Friday 9th December

161209

TOO MUCH SPACE IN THE CITY. WHAT’S WRONG?:

Sleeping Beauty’s riding trains,
In a necklace of fake diamonds,
Concealing her appeal in an old jumper,
The colour of pale Summer,
Nobody looks,

Messages are written,
On Pink paper
In Biro,
By girls who press their faces into corners,
Hold their heads in hands,
Shaking,
Whispering names,
Incantations,
Singing alone in crowds,
With low voices,
Like voodoo queens,

Singing in Russian,
Writing in English,
Pressing up against windows,
For something flat & hard,

Men glance,
Through stubbled faces,
Distracted,
Play,
Electric games,
With nimble thumbs,
Busy-busy,
On-the-go,
Numbing the pain,

“Never, never, never been”
Says a chocolate voice,
Obscured by a crowd,
Too many mouths,
Breathing too little air,

White wires,
Black wires,
Red & Black wires,
Everybody breathing each other’s breath,
Intimately pressed,
Against each other’s body,

Morning soap,
Warm perfume,
Tiny clicks of rhythms,
Buried in ears,
Curves,
Too close for comfort,
Evoking memories,

Squeeze in
Squeeze out,
Rip the headphones off a stranger,
Rushing to get somewhere,
Deadline,
Lifeline,
Do your make-up on trains,
Swathed in fake diamonds,
Eye-liner perfect,

The Piccadilly Line is a dog,
I’m going back to the Victoria Line,
She loves me better.

(K)

Thursday 8th December

161208

TRAINING:

Today,

Doors dance automatic,
In the belly of a train,

All heads down,
Tapping,
Reading,

No one sees it,
The machine animal,
Slide silently open,
Pause then close,

A kiss,
Of rubber lips,
The delicate lustre,
Of metal skin,
Silent comedy for the serious.

(K)

Wednesday 7th December

161207

FAIRY TRAIL:

Strokes the nose,
Strokes the lips,
Strokes the face,
Wrapped in Black,
Wool & wires for the season,

Sleeping Beauty is a cartoon cover,
Of a give-away magazine,

Prince Charming wears a suit,
A crumpled shirt,
A fat silver wrist watch & stubble,
Hair greased back,
Ponytail,

Reads paperbacks,
With Yellowed pages,

Sleeping Beauty is a cartoon cover,
Of a give-away magazine,

Little Red Riding Hood,
Is a healthcare assistant,
A security pass,
Slung around her neck,
On a Blue ribbon,

Makes a loose fist,
Plugs her ear with portable sound,

Reads paperbacks,
With Yellowed pages,

Sleeping Beauty is a cartoon cover,
Of a give-away magazine,

The Wicked Witch wears Lycra,
An expression of intent,
Clutching something hot,
In a paper cup,
Raised up like a beacon of Liberty,

Reads only bad news,
In the mourning papers,

Makes a loose fist,
Plugs her ear with portable sound,

Reads paperbacks,
With Yellowed pages,

Sleeping Beauty is a cartoon cover,
Of a give-away magazine,

(K)

Tuesday 6th December

161206

SLIPS BETWEEN DREAMERS:

A woman dressed as an Elf wanders alone through underground tunnels,
emanating violent transmissions from a walkie talkie strapped to her
belt. A crowd walks with her, neither acknowledging her trail of
noise nor the fact she’s dressed as an Elf. They walk in silence,
somnambulists, staring into futures, smelling of perfumed dust.
Then, this girl appears with bells on, a drifter, hands clasped
in wonder, never looking down, no one sees or hears her but me.

(K)

Monday 5th December

161205

DON’T LOOK DOWN:

Black pointy leather toe bliss,
Soft slip-on bliss,
Day-glow green lace bliss,
Brown beaten bliss,
Immaculate White bliss,
Little Pink bliss,
Black patent toe bliss,
Little Black bow bliss,
Suede bliss up to the knee,
Doctor bliss with easy rider sole,
Biscuit slip-on bliss,
Wild Yellow micro-mesh bliss from the future,
Blue lace bliss,
Shabby Blue bliss scuffed to bits,
Pointy lived-in Black leather bliss,
Patent Black Ugg bliss,
Ragged Black bliss,
Immaculate Red lace bliss,
Shiny Black boredom bliss,
Doctor bliss with the easy rider sole,
White tennis bliss,
Stack-heeled banged-up bliss,
Sequinned Black Ugg bliss,
Black leather buckle-strap bliss,
Brogue bliss,
Cartoon gingham bliss,
Basic Ugg bliss,
Miniature pirate bliss,
Beat-up working bliss,
Boring Black bliss,
Oily neither leather nor suede bliss in Brown,
Dirty pointy broguish bliss,
Square-tipped bliss,
Stylish skinny Brown lace bliss,
Dirty science fiction bliss from the future.

(K)

Sunday 4th December

161204

NOT BLACK:

You look sad, standing there in a new coat, wires in your ears,
holding on, shadows beneath the eyes. Too young, I thought at
first, to be so melancholy. Then you let go, left without
saying anything. No flicker, no light, no change of expression.
I hope you went somewhere great, to meet some one who made you
laugh & laugh all night. Strange, that you were the only one not
wearing Black.

(K)

Saturday 3rd December

161203

THE SOFTWARE IS OUT TO GET ME:

Ring road,
Ring road,
Hertford,
Dalston,
Hackney,

Ring Road,
The City,
West End,
Holborn,

One way,
Arrow,
Carwash,
American,
Open,

Days a week,
Maximum height,
Cashless parking,
55,

Hand wash & vacuum,
Jar full of sparkles,
Brutalist edifice
With a toothless grin,
Working for a cleaner borough,

Flashing,
Vaping,
Crazy face at the window,
Dressed as a playing card,

I am,
I am,
Very very difficult,
You’re a soft spot,
A black van with tinted windows,

The Jackson Five is playing,
To a girl with a fake diamond bracelet,
Exchanging numbers,
With a grinning boy.

(K)