Sitting in a bar the other day I was asked what I had to say About state of the railway station And what was wrong with United Nations. I said problem with station is trains are late, And the UN angered the United States. Anyhow it’s no good asking me I’m just about as dumb as you can be, Ask a professor under a dreaming spire Of that university in Oxfordshire. I am sure that he will be able To furnish you with graphs and tables, To explain any problem big or small Without using any facts at all. As for me my limited education Provided very little information Useful for answering general questions About world affairs or railway stations.
How Futile is the fight with ignorance on both sides.
The enemy was invisible our defenses outsmarted Behind anonymous masks fights had already started, They recruited from the orphanage and prison as well And from girls that mean business in the seedy hotel, Those who never knew innocence those with no name All headed up to the front just to keep in the game.
Long lost photographs Exhumed from dusty albums Form a fistful of lost faces Which stare out accusingly Against their long isolation. I let the memories slip in Through the gateway of my eyes, A small stream of the remembered Flowing across a wilderness Of the forgotten. Among them I see her unforgotten face, My brain turning ventriloquist To remind me of her voice.
Oh the solitude of longing And the solitude of loss, The loss of our belonging The longing for those lost.
I really enjoyed this original poem that Barrie has written in response to our last prompt ‘Green’.
She stood apart from all the others Between the music and the wine, The road behind littered with those Who had misinterpreted her signs. Oh yes you were the pretty one You were every young man’s dream. They were waiting patiently in line For your signal to turn green.
Between two trees We stand together. Not clumped or Heaped but purposely Placed; intrinsically forever. Three East And One South Twenty four butter Yellow fans with Egg yolk faces Bow and sway. Defiant to the Airy taunt.