Ah, Thanatos and Eros; the curious no man’s landlessness within.
Between the death that brackets a life, the same life lived
between death’s double parentheses.
Better to sleep and dream of better days.
than to wake and find the sorrow of our ways.
Awaken gently au naturale seduced by some half dreamt aubade.
And somewhere maybe, a once breathing Presley is singing
‘She’s Not You’ still to you, to me,
and beautiful though she is to see
she never will be.
Bid a less than fond adieu
to those who
often speak with great eloquence
on matters of which they blindly grope in ignorance.
YOU fuck THEM up your mum and dad… get it right.
After the drought there was just a small pond in a big fish.
Spent our nights tripping on acid
building pyramids with playing cards then watching them tumble in slo-mo.
Dominos collapsing like well rehearsed and choreographed performers.
The antichrist of christendom.
The ultimate anti establishment icon.
If Christ came back as a con man.
‘I don’t live to eat I eat to live’ she said.
‘ Well don’t we just eat to eat?’ he said.
Yes, some things might be none of my concern but I’m still entitled to an opinion. What that opinion might be is none of your concern.
I would like the chance to rediscover one day
Some of those gifts that I once threw away.
Some people just run in the sand and spread more joy than a thousand poets.
As was. As is. As always will be. The makings of men. Nothing changes but perception.
Someone with a dagger in their heart
has little concern with the woes of the world.
I’ve just discovered that if you take any of the ancient sacred books,
turn them upside down and read diagonally
from the top right to the bottom left corner then diagonally
from the bottom right to the top left
it doesn’t make one iota of sense. That’s the meaning. Really.
the jury is out. For good. The defendant shot them all.
The thoughts and innermost desires of every living human being
form this world’s outer reality
far more than all of our physical actions;
the latter springs from the former
and the ethereal operates on a much subtler,
deeper level than the purely corporeal.
In your ignorance you taught us; in your image you formed us.
Cunning stunts form and reform in the bubbling cauldron
of our existential styled elasticated bloomers.
The Big Bang theory of a new mindset may be reproduced
beyond a laboratory setting yet. Those self loaders
seek refuge in the dark cellars of their warped selfish souls.
The zeitgeist may be changing and
the rampant grubbiness of exploitation may be ripe for a rancid implosion. Long live
If people bother you too much don’t bother too much with people.
Come along you clinical and cynical,
indifferent and diffident,
cravers and ravers:
you may be witnessing history!
Always remember this:
beauty is found in the darkest streets.
Mike McNamara was born in Ireland but lives in South Wales, UK. He had his Selected Poems ‘Overhearing The Incoherent’ published by Grevatt and Grevatt in 1997. He is a singer and published songwriter. His poetry has been read on radio and published in dozens of mags. from Acumen, The Atlanta Review, Orbis, International Times, October Hill and The New Welsh Review to Tears in the Fence, etc. Mike also had a selection of poems published in The Pterodactyl’s Wing (Parthian). His ebook This Transmission was published in Oct. 2019 by The Argotist Online. His print book Dialling A Starless Past was published by Arenig Press in December 2019. His new collection Loose Canon was published this month with Subterranean Blue Poetry based in Montreal, Canada.
Photo by René Maltête