when did you start feeling like this

why must we be with everything

or against it why not

try on thoughts like ‘black’ denim

chafed from overuse especially

around the crotch where the irrational stuff happens

we’re at it again going in pulling out – the hole

before the ELECTRIC bus re-starts is plugged

by an ambulance (BLAST!) – when inflamed

let’s not beat the bade ideas let’s violently

WIPE the good ones –

let’s not pretend we don’t know

every noise is an attempt

on the senses – all words

and phrases are too tranquil

to describe what we FEEL

when we look at dead bodies we feel

ourselves what’s left of US after

deodorisation oh so what

if I said you were BEAUTIFUL and

nearly meant it I don’t mean that

beautifulness is accessible like

a takeaway delivery and how is that NOT

an oxymoron – it’s the opposite

of POLITICS which is concerned only with things

that can be talked about and

we’re not BORN talkers

it took at least 2 years to talk

about the curiosities we got handed

none of which we asked for or last

except a CERTAIN QUANTITY of guilt – btw


where are you FROM? I’m from

my mother via several buildings and

occasions wondering if I’ve really

considered EVERYone else’s feelings

unpublished poem, © Heather Phillipson 2015, used by permission of the author.

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