Bath Tub Baptist

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You are not the Messiah,

You are a very naughty boy,

A narcissist,

A liar,

And I am not your toy,

Though you stand there like a bath tub baptist,

With the moves you’ve practiced,

Ready to loofah away my sin,

Maybe find a way in,

Feeling like you’ve cracked it,

Lies and manipulation

Are your favourite forms of masturbation,

You researched my needs

To fund your greed,

And you will not win,

I’m really not that dim

This water is not holy

And you won’t control me,

 

Standing there like a bath tub baptist,

With the moves you’ve practised.

 

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Seduction without Reduction

So, you think you want a ‘stocking and suspenders’ kind of girl?

I’ll give you a twirl and rock your world,

Lick my lips slowly – no not for that,

I’m warming up for intellectual combat –

You better be packing some long, hot words –

In this case size really does matter,

I need to know that you’ve got the patter

Those pastiches of lust are just absurd –

Ugly bits of nylon , compared to the word –

Words are more seductive,

Words are less reductive

Rolling smoothly off the tongue,

A delight to be heard.

 

Ideas can wriggle behind feathers and fans,

Titillating – little by little -things to expand

Your mind,

A burlesque of a different kind,

A burlesque where you might just find

Yourself craving more of the mysteries,

The little-known histories

Coyly revealed from behind the feather –

You’ll feel ill at ease,

Confused by the tease,

At the end of your tether…

At a loss for why it’s more engrossing,

Than those cheap bits of clothing

But you’ll never

Forget this psychological striptease.

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Thank God It Wasn’t a Child

‘Thank God it wasn’t a child’

Seems to be able to be applied

To almost anything

To lessen

The impact of doom:

‘The votes are in – we have a new Prime Minister.’

‘Thank God it wasn’t a child!’ the public cried!

For all the difference it will make –

Still, it eased a nation’s heartache

And made a nice accompaniment

For the tea and cake.

 

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Groomed for Gunshots

Regimented robots

Groomed for gunshots

Not at all acceptable

To reject a less delectable

Dish if the orders were given

And the food had been served –

Don’t be absurd!

But the revolting slop refused to comply,

Stuck in your throat like a lie –

It wouldn’t obey,

Couldn’t be swallowed in any kind of way –

13:00 hrs – little robot thinks it will die

But won’t dare protest’

It’ll just have to digest

In the preordained manner

Dictated by the captor –

The lunchtime supervisor…

Gastric brutaliser.

 

Little robot usually did well

Knew the drill for the lunch bell,

Knew how many times to chew

To avoid being hit by the spoon,

But this culinary horror

Was causing some bother,

And though the little robot hated to admit,

It really was about to vomit,

Its eyes were secreting distress;

Its stomach about to violently confess-

It wouldn’t suppress,

Nothing would make it acquiesce

To this one last request.

 

Then from nowhere

The jug tipped over,

And the lunchtime supervisor

(Gastric brutaliser)

Was momentarily distracted by mopping,

So the little robot’s sobbing

Could be brought to an end,

With the secret swapping of the plate with a friend’s,

Who would make the ultimate sacrifice,

And eat the dish twice.

 

Good little robots,

Groomed for gunshots.

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Bits

Wherever she went she left bits of her life behind her –

Not surprising to anyone who knew her

(And frequently chased after her with her forgotten keys, phone, coat)

That scattered round and about were her memories,

For what was the use of keeping them with her?

Bound about her like a tefillin,

Keeping the commandments of pain wrapped in?

What does it matter if that argument got lost on a train?

Or that heart-wrenching loss got washed, by tears, down a drain?

Anywhere will do that isn’t the brain.

Wherever she went she left bits of her life behind her,

Not  really a surprise to anyone who knew her

(And sometimes picked up after her how she felt lonely)

That scattered round and about was her past –

It didn’t matter though – it didn’t last.

Throwing stones had shattered the glass

But it couldn’t catch her if she never fled

And it couldn’t hurt her if she never bled.

 

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I’m Back!

So, I’ve come full circle with this sharing my work thing. As any fellow poet will know, there’s a trend among the poetry circles for any kind of publication to stipulate that your work must not have been shared anywhere previously (including your own personal media accounts) in order for them to consider it for submission. Well, I have finally come to the conclusion that I can’t claim to be ‘finding my own authentic voice’ if I am going to allow others to speak it for me. So here I am back again. And excited by the prospect of continuing my project of photography and poetry pairings.

So what brought about the change? One very inspirational writer called Jolie Booth (author of The Girl Who’ll Rule the World – available on Amazon.)On Saturday I was lucky enough to have randomly booked myself on her Psychedelic Wandering tour of Brighton. This actually had nothing explicitly to do with her book. However, having been totally drawn into the world she created, around a story pieced together from letters and diaries found in a squat she inhabited in Brighton, I had come to admire her creativity and spark by the end of the two hour experience (described as part theatre, part walking tour, part pub-crawl.) At the end of the tour, Jolie mentioned that she was off to the Dorchester for a drink and if anyone wanted to join her they were welcome. It was here that I learned of her book, her stance and journey as a writer and her dogged determination. She was living proof of the modern maxim that self-publishing AND an eventual publishing deal don’t have to be mutually exclusive and her advice to ‘Just write for yourself and love what you do. Never write to be published’ really struck home.

It made me realise that I had been keeping my poetry imprisoned because of a set of rules imposed by people I didn’t even particularly care to impress – and it meant nobody had seen my work for far too long.

So, as so often is the case in this life – a totally random decision, to go on a totally random adventure somehow ended with a little nod from the universe. I believe those that watch you and have your best interests at heart will always find a way to get their message across. Eventually. In this case my messenger was a charismatic and courageous woman I met totally by chance and as she guided me on a  two- hour journey around the counter-cultural ghost-haunts of Brighton, I already felt it was only the first step on a far greater voyage.

And so here is the second step.

Look out – I’m back. And I reclaim my authentic voice once more.

Jolie Booth

Writer and performer Jolie Booth – my inspiration for continuing my quest to find my authentic voice!