Thursday, 1 August 2013

I Cover the Waterfront

Here is the poem for this week, "I Cover the Waterfront". The poem takes its first line and title from a song performed by Billie Holliday but written by Johnny W. Green and Edward Heyman. I actually think that this here poem is the one I have been trying to write for the last month or so. Whatever, its the best damn poem I've written for a while.

I Cover the Waterfront

I cover the waterfront
And write obituaries for long words in the summer.

My desk is alternately a pigeon’s wing,
Postcards, a pomegranate.

Since arriving I’ve been an orange sunspot
Putting the locals off their glasses

In this landscape that is otherwise white.

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