THE WRITERS POST

(ISSN: 1527-5467)
the magazine of Literature & Literature-in-translation.

VOLUME 12 NUMBER 1

JAN 2010

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†††††††††† CHRISTOPHER BARNES

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†††††††† three poems by CHRISTOPHER BARNES

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†††††††††††††††† Poem for Fatherís Day

  

Without letup Iím petulant

At not for the life of me cremating my parents.

A warming lie-in-wait with tongs,

Would have saved me.

No ticklish squeeze

Real coal fires

To stoke the house down,

In the future of being four.

By the havoc of eight

Their salt rubbing was a grasping ulcer.

 

This good-effect blond is still heart-black.

Smoulder cigarette.

A soured crackle haunts the room.

 

 

†††††††††† The Recyclers

Boys heavy-eyed on the hay,

budging, spring - they'll step

to the ladder of morning,

warily cold-shouldering the doorposts,

stretching from their nest

- a discarded Coke can -

to swim the hours till noon.

Against fun-loving wind

is the punched out way in.

Fizzy sunlight rims factory-built aluminium.

Tube-vault grey fits to the decking,

a dross of patted hay.

Distant, a whistle of rivers

flat-out to piers.

 

 

†††††††††† The Screenager And The Groover

His life is a campus novel, a legend

in passed time.He mellows his beard,

dustball feet in hippy flip-flops

and does not catch the drift

of his one ostensible son.

Offshot Zachary's wordy

way beyond jive,

pronounces old man tree hugger, whose nosh-ups

are frankenfood.A brewpub dodderer,

a pilot without jumpstation.

A dainty palate of bytes, chips

and cursers are cakes and ale for Zach.

Getting wired is sternly off-message.

But there's a Mexican chorus,

(something 'bout Boogaloo)

he reminisces, a lullaby from the cradle.

It's been intensifying like new,

in meatspace, between the ears, it tickles

now and then waiting to connect.

 

CHRISTOPHER BARNES, UK

 

 

 

The Writers Post
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VOLUME 12 ISSUE 1 JAN 2010

 

Copyright © 2009 Christopher Barnes.

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