Romantic Town

In Romantic TownEveryone’s true.In Romantic TownIt’s easy saying I Love You. In Romantic TownEveryone marries.In Romantic TownThere are flowers and trees. In Romantic TownNothing ends.In Romantic TownYou don’t split up or stay friends. In Romantic TownYou have kids.In Romantic TownLullabies close eyelids. In Romantic TownYou have a soul mate.In Romantic TownThere’s no hate. In Romantic …

Wishful Thinker

When, as an offspring,You watched Zebedee bounce in,Your Adam’s apple used to be a yo-yoLaughing along to The Basil Brush Show. Now, there’s a generation gap betweenWhat you are and what you’ve been.Although, as an adult,You still take aim with your child’s catapult; When, for example, office bullies in their company tiesPick on you, having …

The Peasant’s Tale

The chrisom is placed around my head.The midwife to charm me. The pastor to bless our family bed.Has the wheel turned in my favour?Is happiness foretold by the fortune-teller?My Catholic fingers in font-water.Ale in the alehouse makes better my humours.Poachers and apothecaries rest in the tavern.Drinking, adversities are briefly forgotten.Move the moon towards my sad …

The Ship Inn

“Next to mine own shippe I do most loveThat old “shippe” in Exon, a tavern in St. Martin’s Lane.” (Francis Drake, 1587) Sir Francis Drake suppedWith sixteenth century swankAs his naval ship-mates tottered with rum-totsOn oaken floor-boards, walking the plank. I wonder whether he boozed harderAs his Elizabethan world view blurred;Head spinning, he spun the …

Gargoyles and Gubbio

Hunchbacks give hunchback ridesround la fontana dei mattias round the cloisters st francis goes battytalking to birds of the feathered variety. You can easily vanish off the face of the earthwhere you’re lucky to be born with your date of birth;godfearers in umbria in unforeseen troubleget gobbled up by earthquake rubble. Gargoyles at the churchsidecome …

Entrenched Madness

Darkness is very blackwith eyes open or closed.100 years after an attackwhere dead men marching wearily dozed. You’re going to have to take that backor else there’ll be hell to pay!You’re going to have to take that back!It misfires and could blow your head off one day! Ah, sod this for a game of soldiers. …