Archive Poetry
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Archive Poetry

for many of us
the ancient call
to mediocrity
is played out
in our struggle
to arrive
and survive
in the suburbs

it is here we exchange
our uniqueness
for ritualized belonging

‘unpublished’
i work
as a cleaner –
factory floor

annually
my implements
are replaced with newer products

breakages
must be reported

complaints must be aired to my manager

in my job
i have learned
it doesn’t pay to be smarter than the broom
songbird me
alone on a branch
of my family’s tree

inherited songs
contemporary tunes
seeks permanent audience

slave to currency
is genial reward
i could almost hear
the perturbation
inside his head
that unremitting repetition
of twelve
long
school years
indoors
underpowered
and i imagined
his dream car
filled with mates
knocking about
suburban streets
me thinking
he should be
on the open road
but he’d know
         he was still going nowhere

First published in ‘Ochre Ten’ an Anthology by Ochre Coast Writers, edited by Dr Steve Evans October 2020
i could almost hear
the perturbation
inside his head
that unremitting repetition
of twelve
long
school years
indoors
underpowered
and i imagined
his dream car
filled with mates
knocking about
suburban streets
me thinking
he should be
on the open road
but he’d know
       he was still going nowhere

First published in ‘Ochre Ten’ an Anthology by Ochre Coast Writers, edited by Dr Steve Evans October 2020


desire lines

she
like he
loves to explore
the unfamiliar
accessing
behavioural boundaries
discovering and
interpreting
shared experiences
and while questions
drive her search
he, in response,
gently touches
those places
she cannot reach

First published in ‘Ochre Ten’
an Anthology by Ochre Coast Writers,
edited by Dr Steve Evans October 2020
i work with
testosterone fuelled
apprentices … mechanical;
i can feel the
dominant males -
hairs bristling
on my neck;
their careless ways
first through third year
diminishing by degrees
as they steel
themselves for
uncertain manhood

i watch
deft fingers
latch onto complex
production machines
laid open with
arrogant skill –

strict guidelines
for reparation;
sign-on/sign-off

indentured papers?

‘insufficient servicing’,
cry petulant maidens!

First published by Emerald Publishers (#1 of ‘3 workplace poems’)
in “Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal”,
March 2020