Monday, 10 January 2022

postmodernhaikuseries

 


class plan on haiku 

out the window

halfsixdark

 

the nip of thecigarette

plays hell with thestructure

 

crashing ideas

postmodern quill

electric onheater

 

getting over a new year’s

syllablemyth

john says is very diffic

 

why kneel the

tasteof rain?

puton yer karowacs

 

the sound of the frog

basho jumps in

the oldpond

 

januarywind bothers

a thinningbird

the bitterpool of ideas

 

the artschool wintershows

a row of popart picassos

 

fuck yer baretrees and fallenleaves

this series contains

all you’ll need

 

onscreen seeing your ownbreath

qualifies its own poetdeath

 

 


Monday, 3 January 2022

ode to the carhorn




ode to the carhorn

 

what skittish mess you cause

what british sense of politeness

you crush beneath your paws

 

of rudeboy heightness expecting

applause or a fight, day in, day out

to the depths of night, your rakish

 

presence feels like a keen bairn at

christmas, robbing the sense of

expection of a still-lake-ish calm

 

for your barmy driven down little lane

thinking’s just, sinking your teeth into

that little gap while the good folk nap.

 

the sirens, agreed, bare square a

response time understanding that

lacks in your hooter time-lapse blast.

 

for all the world’s an ass in your eyes

pluralised when frustating through

the day to days’ glittering prize

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

of yards, mere yards are your kingdom

but sing them you will through

shrill and unexpected yet

 

entirely predictable vents of spleen

unseen by the resident eyes

cutting trees and pulling up bikes

 

by the dozen unseemly low tone

notes from your trumpet of arrogance

your flute of unbearable shalowness

 

in a game of tiny gains, your sky team

tour-de-france mentality may frame

this petty victory as some kind of podium

 

spot by an angel in lipstick with tulips

and prize money and a change of jersey

where two lips supply a tattoo of red that

 

says both look at me and I’ve got what

you’ve not on the champs-ellisse of life,

an extra five minutes to peruse some

 

supermarket tripe.

 


Saturday, 1 January 2022

cat 'erd



the rock to which I'm wed / left politics is

all northerners unanimous / on what

to call / those rolls of bread 


Tuesday, 28 December 2021

Cinquain at Shelly's



losses

tinsel title 

each of us complicit 

in seasoned pacts of forgetting 

profits

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Thursday, 16 December 2021

For Life


SOLIDARITY 

               ON MY BOAT

      SINK

                RACISM 


Monday, 29 November 2021

The Home Secretary puts Forty Quid on her Boat Race

 


Lend us ten grand? 

I can go, live a country that hates me. 

It's definitely better than here. 

If I don't eat owt, 

or die on the way, 

I can pay you back in five year.