I look in here—this
the notes for the
last review I did,
& note—that I am
about to write another.
Tho I would rather
write something else.
bop a bit
try not to think
vast tide of crap
the exhibition represents,
the sky: sere,
grey, pale up
one end of the street,
at the other:
pale, but a distinct
with some dark smudged stain
drifting over it,
much closer to
than the far blue behind—
in those paintings,
from a volcano nearby—
almost like flak
in the old movies.
& the rumour
that nothing lasts forever)
It makes the sky darker too
not a backdrop
a small figure, further down
is crossing the road—I recognise
as much as the figure—
It is about time
I had a drink with Crab.
for a lot of things. What
to do about this
I whistle ‘You’re My Thrill’,
the beginning—but, whistling it,
I end up, as always,
with the ‘Perry Mason Theme’
since I have actually heard it)
when I was a kid.
I thought I didn’t like it—now it
seems I do
cousin to it.
My Thrill’. Then
‘Couldn’t It Be You’—
I wonder what
the connection is —
the key, the pattern,
when I whistle it.
resignation, ‘getting on with things’.
Hate to turn
a beautiful tune
into a tic, a
tho again, luckily,
it is only the first few bars
I remember this way,
the rest of the song
When I play it
what to do about it?
Inflated in scale, naive,
‘done’ when its theme is recognised
— like slogans
for a moral position.
As if the viewer
should tick a
box, in approval,
& move on
perhaps ‘liking’ it
on their facebook page.
(their ‘mental’ facebook page)
Does anybody do that,
like it that much
that they could bother to register
this vote (?) their
I doubt it.
I am whistling the wrong tune.
I read in Denton Welch
of some gypsies he hears
coming home from the pub
singing ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’
My father used to sing that song.
I love it.
The opening notes
of the John Coltrane version.
sang it often enough
for me to know the words.
Denton, near the end—
“Chopin pours over me from the wireless.
Nothing but this small picture will be left
of the day. Many years after, people may
be able to read then say, ‘He was cold; he
watched the sunset; he ate a chocolate,’ but
nothing more will be left to them.”
Today I worried happily,
wrote stuff, ‘asseverated’,
It was supposed
to get cold—but it didn’t.
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