Reaction Times by Helen Boden

I am not a silent poet

Living up here near the barracks
you learn to zone out firearm practice
                  like fireworks
                                    traffic on the bypass
just background noise of local life
Back of nine, Friday night, full of cold
                 Lance Armstrong
                 podium cheat
                 on the Champs Elysees
                 on the iPlayer
                 to check the news before sleep
the time it takes to register something’s not right
is time Parisians…

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