Richard Warren

"Clearly I tap to you clearly along the plumbing of the world" (W S Graham)

Characters of fag smoke

You people of steam
and persons of transparency,
here one minute,
and the next for always gone –
focus while I outline
what is coming clear to me:
that half a loaf of living
is preferable to none.

Living – it has done for me.
It has been done to me.
My own poor beauty –
look at how you’ve turned.
Put an eye to the keyhole
and tell me when they come for me.
Count me down to grey and brown;
watch me when I burn.

You characters of fag smoke
and fragments of no substance,
say a prayer for the hair
on my chinny chin chin.
Grace to my face
holds a mirror at a distance.
By the skin of Christ’s teeth,
I am hanging in.

Copyright 2011 Richard Warren

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