I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 12, APPETITES

  Down in the dungeons of men’s minds, below the dance halls and the giddy galleries, deep in a declining darkness holding no pride over permanence, appetites edge on apps to ease entrance as dogs eat dogs. These are no longer the days of Wilde’s wit and wicked word play, temptations are no longer teasedContinue reading “I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 12, APPETITES”

I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 11; CORRECTING CORINTHIANS

  As a child was I thoughtless or just thought less? Less taught. Less to think about? Was there really less to see, less to love? For life was never loveless. As a man I have given so much away, I guess, less love left, less to give, more gone. Does it grow back, likeContinue reading “I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 11; CORRECTING CORINTHIANS”

I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 10; THE SUM OF WHO WE ARE

  And we are all a sum of circles… spinning, spiralling, circling something, orbiting our own atmosphere, seduced by our own stratosphere, (oh, how we smell) chasing our own tails; can circles have tails or is it just dogs? Although Plato portrayed us as circles split apart; restlessly looking for the rest of ourselves, worryingContinue reading “I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 10; THE SUM OF WHO WE ARE”

I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 9; A MUSE ON A ROUGH ROUSE

  ‘You gotta be what you want,’ that’s what they say, ‘You gotta be what we want,’ that’s what they mean and, brother and sister, they can be mean. But we can’t all be compliant in complacency, we can’t all be kept compartmentalised into your conditions, I have my own conditions. Cotton Avenue has comeContinue reading “I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 9; A MUSE ON A ROUGH ROUSE”

I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 8; TAXI DRIVER

  A constant darkness, the future unfolds like the road; route unknown, the past ever present but kissed goodbye; my lips still taste of yesterday, my hips the heat of your caress that has since slipped from these sheets. I was always bound to restless, to rest less and less, I am creature creative; a constantContinue reading “I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 8; TAXI DRIVER”

I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 7; THE HISSING IN THE SUMMER

  Summer as the city slips into slumber, after last night’s thunder, as skin slides from winter’s shawls and shackles and pitches itself proudly in parks where not even dogs bark, where shadows have sunk into sweaty soil as feverish fingers smooth skin with soothing oil. Summer in the city and temperatures are oozing overContinue reading “I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 7; THE HISSING IN THE SUMMER”

I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 6; EVERYTHING COMES AND GOES

  Part I… Everything comes and goes, you can’t court without a spark but nothing lasts as long as that first light, that first night, already fading before the morning finds us fumbling, trying to get through, to get on, to something shinier, to something more new. Something more new. Everything comes and goes likeContinue reading “I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 6; EVERYTHING COMES AND GOES”

I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 5; COULD HAVE BEEN MORE

  We held hands over hearts housed in other folds, ink had tipped another name into your flesh as we fell into holds, harbouring no more than musing moments, the south going north for something different, something foreign, someone fresh, perhaps that was all we ever were; a diversion from all that was defined, fromContinue reading “I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 5; COULD HAVE BEEN MORE”

I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 4; BOY SO BLUE

  Sitting in a park in Paris, France as kids climb trees they’ll soon outgrow and birds busy their feathers in a dance of freedom we’ll never know. I fall through your thoughts as someone tickles strings on cords too distant to be discovered and wonder where you sat; on the orange carpet caressed byContinue reading “I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 4; BOY SO BLUE”

I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 3; GONE, THE GARDEN

  Gone is the garden, we are paved now in parts no longer potential to growth, to goodness. And the crow caws in the corner, flesh festering into feather. Gone is the garden, we have paved paths over all that was precious while thinking thoughtless, if only we’d thought less about what we wanted andContinue reading “I CAME TO THE CITY, PART 3; GONE, THE GARDEN”

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