The Busker

'He's more rapist than harpist',
I joke as we approach.
We calculate the etiquette,
Of rewarding each wrong note,

I crack, and throw some shrapnel in his case.
The music stops, he lifts his face.
One useless eye,
Poking like a sea scarred stone on ravaged beach,
But ears that figure in a flash,
The sound of seventeen pence,


◄ She Put the \\'Tog\\' in Together

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Rachel Bond

Wed 24th Feb 2010 12:00

another good piece. Personally i always give to buskers as if theyre good they give life to the street..and some poor buggers are just hopeless at everything...but at least theyre trying. I'd have given him a fiver for a show of his bad ever seen the film 'big fish'? you never know when you might see deep into the witches eye and see yourself a poor man with only 17p to spare when its time to die.
great poem tho..loved it.

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Mia Darlone

Mon 22nd Feb 2010 23:01

Thank you for your generous comment on my blog, it was another therapeutic rant so the fact people liked it is a nice topping.

I really like this, though I agree with Gus - 17 pence?!

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Antony Owen

Sun 14th Feb 2010 14:15

I'm really encouraged that someone is writing good urban poems and paying homage to our buskers. As a white collar worker I used to hear the symphony of subways and those brave enough to stick two fingers up to society not particularly having a direction but knowing the commercial option was a bad one. I remember a grizzled old boy playing a violin with needle marks through his arm that later I found out once made Daimler's. It inspired me to pen several poems on buskers so was delighted to read this well written poem on a similar experience.

A warm and accessible poem where i cared about the 2 different characters.

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neil gardiner

Mon 18th Jan 2010 15:58

Hi John. Ta for the comments. Can't believe you can convey so much in a poem of 60 words. Nice one man.

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Anthony Emmerson

Sun 20th Dec 2009 12:41

Hi John,

This is (for me) dripping with succinct cynicism and the ingrained human trait of judging by first appearances. I'd like to see you write another - from the busker's point of view. Nice one.


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Fri 18th Dec 2009 18:10

Through the back door indeed Cynthia - I think we are all getting 'softer' round Christmas, judging by your other comments. You don't need me to tell you this is a gem, John. I love the sharp image of the eye 'poking like a sea scarred stone on a ravaged beach'. Beyond that I like it for its quirkiness - the fact that you can make a poem out of a little encounter and do it in so few lines. I think we've all been there wondering do I , don't I - particularly on the underground where you have the whole length of an esculator to ponder it! I am also reminded of that wonderful comedy programme Trigger Happy - have belly laughed at many a sketch on there - I remember a funny one on a particularly tuneless Sax player. BTW, 17p isn't much, but if every passer by gave it you, it would soon mount up.

darren thomas

Thu 17th Dec 2009 09:35

I like this - and any man who 'coughs' to throwing 17p into a Busker's receptacle (is that legal) shall be offered my sincere hand.

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Wed 16th Dec 2009 21:16

I'm a bit of a soft touch when i hear music of the buskers. Some of them are genuinely homeless.

Threw some cash yesterday. At least he had the good grace to say thankyou which is more than can be said for a lot of other folk i give my hard earned cash to in return for goods.

Rant over.... carry on as if i weren't here. Just passing through anyway. ha ha.


ps. love the poem. very topical for this time of year.

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Greg Freeman

Wed 16th Dec 2009 16:51

Brilliant! "We calculate the etiquette, of rewarding each wrong note". Really effective rhyme and assonance, great structure, pithy and witty.

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John Darwin

Wed 16th Dec 2009 16:47

Nice one Aikers :-). I like muchly

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 16th Dec 2009 16:25

Mr Aikman, what a Christmas coup! It is a gem of 'brotherhood' through the back door.

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Gus Jonsson

Wed 16th Dec 2009 16:25


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