Daily Archives: January 18, 2018

This Life by Cath Campbell

I am not a silent poet

I could not have imagined this century,
this appalled open mouthed scream of rage
wrapped in piecemeal privilege,

nor that babies would still be starving in Africa,
and war would be so popular,
more so than love or kindness,

nor ever thought women would still shudder
beneath a callous thumb.
I am unimaginative.

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Yes Ministers by Colin Dardis

I am not a silent poet

The newly appointed Minister for Loneliness will be given an office with no windows at the end of a long corridor.

The Minister for Apathy will not bother going to work tomorrow.

The Minister for Feeling Peckish has left crumbs on the head of her esteemed colleague while snacking in the back benches.

The Minister for Curiosity has said he is looking into this.

The Minister for Itchiness has scratched her previously announced policy considering it “too rash”.

The Minister for Binge Watching has said to stay tuned for further updates.

The Minister for Prostration will be announced tomorrow.

The Minister of Anticipation is looking forward to the announcement of the Minister for Procrastination.

The Minister for Shyness has cancelled all future public appearances.

The Minister for Uneasiness has a bad feeling about all these new ministers.

The Minister for Embarrassment has had their social media accounts hacked.

The Minister…

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A close is a close is a close by Kevin Reid

I am not a silent poet

after Gertrude Stein

tenement block.
tenement block.
tenement block.
tenement block.
tenement block.
tenement block.
them men in the block
them men in the block.
block.
block.
block
bloke.
you.
you only.
you only ten.
you only ten.
what a shame.
what a shame
what a shame hen.
what a poor shame hen.
blame him blame him blame him blame him.
him.
him.
him.
egg.
egg.
egg.
egg on.
egg on.
egg on his chin.
what a pair.
what a pair.
what a pair pair.
place.
place of.
place of nuts nuts.
old place.
what a place what a place what a place to be.
old face.
what a face what a face what a face is he.
come on come on come on come.
more more more more more.
more close.
more close.
too close.
too close.
too close.
but.
but.
but.
but.
but.
but.
close is a close…

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