Cloud cover


For Rupert (King of the Monkeys)


I’ve been trapped inside this poem for days

structure is restrictive, like playing pool

with the New York School, the game is haunted by furniture


or Auden walking in. Don’t you know Wystan

in the future we will all be great poets?  Wystan Hugh shrugs

he is carrying a bag of magnetic letters


to make puns by the kitchen sink

while drinking a glass of milk. An allegory appears

under the kitchen table, he kicks it, it disappears.


The man with emerald eyes boxing shadows, the man

with the kenko smile, the man with the electric heart.

The pinball game is over. The pinball game is over.


Charlie Baylis


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