear Cynthia,...
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Dark and Silence

They didn’t want to die. They didn’t want to. They didn’t plan to. She was thirty two. He was five. The other She was three. The older She was a...

Death in the Colonies

Old men die in foreign beds with no last words to say. The women cry, Their time will come, tomorrow or today.

Fear of Accusation

When women lie, Men cry. I don't know why. Or do I? Penetrative sex is rape she said. I'm no rapist. They writhed with me for intimacy And I clawed...
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Friday Night

So we laugh at the sadness of yesterday Yet weep at the hope of tomorrow The evening which will not forgive us. The morning that might cut us slack...

Giant

Tell me I'm a poet and I'll kiss you on a Monday. We’ll wake up, make love, go to town, we know we’ll have a fun day. Tell me that you love me and I'...

Hope

Tomorrow is a land whose parents are memories. Of closed Sunday shops, and drizzle on slate. And when we felt bad for not going to church. And...

I Know You...

She tugs hard on her leggings. It pleases her to please me. Her chin dips imperceptibly as she turns to look at me. Like a novelty nodding dog on the...

In Vino Veritas

The drip of wine belays the truth, That sober never says. Of hate and fear and endless tears. And prayers for those who live. So leave me, as I lie...

Let Me Lie Lonely...

Let me lie lonely not seeking poor solace In tangled limbs and loveless lips. I have no desire for mind-less bodies. Sex - a chimera without the...
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Love Poem

I loved her already, stepping off the plane. I came, saw, conquered. She came more. Love and lust, intoxicant flame! Please be my love, please be my...
Gold cherry

Manhatten

Come to me October, With your dawn mists and low, heavy boughs. I will thrill to your chill. I will sing at your silence. And when November's icy...

Musings Regarding An Imminent Consummation

How will you feel my flesh when I feel yours? My hard mouth is not your sweet lip. My rough hand is not your silk-soft breast. Violating, my harsh...

My Brexit Poem

Bring me wine and whisky I will weep for our salvation. And piss my fury on the bleaching bones of a once great broken nation. I won't take the...
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Nonsense Poem

We’re gamboling to Jupiter We'll stop for tea on Mars We might go on to Uranus If we don’t think it’s too far. We'll roll around in Rimini And dance...
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Not Rats

When you wake in the night it’s the not-rats that bother. The noise they don’t make and the not-chew of shoes. When they don’t bite your larynx, Or...

Not Today

I love her but I dare not say, I cannot let my words betray my feelings. Not yet. Not today. For I'm not free, and nor is she, Can't kiss in public...

Now and Then.....

Before you came I ate fillet steak, And looked out of my window, And wondered... Who, what, why.....? Now I feast on dry bread and water. Water...of...

October

I would picture myself on my final bed. Reflecting. The nurses would be kind, the morphine warming. And I'd console myself. After all, my Darwinian...

On Platform Two of Basingstoke Station One Night in October

Trains, on a Saturday night. They thunder in. Pause for a while. They thunder out. They carry the lost and the loveless. Through the black dark to a...
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Parenthood

So kiss your daughter And hug your son, Till the night takes your reason And the love burns your bones. They laugh at you now, For a while they still...
Cherry

Poem Written On A Plane Over The Atlantic Attempting To Justify A Life Of Debauchery

But surely now my wings must melt. I’m flying so near the sun. But the victims of sobriety Have not run as I have run. I have no right to judge of...

Quietly

Quietly drinking, quietly thinking. Quietly wishing white men to stop hating. Quietly laying in her empty space. Quietly thinking about her face...

Release

In a prison of my own making, Yours was the voice whispering at the door. Door cracks, the light shining in. Blinding at first. It dawned on me that...

Rivulets

Tremors are fancy. Earthquakes are love. Mountains make claims. Nobody cares. Rivulets tempt gauche lovers to drink from unspoiled pools. Drink...

Sailing

You must sail, they said, you must sail. Across the salt grey sea that surrounds our island home. so I went to sea in '76. A shy and nervous deckhand...

Sit With Me Quietly

Sit with me quietly, just for an hour. Search my face as you hold my hand. Speak with me of our hopes and dreams. Remind me of our future plans. Will...

Small Bedrooms

Did I love you yesterday? Will I love you tomorrow? You were the same as you will be. Strands of darkness will still strafe your face. And your...

Sometimes

Sometimes I need words. Sometimes I need touch. Sometimes I need both. I need so much.

Summat or Nowt

Speak to me softly, like April rain. Remind me that winter goes again. Ruffle my hair, I’m your favourite dog. Pat me and stroke me, I’m craving your...

The Waiting

A private kingdom of six by four. Bedroom, refuge, library, prison cell. An only boy lost in books from a suitcase. A lonely boy, a fantastical world...

Weep Till Forever

Weep till forever, morning won't come. Long for the closeness that only she brings. You thought that you had her held tight in your arms But she...

When It Comes

Lie with me. Not now For now the New must breath the Old world's air, And sing the children’s songs. But when it comes. Lie with me. In England’s...
Cherry

ZANZIBAR

The anchor is hauled but the ports still remembered. The spice-lemon salads of Zanzibar town, And charcoal-melt lamb in Old Agadir. Farewell the...
Cherry

My (Re-Posted) Brexit Poem

Bring me wine and whisky And I'll weep for our salvation And piss my fury on the bleaching bones of a once great broken nation. I won't take the...

Absence of Self

Abscence of self. Knowing, not knowing what I am. I lived, did I? In this world of tears. Curse the mother’s lonely egg, The father’s anxious sperm...

