Turner ( - 2013)
published in South 40, 2009, ISSN 0959-1133
collection Dreams and Sudden Dangers, 2009,
Press, ISBN 978-0-9532900-9-3
English Winterís Tale
thanks to Louis MacNeice
dear, oh dear, it snowed last night
city streets are cloaked in white
least three inches of the stuff
blocked the roads, itís quite enough.
itís no go to school today, itís no go to the office
wrong stuffís on the lines today and the buses are all in the
Council has run out of grit
never thought it would come to it
teachers canít get in today
children have gone off to play.
itís no go the motorway, itís no go the by-pass
bike is under a load of hay and Iíve lost my uncleís eyeglass.
snow ploughís stuck at the Council tip
ten tanks and a rusty ship
quite forgotten where it lurks
even how the damn thing works.
itís no go the shovels and spades, itís no go brawn and braces
all downed tools and weíre off to watch the local downhill races.
not that we really want to shirk
just isnít healthy or safe to work
not that the roads are really icy
weíre not taking risks when the odds are dicey.
itís no go production quotas, itís no go the targets
gone down to the Rose and Crown and the kids have gone to Margate!