Sunday, January 28, 2007


In a rucksack
between Oval and Stockwell
A man fingered a button
to deliver the infidels
to their heathen hells

next to packed gelignite
an object of such power
a black case of comedy dynamite
chosen to help him blend in
with his surroundings

what would make Middle Class Britain
feel as if he was integrated?
what item of mediocrity
would make him look as if he were no threat?
Just an muslim guy with a rucksack on the tube?

That analysts would reconstruct
as somehow significant
in the aftermath, the evidence collected
this would document the motive
to be analysed and dissected

He pressed the button under his clothes
after a moment of prayer
a spark connected
but did not detonate
and He Was Still There

with Ben Stillers worst film,
De Niros cultural apocalypse :
"Meet The Fockers" on DVD in his pocket
and a failed suicide bombing
to his name.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Growing Up On Vinyl

My childhood
found in the grooves
when everyone else had left
died or forgotten to stay
I found solace in you
in the words and the guitar lines
of the songs that kept me alive
I learnt them, they became my life
and they will stay with me until I die

Growing up on vinyl
the songs helped me
when life was wrong
no one could love them the way I do
they’re more than just songs
it’s a way of life
making sense of love
making sense of being alive
the songs helped me survive

(more here).