Archive for October, 2013

It Just Isn’t Fair

Posted in Poetry with tags , on October 15, 2013 by belfastdavid

But then where
was it ever written
that it was supposed to be fair.

And where
was it ever written
that our ideally compatible lover
and our soul-mate
should be incarnate
in the same person.

And even if they were
when was there ever
a guarantee
that we could sustain
the relationship.

Yet the dream persists –
we see ourselves, holding hands,
walking off together
into the sunset.

But that is the movies.
This is real life.

And it just isn’t fair.


Was it ever thus?

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , on October 9, 2013 by belfastdavid

When did the words
please and thank you
disappear from our
whatever happened
to the concept
of good manners?

I can walk through Leeds,
feel as if I am
in a parallel universe,
albeit a slower,
gentler one.

And when, from time to time,
I come across consideration, courtesy,
a Good Morning with a smile
I am surprised enough
to let it warm my day.

Dear Leonard

Posted in Poetry with tags , on October 2, 2013 by belfastdavid

(Written as a response to hearing the Leonard Cohen song ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’)

Dear Leonard,

Its eleven in the morning
late in September;
I’m writing you now
in response to your song.

Today has been difficult,
Jane is in Ibiza,
I slept poorly,
was late leaving home,
the bus was delayed
and overcrowded,
the shop had sold out
of my paper,
there was a queue
at the coffee counter.
I felt rushed
and harassed.

And then you came along.

Oh Gawd!