Black Star

‘Do you think we’ll get another referendum, then?’

Something disrupts the song I’m listening to, a sixth sense, a feeling there are eyes on me. I turn around. Un-suction waxy earphones. He repeats his question.

‘Do you think we’ll get another referendum?’

He’s spilling out the bench and his crumpled white shirt. Comic banker rotundness stacked in folds beneath an old suit, topped with bowler hat.

‘I don’t know,’ I muse, ‘probably not any time soon.’ I’ve used this line before, it feels aged, but not like wine, not like whisky.

‘I reckon they’ll block it at every turn.’

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Higher Planes

There is a room in Peru,
a big, lofty renovated barn
type room. And in this room
three strangers are lying
cosy under forty blankets.

On a top bunk by the window –
a window with a view of inter-
galactic constellationary kitchen
lights – lies el Capo; he is still wearing his took, he likes the way it keeps his hair in place all night, so it never looks too haywire come morning.

El Capo stifles chortles
and gurns as two comedians
flood his ears with witticisms.

Below the giggler lies Don Quixote; he lies on his back because he believes it’s the best way
to rejuvenate his muscles,
and he likes to prove to himself
he’s adult enough not to need the foetal position.

Don Quixote has his eyes
clasped shut, a fat and
loveable grin on his face. His toes dance to ABBA swede-pop.

Then, across the airy chill of bunk to bunk No Man’s Land, lies
Mathilda Wormwood, she has recently clipped her toenails
and she tests their smoothness
on her ankles.

Mathilda Wormwood hasn’t distracted herself with podcasts or music. Instead, she watches the rough plastered ceiling twist shapes above her, and concludes that she does indeed believe in different planes of reality. She has decided to strive for those
higher than her.

Poems // Las Poesias


invisible valleys of my fingers
are martian red and dirty
black; choked with dust & oil.

the sunset washes them pretty
in the blue dusk, but
bent on grunge and defilement
i’m caught in golden rays
working dry tobacco
into their depths.

filterless, i push the rolly
between my lips and light
it with the last gasp of day –
burn my lungs as i pull,
trance-like in the presence
of volcanoes and giants. Continue reading “Poems // Las Poesias”

Listening to Miles Davis on a Bus in Argentina

He singles in on the gentle trickle of gin over ice cubes, and the hummingbird thrum of metal skimming glass as the bartender mixes a drink. He blocks everything else out until this tiny alcoholic waterfall is the only sound in the world. And then, beat by beat, and with controlled countenance, he lets the noises of the evening back in. Continue reading “Listening to Miles Davis on a Bus in Argentina”

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