Archive for May, 2019

The Charlatan Walks

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2019 by dc

Flies gather in clouds,
Abuzz with belligerence,

Reptilian shuffles patter fast
In soft percussive rattles,

Gutters belch dirty water
And gnarled brassy rasps wail

As the charlatan walks,

A crusty handkerchief
With disillusions of grandeur,

Snapped bones and stigmata
Faked for the rabble,

All blame games and riddles,
Perfidious and goose-eyed,

A strutting distortion
Cooked-up from a hole.

4am

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2019 by dc

4am greases
It’s sombre
Hostility,

Broken crows
Dance crooked,

Flies rest,
Litter waltzes,

Arrhythmic whispers
Cruise in on the breeze

And the dew licks
Its mumbles of intrigue.

A scarred old bus shelter,
Weathered and pissed,

A place to
Carelessly wither,

Leans in on
Invisible guests,
Slightly bowed to the kerb,

A deviated strip light
Flickering excuses,

A quiver of disaffected
Moths and foxes lost,

Gravel hushing,

A barren street name
And then nothing

But a bent, collapsed
Voice faintly groaning,

Which way is wrong?

That Excess Creosote

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2019 by dc

We’ve all seen
That excess creosote

Running down
Occasional fences,

All tears and humility,
Fortitude and regret,

And most of us
Have said

Bugger all about it.

Not me.