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NaPoWriMo 2.21: Low Angle – a ‘New York’ poem…?

The ‘New York’ poem certainly made a long list of demands. To the extent that my poem came out something of a lewd scrap-book of overheard things or conversation snippets, with only a vague thread connecting them, that I could glean.

Maybe that’s how New York would want it: rude and random. I’m not sure – but here it is, anyway:

Low Angle

Monday 21st April, 17.59.

‘The moon is waning gibbous.

There is no interesting historical fact for today.’

Your Suzuki engine is stuck in slow reverse

while you systematically, starting at A,

one-way sext your contacts.

Jonny Cash rumbles on, dead: ‘I hung my head,

I hung my head, I hurt myself’. A one track mind

one minute, ‘We’ll meet again’  the next. Fuck you,

Japan, I trusted you and your consumer

electronics. A shipwreck sinks through

your window.

The rain migraines rhythmically

on that sensitive skin. ‘To be a cosmic tree,

you’re going to have to put down roots first.’

You’re thinking up the worst slap-you-in-the-face lines

you can: ‘Would you like to stick your finger

in my Whoopie Pie?’ Every cosmic green

of spring has a corresponding fag-butt

autumn brown, built-in.

You’d need at least a terabyte hard drive to store

those low-angle selfies. ‘He took me to Nando’s

and made me pay, then said he’d missed the last train.’

You walk home, tip-toe-ing over snails, those land-mines

with a shell full of slop. Weave through their slimy

ideas, until your third eye wanders and you hear

just one underfoot go POP.

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