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Called you babe by accident

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How is this new?

Did I not know?

Was it not there?

Has it just grown?

Did I know you less?

I know you more now

My sweet brown-eyed boy

won’t you come and lie down

in these warm and wet sheets?

My magical boy

Give me my freedom

my body for joy

No need for money

my spirit is full

The bees have made honey

in the wild lion’s skull


I called you babe

by accident

Wary and scared

we began our ascent

Surprise! I got coy

with my sweet brown-eyed boy

Just thought it a game

Wouldn’t give it a name

We listened to Milk

in two separate rooms

and Mangum tore down

four walls and the roof

So scared of the crowd

Their hopes and their greed

Just want what’s inside

And all of your need



If I feed you tomatoes

no one’s to know

We’ll keep our God secret

and safe from the show

I won’t take it away

if you leave me alone

So don’t take it away

and we’ll let our God grow

Into something brand new

full of freedom and joy

and paeans and odes

to a girl and a boy

And birds flying high

tomatoes for two

streets to walk through

and rain on the roof



A thousand disclaimers later

I’ve fallen in love with you





◄ Biting the Bullet

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Ann Foxglove

Tue 19th Oct 2010 16:29

I enjoyed this poem too. I love the iddiocincrinicity(??) of it. It's kinda surreal, like the illustration. xx

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Laura Taylor

Mon 18th Oct 2010 09:21

Thanks for your comments banksy and Dave

banksy - nah, I wrote the original version of this back in March of this year, and it was something I said, in exactly that way. I do do that though, with phrases I hear around and about :)

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Dave Bradley

Fri 15th Oct 2010 23:14

I don't think I'll ever understand all of one of yours Laura but I like 'em all the same. Lovely images and intriguing teasers.

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Fri 15th Oct 2010 20:09

Hi Laura - really like this a lot.
BTW - pls excuse me if I'm wrong - but I heard that same phrase on a TV programme or film just the other night & I wondered if maybe you had drawn your inspiration from it like I often do(ie unusual phrases or mis-heard words etc) {called you babe by accident} ??
I'm intrigued. XX

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Laura Taylor

Fri 15th Oct 2010 16:33

Why thank you, steve - appreciated.

ray - don't make me chortle, you wouldn't like me when I chortle

A pig or a dog inDEED. Tsk.

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Ray Miller

Fri 15th Oct 2010 16:23

I should love to know what is about. That picture's not helping much. There's a lot to like about it, charming in many parts, but just downright confusing in others:
I won’t take it away

if you leave me alone

So don’t take it away

and we’ll let our God grow

I have variously thought it concerned a boy, a pig, a tomato plant, a dog.

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Laura Taylor

Fri 15th Oct 2010 13:37

Cheers Winston - am glad you enjoyed it :)

Have you heard that album at all? It's actually my favourite album, ever, and I speak as a lifetime music anorak who has never once been able to say for certain which album is my actual favourite (or even my top 20 favourites!) :D Well worth a listen or 50. Jeff Mangum's a genius, imo.

Anyhoo, it played a major role in this love story, and continues to do so :)

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winston plowes

Fri 15th Oct 2010 12:52

Hi Laura... Well what to make of this one? It is an unusual one with an unusual picture. A love story thats great for open and personal interpretation with its short often questioning lines. I really like it. There is a child like, nursery rhyme feel to the rhythm and reference to fantasy elememts of lions, honey and tomatoes etc but there is also a deeper more serious side and a big Aww to wrap things up. Wonderful. Win x
P.S. Aha - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea! :-)

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