#Poem Sky and Skyline Calling

Rat dives into dirty old river, couples and singles
pass engrossed, mangy roses, black taxis, flocking sparrows,
roadsign to Dagenham, mobile phones, past the elephant
and Castle Underground Station, gratings, wet litter bins,
terrible tent-like white cotton top, wood bench, damp, munching,
moping, picnic, not much choice, sit in the shade, atishoo

Spotty tie, potato crisps, twigs, flaky trunks, crinkled shrubs,
hubbub, heels and tights, agreeable grey-haired lady kicks
duck, sandwich, coke, concrete steps, wilted ribcage leaves,
weevils, old newspaper, sad weeping willow, pallid narcissus,
more pink roses, misshapen ash-sapling, tidy stunted bay
tree, remind-me-of-Flintshire golden chaffinch, black bollard,
collared dove, ornate lamp, nettles, petals, puppies lollop

Celebrity hairdo, Bardot, exposed shoulder, posh pink
T-shirt, shorts, sunglasses, resting, sudden hot sun,
thank you, babbling punters, kiddies paddle, daddies dawdle,
natter, riff raff, red-brick façade, brass lock, wall plaque,
skirt and leggings, cigarette, college, rucksack, kisses the
bod with silver beard, muscles, blood vessels, dayglo vest,
yew tree, gravestone, vine, chained bikes, hotchpotch,
neatly pressed jeans, I’m off to the BM

Cosmopolitan, bronze metal statue, marble, rubble,
Doric columns, reliable directional arrows,
focussed on gift books, fizzy drink | Zen koan | Chrome steel café.


3 thoughts on “#Poem Sky and Skyline Calling

  1. Your images are vivid and original. And I love the ending! I DID feel a bit overwhelmed with this list of the worst-stupid-ugly-tacky-damaged of the world. I would still give this poem a definite “thumbs up.” It makes its point–that’s for sure! I love the poetry of Ashley Bovan!

  2. Pingback: #Poem Sky and Skyline Calling | Ash2

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