The Journey Home

A girl in a stained checked shirt, Ran through fields and fell in the dirt, And dreamt of love to come. A boy in a grammar school tie, Was shocked...
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The Sins of the Fathers

Quiet nights. Quiet frights. Quiet chimes. Quiet crimes.

Blossom and Steel

Cherry blossom on a stem of steel. An iron heart pumps fearless blood. The world is not her master. Till the bedroom door closes. And slants of...

Raindrops

Talk to me then, of raindrops. The ones that lay whole on your face. And wash away guilt and nourish the soul. They say. But they don’t. The rain of...
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The Sixty Year Search

You still burn bright. As I fight the cruel light which taunts me with fading. We must find where to dance, My Love. A dancehall, Where every tune's...
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On An Imminent Death

We do not picture the empty seat. We do not plan our loss. We lie to ourselves that nothing will change. Of the man, the bull, the boss. The biggest...
Cherry

Eulogies

I stood by her grave a s the casket was lowered. A shame that h er friends had commitments. I hardly knew her. "Good morning" as we passed. And two...

Welcome Decay

I can never know the stakes to which you were tethered. Or how I can loose the straps. You can never know the anchors of my childhood. That drag me...

Waking At 6.00am On A July Morning

The treacherous dawn rose silently to steal my stupor, Through cracks in curtains hurriedly drawn last night. A single skylark repeating lovesongs...
Cherry

I Wish, I'm Sorry....

So I drank the thin gruel of rejection. Disguised under armour of love. It tastes of cold vomit, cold tit milk begrudged. Don’t preach to me now of a...

The Ballad of Laura Middleton

And then there’s Laura Middleton Of beauty unsurpassed. Who taught me how to breathe again When they said I’d breathed my last. And taught me I could...
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Trying To Move On

"Will you look at her picture?" "I have, I’m a man." "Will you gasp at her beauty?" "I can’t, I’m a son." "Do you love Leeds United?" "You cursed me...

The Festival

In Spain they have festivals. The sun is fierce as the oranges ripen. And senoritas dance, Flashing coy glances at him, or is it him? No one can know...

Fragile Armour

I come to you in fragile armour, A hasty glance can pierce. I come to share your life and drama, And gently dry your tears. And stand the fool for...
Cherry

An Unlove Song to My Country

Greener than reality could be. Aching vistas I’ve seen today, Again. I have no words For your green majesty But you lied to me, You lied to me. I don...

Stumbling

Wander. Wonder. Aimlessly. Drift. It's OK. You can. We all do. And nobody gets hurt. The loveless walk freely through the forest. Only the lucky ones...

November Now

November now. Dark now. And always will be. April will withhold her light. We’ll hope but she will scorn our pleading. May will laugh at our writhing...

Hope

What did you hope for when hope was an option? Even the colour blind see blue bright sky. Through apple blossom white, and the green. An only love? A...

Be Quiet

Be quiet. Lay quiet. When all is done. Her face is still the same. This morning’s kettle boiled without her. I must be alive. Be quiet. Lay quiet...
Cherry

Fall. Out.

Letters from nowhere fall soft on the sill. And yesterday's anger subsides, as it will. Healing is slow, but surely will come. And we hope we'll be...
Cherry

The Day Before Christmas

I’d like to have sex Tonight, but I won’t. I’ll watch trash tv Exhausted, alone. But I will sleep warm. Don’t cry at self pity. My belly is full. Don...

The Day Will Come

The day will come When life has gone. Then love will claim dominium. As I search through the stars, I'll know where you are. And find you. Eternal...

A Lament for How It Was Meant To Be

They lied to me. In 1967. They lied then. They lie more now. The doctor visits the 10 year-old in his squalid bedroom. She strokes my throat gently...
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Cherry

Small Hours

Welcome the quiet hours after midnight. One. Two. Three. Laptop. Tablet. Phone. Turned off. A chance to think before dreams distort. A single man of...

I Give Up

Paint the door white. The cross will come later. Huddle and scuttle and hope for the best. Pull up your blanket then look in their eyes. The old are...

Before You Sleep

Before you sleep tonight Think of the others. They need not think of you. They lie in pits, grateful now, In their shared but silent space. And...
Cherry

Clumsy Love

Best not speak today. Both fragile. In bed on different continents. The glass is five days old, unwashed. The body so much older. The love took sixty...
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Love Is A Tender Wound

Love is a tender wound. Always vulnerable. Always scared. Pity the man then That begs she look his way. Pity the girl Who coyly glances With dreams...
Cherry

Defiance - 2

Everything changes when I see her face. Defiance needs no lipstick. Defiance is in her soul. The silver hairs that I deny Are there. And strangely...
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Soft Landing Rain

The sound of the wind is fretful and scary. The soft landing rain lies, Uncomfortable. It will be gone. So soon. As will we all. I wish I’d never met...

Watching Julia Napping In The Late Afternoon

When will she wake again? Not yet I hope. Except for a tick, a tremble, a sigh. For I like to watch the slats of ever softer light Edge up her body...

Tread Where?

Tread softly? Tread where? What stepping stones can take me from this hell? Governments should love. Did no one tell them? I swear I will take my...

Tragedium

Spin a man and laugh at his death. He tried to be good but he lost. He went to his grave with his love for a girl. He found out to his cost. She...

Five Thousand Miles to Texas

There’s only one girl I will ever love. Hear gears crunching in reverse. Look around at the blondes and ravens. They aren’t her. She taught me how to...

Five Thousand Miles To Texas - 2

I’ll book the cab the day before. Eighty quid to Heathrow. A couple of pints before boarding. The day that I see her again. Ten hours direct to...
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Missing

The vastness of the morning Is a hill I cannot climb. I send the signals, ask for help. The billions don't reply. I have my health and have my wealth...