Archive Poetry
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Archive Poetry

i rarely use
the services of the bank
but today
i stood in the teller queue
behind a young man shopper

in his recyclable
high vis carry bag
was a single 1.25L popular brand
soft drink and
a largish bag of potato crisps

i couldn’t help noticing
his up-sized personal account
his high-risk investment portfolio
recommending to me
a life with too little interest

First published in “Fleurieu Flow” 2019
in my industrial days
i was aware that
something almost spiritual occurred
when striking an engineer’s hammer
against steel,
rearranging its shape
for a productive outcome

from afar i see,
in too many contexts,
we now bang our heads

First published in “New Poets 19” by FSP, 2018
“Mental health patients waiting for hours,
sometimes days in emergency departments”

wait
in emergency
disoriented, over-anxious or
psychotic –
cope with delayed treatment
overseen by busy, tired
but incapacitated medical staff
unable to assess –
underinvestment

present
in the community
disoriented, over-anxious or
psychotic -
lunge at an underprepared
attending police officer
and expect instantaneous,
full, unqualified attention –
overinvestment

time is not on our side

First published in “New Poets 19” by FSP, 2018
songbird me
alone on a branch
of my family’s tree

inherited songs
contemporary tunes
seeks permanent audience

slave to currency
is genial reward
the positioning
of climate change deniers
begs a question:

“how can my feet remain grounded
while i keep my head above water?”

First published in “New Poets 19” by FSP, 2018
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