Tuesday, 17 October 2017

TWO DOORS DOWN



the ambulance came
for
the
man
two doors down

one of those ambulances
thats just a car
with lights and yellow on

and the blues were flashing
and i heard them coming
but once out the car
they seemed to be
in
no
rush
at all

the man two doors down
got prostate cancer
got bone cancer

but
hes
only
taken
away
for an infected knee

cos hes tough as a dozen old boots

and theyll let him out 
when he can walk again
and i hope to see him again
going for his paper 8 AM

~

i see his son in the street

he now lives where 
they filmed heartbeat
he says

i been 24 yrs in the army
he says
maybe 4 or 5 times

n ireland
FN FALs at dawn
under end terrace murals
jammed inside the empires folly

then hazmat training
bomb disposal

demobbed in yorkshire
straight back in 
as an instructor

abroad again
as
an
independent contractor 

but can he talk
his mum and dad
into
accepting
a
twice daily council care plan ?

can he bunnies 

theyre from 1928
might as well be mars

or the hebrides




Image result for fn fa n ireland

n ireland from pinterest

Monday, 16 October 2017

THREE POPS ON CREATIVITY



1. COST OF LIVING

and the pills keep the walls up

indian-giver 
peacekeepers
monitor me
like
i
am
a walking civil war

their direct debit paid up daily
over a hot coffee breakfast

and
before
i
wonder
why
i
need
walls at all

they got me sat down again
writing

anything and nothing
sometimes an almost something

d
o
w
n

inside the glass
for the ether


POOR ARTLESS

i must leave the earth scorching
to
the
all
the
locked down artless unpainting
and
careering
thru
their
careers

tied tight with function creep
their
luncheon meat
reformed 
on government rye

and i suspect
with a pity 
thats big of me

thats theres just not enough easels 

set up
in the MOD



QUALIFICATION


and well yes hitler did paint roses

but not well

or
ANYWHERE
near
often
enough

his writing was bad too

just
cant
do
anything
with
some people

can you ?



Image result for soldier at an easel

old soldier assemblage structure 
by tree pruitt
from artist-tree.blogspot.co.uk

Sunday, 15 October 2017

HOW IT HAPPENS 2



WHAT HELPS IT HAPPENS



WHAT HELPS IT CONTINUE TO HAPPEN



WHAT I LOOK AT AFTER IT HAPPENS



MY MIND AFTER IT HAPPENS



MY REWARD FOR IT HAPPENING


HOW IT HAPPENS




WHAT HAPPENS



WHEN IT HAPPENS



WHERE IT HAPPENS



WHERE IT HAPPENS 2



WHAT HELPS IT HAPPEN



WHO WATCHES IT HAPPEN



Friday, 13 October 2017

HOME TOWN POPS



1. SEA CHEST

gran had her ghost story

her apparition
at the end of the bed

a woman
hovering
on
grandpas sea chest

she
only
aired
it
once or twice

and i was sceptical
cos me id talk about it all the time

and anyway 
i was more interested
in the sea chest

in my childs mind
there was d day in there
dunkirk
u boats
sharks off the n african coast

and a liberated pistol
i could smuggle home




2. SMALL TOWN

small town
shut cinema
was pool
is now bingo

evacuated farm buildings
sit in the scraps

the waterworks so thoroughly vandalised
they
shut
them
down

conrad lived here for 20 minutes
pepys hung out in the worlds end
revolting peasants
lit the marsh beacons

the queen mother
came to visit all the oil
shook my pas hand

and the school fire
well the police asked me about that
art class 1985
when i was drawing a man
with flames for a beard

still theres forest

silent woods
rolling uphill

you could be an animal there

and if you squint
from up top
you can see
londons jigsaw skyline

like a grey 
5B smudge

pocked with fragmented pencil lead



3. CATS

we saw five cats
just out walking 
round the crescent
under a 5pm drama sky

we said hi to one
rubbed his neck
he sat on the kerbstone
where old uncle bulgaria 
used to potter
in his steptoe yard

one was in a bungalow window
next door to where 
that tv lady grew up
she added a 'van' to her common name
and 
left 
for the green rooms 
and the silver lights

he watched us like a border guard

one played in a cardboard mountain
left over from flatpacks
piled out by the wheelie bins

one was spread out on front garden cement
like he fell out the sky
landed by plants looked like froth
and a window dog
behind him 
was barking in double glazed silence

another one strolled by
like some victorian 
perambulating 
taking the air
before aperitifs

and
back home
theres ours

still on the same pillow
no intention of moving
till
his
food and shit and shot 8.30 pm

and i thought 
where were the people
in this fuckburg town?

can hear them plenty enough at night 
thats for sure

sounds like the monaco F1
or the isle of wight TT
sometimes

its oxford freaking circus out there
when 
we
are 
not looking




Image result for ww2 german pistol

SOE pistol, welrod, from ww2nation.com