For Nick Cave, Joe Strummer, Ian Curtis, Jim Reid and all those others
In this bleak charm of youth –
Those lightning bolts.
Some strange bird will sing.
The antidote to the:
Natural order – of – things.
In the world view a Chernobyl grows.
And grows blistering and pricking
In soothing mid-winter- wind – chill – factor
There is the curse that will ensnare
To trip and strangulate
The idealist dream;
The seed is planted,
In the night’s long desert….
Smoke climbs toward to window
Pen dancing in every direction.
Then! The voice creeps out
Rising about the flight of birds
Growing in the basest sweat
Of they whose chords who’ve been struck
As they ‘dance dance
dance dance dance to the radio.’
And on, a sea over lapping
Waves and currents
Raising some to immeasurable heights
And others drown in the day’s long gutter.
Strummer in his arrogant stance
Echoing put ‘I fought the law’
On and up to the centre of city
And then the revelation:
‘Let Love In’*
The centre of the city
Being walking through
The sweat after the gig
“Remember, you were alive”
Those raw voices reached
Out drew us in
That smell of sweat….
And passed on
Tattooing the memory
Tattooing the soul.
*The album by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Lost alone at night
I found myself in the accident of dressing
That cats and dogs never quite got.
I found myself taking the train
From the diaconal Paddington Station
Finding hollow space – invisible pressure
On my head – all ideas extricated
Face up: face out against the window –
That chill air, that glass holds so well.
Night in the park among the sculptures
After the wine and coffee
And talk…night drop curtained with cold air.
We back wondered along through the freezing night air
Although this apparently still scene
Suddenly became alive.
They came alive beneath the moonlight
We passing along: watching.
their eyes adhered to us
Their defiance in abstraction
The nomological ignored –
I wanted to talk to them
They wanted to play some game
Hide and seek perhaps.
In their nocturnal life
Some worlds never collide
As they must not