Poetry 101 Rehab: Roots

In response to Andy Townend’s Poetry 101 Rehab.

Uprooted

Rejected

By what you loved

Crushed to the ground

With no resources

No roots to take

In

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Poetry 101 Rehab: Fem

In response to Andy Townend’s Poetry 101 Rehab.

Fem or man

Man or wo-man

All hum-man

All equal

Some more

Some less

Poetry 101 Rehab: Odyssey

In response to Andy Townend’s Poetry 101 Rehab.

Ulysses fares abroad

adventuring

Penelope waits at home

for him

With the quiet heroism

of women

Poetry 101 Rehab: Wrapping

In response to Andy Townend’s Poetry 101 Rehab.

Everyone is wrapped

In covers

Of false faces

For others

To choose

From

Poetry 101 Rehab: Talk

Talk not

Your neighbour could be

Secret Police

Drug Dealer

Child Trafficker

Trust none


In response to Andy Townend’s Poetry 101 Rehab.

Poetry 101 Rehab: Rain

The rain erases

Pedestrians’ faces

In motion blur

 

In response to Andy Townend’s Poetry 101 Rehab.

Poetry 101 Rehab: Windows

I carry the tram routes

in my memory

I see the city

from the windows

of trams

The Five and the Nine stop

at the university

But only the Three goes

all the way up

to the cemetery

The crematorium

The terminal

And back

Unless you’re dead

 

In response to Andy Townend’s Poetry 101 Rehab.

Poetry 101 Rehab: Flora

The florist

with thin white fingers

Binds the bouquet

with a thick black ribbon

Wraps the flowers

in rough brown paper

And hands the dead thing

over the counter

From where I carry it

to adorn the ashes

of the dead

 

In response to Andy Townend’s Poetry 101 Rehab.

Poetry 101 Rehab: Exposition

There was a Scotsman at EXPO

Who was eating pasta and pesto

But there was a wind

Which lifted the kilt

Of the cheeky Scotsman at EXPO

 

In response to Andy Townend’s Poetry 101 Rehab.

Poetry 101 Rehab: Reflection

To reflect

Is to dis

connect

The shadow

From the substance

 

In response to Andy Townend’s Poetry 101 Rehab.