Archive Poetry
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Archive Poetry

you say
        give it to me
        straight
        forthright
don’t hold back

that you can take it
no matter the pain

use the knife edge
you say
        sharp
        pointed
        between the ribs

keep me on my toes
you demand

that way
you say
        you’ll know
        i love you

First published at ‘Discretionary Love’
April 18th, 2022
Edited by Jessica ‘razored’

Two Poems | Discretionary Love

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
our increasingly
reckless behaviour
like a carelessly lit match
is rooted in guilt
residual doubt
gnawing at us
harassing us
in minuted hours
of stultifying routine
then long restless nights
begun with that ‘big bang’
while aside
& imprecisely
we only seek to measure effect
as wanton schoolboys
who watch a paddock burn
        something must have ignited it

First published at ‘Unnerving Magazine’ Issue #17, March 2022
edited by Eddie Generous
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