/ The Doctor
/ Yes, I agreed to perform the abortion.
/ The girl was under unusual strain.
/ I formed the opinion that for personal…
It may seem a schoolboy’s whine,
And yet I seek not to be grand nor witty,
But I am half a Scot by birth, and bred
A whole one, and my heart flies to my head.
Vain is my spite / They cannot so suffer who never do right. …
Everything seems ok.
/ Rabbis study in the Lublin yeshiva again
/ even if the Jewish Quarter
/ is still razed to the ground.
/ Trains leave just…
For our last meal together / my father takes out of the freezer / a tray of frozen songbirds.
This might be the calm before the storm / or this might be the storm; / some are sunbathing on…
The patient will talk.
/ The doctor will talk.
/ The doctor will listen while
/ the patient is talking.
/ The patient will listen while
(from The Four Seasons)
/ Seen from the machair’s edge
/ miles of white sand swathe north.
/ The light is Greek, I’m told,
/ The green…
Their gowns fold and flatten like water
/ on their consummate columns as they go,
/ the paragons and apples of their race.
/ Their nacreous…
/ wind kissed roads,
/ unpaved with
/ coral stones,
/ must be
/ swept twice daily,
/ drifting in
/ with the salty air,
/ smells of smoked tuna,
/ drying out in…
Chiennage, a literal response, is cast aside,
/ its laziness the thin end of the wedge, reminder
/ that the Anglophones are twenty miles…
/ commands and imperatives from 24hrs of adverts
/ it’s easy to say yes
/ say no
/ to conformity
/ there’s no need
/ to feel blue
/ explore the world