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Continuing from my marathon thread - keep them coming.

"Shared by one who knows about hard times"

The Way We Live - by Kathleen Jamie

The Way We Live
Pass the tambourine, let me bash out praises
to the Lord God of movement, to Absolute
non-friction, flight, and the scarey side:
death by avalanche, birth by failed contraception.
Of chicken tandoori and reggae, loud, from tenements,
commitment, driving fast and unswerving
friendship. Of tee-shirts on pulleys, giros and Bombay,
barmen, dreaming waitresses with many fake-gold
bangles. Of airports, impulse, and waking to uncertainty,
to strip-lights, motorways, or that pantheon -
the mountains. To overdrafts and grafting
and the fit slow pulse of wipers as you're
creeping over Rannoch, while the God of moorland
walks abroad with his entourage of freezing fog,
his bodyguard of snow.
Of endless gloaming in the North, of Asiatic swelter,
to launderettes, anecdotes, passions and exhaustion,
Final Demands and dead men, the skeletal grip
of government. To misery and elation; mixed,
the sod and caprice of landlords.
To the way it fits, the way it is, the way it seems
to be: let me bash out praises - pass the tambourine.

Comments

  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Somewhat in a different league, but never fails to make me smile.

    A short poem on winter.

    Ladies and gentlemen,
    Take my advice.
    Pull down your trousers
    And slide on the ice.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Somewhat in a different league, but never fails to make me smile.

    A short poem on winter.

    Ladies and gentlemen,
    Take my advice.
    Pull down your trousers
    And slide on the ice.

    I was going to post this one in the other thread but then I wrote down the one about peas instead. I read this one in a book called Goggle Eyes when I was about 8 or 9 (which I still find quite good to read even now)
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