you're planning to jump out a
pick a low one; if you're planning
in front of a bus pick
one. If you're planning to jump
river pick a dry one; if you're planning
off a bridge don't
high one. If you're planning to open
pick a Please don't continue this,
said, it's alarming and tasteless and it's
poetry. But it's about survival, I said,
blew a smoke ring at me and my head
although she had given up
and I had also given up smoking
smoking can seriously damage
things you bought. And it's not
survival, she said, at all. It was
point I realized I didn't want to
serious conversation with
so I went and got myself a Danish
here is where I say Pastry or Girlfriend
don't know which one's the one.
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tree and its mischievous offspring,
Little sapling. (11) My misshapen destiny.
Broken manhole covers as an excuse for
(15) They've stolen the rocks from
landscaped garden. And also
washing lines. (19) A neighbour
up and down the street and she thinks
all big. (22) There is a mountain.
Airport full of scary people.
Immigration is at the door in their dark suits
frowns. (34) I know you told me “try to relax”.
Deaf people who can't hear
say. (37) A wakefulness
me as strange.
The memory of a poodle I bought
years ago. (41) Babble amidst
quiet. (43) Somebody kicking the house.
Asylum seekers cleaning car windows.
cow looking for the fire station
disconcerting. (49) The ice cream van, and how
music means he's run out of ice cream.
The vicar. (52)You may fall in impossible love.
is as vital a critical reaction
over. Equanimity: perhaps the meaning should
clarified before I go on. This morning Ivy
sill is looking more dark-edged, Rose
the table is past her best but they are both
always will be beautiful girls. The flags
kitchen are softening with age; with age
with flags may one begin to establish
If I knew what I was muttering about
expect you to answer the question
it's okay: continue to smoke your bonfire
will continue to bring you twigs
around your thing in place of my arms.
upon a time I just couldn't get enough of
now I have had more than enough of you;
get it? The gift of plain speaking comes
goes as does the courage of my convictions,
in my abilities, strength of purpose
what is this? Oh, Lily is drooping in
drawing room and in its cage a little bird --
is looking pretty kind of disinterested
these on-goings. There are issues here
answers; it is okay to say that; I don't care
don't like me any more; it's an opinion;
outlook from the window is undulating
of the hills. I am not sure anyone can
what they don't do for me and mean:
Is there a God of Flowers? A God of Love?
there any way in which an ordinary person with
intentions can just be untroubled and whelmed?
my waters suddenly broke
day I encountered identity
for the first time. Also I forgot
meaning of quiddity and fell
ladder to Heaven, bruised
Laughter is or can be cheap.
believed in the colour of trees
lies couldn't be there, now
is only the white of geese
black of beasts. Perhaps,
the wardrobe, I am not an armchair
all. Then he went and learned
play blues harmonica
he likened to walking towards
Actually it was more like
at a faucet to admire
flow of water while I collapsed
by the rain of all summer.
awaken I will let you know.
you, by the way, for the car
into my drive by those
newly arrived from the Bank;
sorry not to have locked away
dog. Usually nothing happens
not even silence or its opposite,
Only the morning sky
beautiful today: there is
of the intangible girlish
about it. And an old gentleman's
a bench. It isn't me. It's me
remains in the world like a ghost
politely as if still wanting
liked. It's me who goes out
follow myself to make sure
do anything silly. And I won't
home drunk as a skunk, not to
Oh look, a canoe has fallen
roof of that car. Oh look
is even more to see over there
is in the moon's profile.