Poetry Blog by Steven Waling

GHOST TRAINS ON THE MIDDLEWOOD WAY

GHOST TRAINS ON THE MIDDLEWOOD WAY                                                   

 

 

the boundaries of          yakkity yak       

yakkity yak        yakkity yak        cities

 

ripped outlines      in the pub railway geeks

yakkity yak        a moment of insanity      yakkity

yak       umbelliferare umbrella lost platforms

 

yakkity      find yourself yakkity   ...

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FRONT ROOMS: AS ESSAY

 

This is where she keeps her objet d’art

glass cabinet at the back of her head

 

            nowhere to display them

 

I’m a front room, Christmas, 50’s. 60’s

maybe into the 70’s and I ask

what was the front room for?

                                           Standard

English clipped tones and a mother not

unlike my own through china eyes of an owl

...

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Last poem of the year

Prayer Text

PRAYER TEXT

 

 

U awake? We’ve had some

problems say prayers will u

with your account I feel

 

so bad can you make it

We’ve just added your Come

4 lunch See u I just don’t

 

kno how tonite I’m going to

say prayers will u running

ok to carry on Hang in there

 

I don’t even kno U awake?

how to pray Still don’t kno

can you find ou...

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Breakfast Roll

wake to a new

                                                            tsunami

                        out of

                                                wholewheat flakes

                                    towers fall

                                                buy bread

                        a bomb

                                    milk

        ...

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No Call for It

NO CALL FOR IT

 

 

not much call for

Bismarck and the Entente Cordiale

in these parts I suggest

the Civil Service Exams

 

small feet run in my family really

for reference only do you own

a suit solid ladder to a pension

one day these facts won’t

 

need you the assassination of Franz

Ferdinand by the Black Hand Gang led

through various...

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The Word No Is A Long Sentence

for Conscientious Objectors’ Day

 

 

‘Ez for war I calls it murder

put under close arrest entered

this place for the word No

is a long sentence six months

hard labour dark as the night

 

that covers me Did not wear khaki

until forced refusing to be made

into a soldier dragged to the French

coast to make example of Owe

no man anything ente...

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Surfaces May Be Slippery

 

This poem was recently published in Manhattan Poetry Review :

 

Due to inclement syntax

it seemed we were in the Far North

the next station is Isengaard (sic.)

 

            Fafnir and Thor skate eyes

            over  snowblind streets

            stationary with cars

 

a group of bleak and morbid etchings

there’s only so many ways to say white...

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Incident Tape

completely horse a mounted officer

by the home of the beer and burger

 

POLICE LINE DO NOT CROSS

cordoned sun and church bells

 

haptic air

 

me officer     I was at home

with a nice little anecdote

and a Cabernet Sauvignon

about growing up

 

            ‘can you prove that

            let’s get bungalowed

            outside...

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