30 Sept 2011

Later.

 Later.

Bright sunlight streaming into my South facing window.
That moment when the day is optimistic about its possibilities.
Lines of small square lawns and patient green wheelie bins
Conceal the suburban morse code message transmitted by
The continuous beeping sound of a truck reversing.

Later
Overcast, hot tempers flare.
Everyone is being told to get the fuck out
Of everyone else's fucking face. A door slams.
Flying ant day in the city, white powders at the ready,
Locked and fucking loaded.

Later
A squirrel skips down the street
Pretending the tarmac is still too hot.
The relief of a cool breeze is tempered by
The knowledge it won't ever be quite as sunny again
For another year.


All text copyright ian g craig.

25 Sept 2011

Now.

 Now.


“I'm ho-ome!"
My house welcomes me with the echo of my own voice.
I keep the carpet cluttered and the mind tidy.
The sun shines on the red bench
Where I peal back the wrapper from my Cornetto.
The sound of a steel chain saw,
Ripping through raw green branches in the heat.
A drainpipe Robin sits impatiently for me to go
So he can return to his worm.

Now
The faintest trace of bar-b-q aroma,
Whilst silent dark clouds come in from the South,
And the second hand on my clock ticks louder.
My neighbour chases pigeons from the berries on his bush.
They retreat and coo from a safe distance.
Whilst waiting for one thing to be resolved,
My mind makes decisions about 100 others,
Then changes them all.

Now
The day's vapour trails turn to street lights.
I turn to the music of a long time since.
Muggy night on the edge of the city.
No-one gets too excited about going into town.
A bedroom light in an opposite window.
Wet roads amplify the sound of traffic,
Making night sound like rush hour.
But the pace is slow.

Now
A rain shower on my open window
Turns the CD in my headphones to charity shop vinyl.
The garage door opposite is open again.
I think someone uses it to sleep in.
They might at least close the door behind them.
A girl in blue steps onto her balcony for a cigarette,
Perhaps needing permission to smoke in her own flat.
We exchange curious glances.


All text copyright ian g craig.