“Mostly nonsense – zumpinequanger!”
Coax the words out from the pen
Slap and shake them out again
Splurging, surging, oozing out
Patterns form, some rhyme, some shout
Sometimes short, sometimes longer
Mostly nonsense – zumpinequanger!
Smothering all that’s on the plate
A verbal ketchup to placate
And mask the truth (that bitter pill)
With a poisonously addictive tale
by a sugar-coated quill.
Guest Poet – Kevin Stubbs
At the end of the garden,
In the outhouse bog,
Red-gold rays of the retreating sun
Crawl through the cracked and weathered window frame.
This old man will countenance no waste
On 3-ply, 2-ply or aloa-vera infused.
Rough-ripped squares of daily mail on a driven nail
Are all that he will use.
“Desperate for a final glimpse of the life,
eternity is poised to erase”
In death I stand
Beside a house
Lodged in the darkness
And press my face to a window
Seeing only silhouettes
I strike a futile blow against the pane
Desperate for a final glimpse of the life
Eternity is poised to erase
I turn to stare out towards my future
And contemplate what lies ahead,
Alone, in that dark silence
“A back-garden-walled no-man’s land…”
Away from the safety of my childhood home
Around the back of twitching curtains
Lay a strip of half-forgotten land
A back-garden-walled no-man’s land
Where bins, toppled,
Spewed their plastic intestines
Across a tarred and broken path.
Wild borders, long grass, nettles, weeds
Dead rats, dog crap, dark freedom
The place to dissect a long dead crow
Scoop shit on sticks and throw
Chalk a name, something profane, onto Mrs Walker’s wall
And darker still
A place to sip alcohol
Light a smoke, set fire to bins.