THE WRITERS POST
VOLUME 12 NUMBER 1
†††††††††† CHRISTOPHER BARNES
†††††††† three poems by CHRISTOPHER BARNES
†††††††††††††††† 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.
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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Copyright © 2009 Christopher Barnes.†
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