READERS’ POETRY: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, January 29

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This week we have two poems from Jon Mecham.


I fall to the ground

The victim of some cuckoo manoeuvre

It could’ve been worse

I could’ve been stabbed in the eye

Or drowned in the river

But I’m on the ground

I look left and then right

Pick up my hat and brush off the dust

Turn my collar up

Put on my sunglasses

And disappear into the shadows

Like a gangster in a black and white movie

Another day, and I catch a headline

In a crumpled newspaper that lies dying in the gutter

“City in Shock. Entire Board Slain”

I turn and look away

Pre-occupied by another headline

“London Freezes”

I brush the snow off my hat

Turn up my collar

Put on my sunglasses

And head for the station


A magic path arrives at my feet

Leading nowhere

Inviting me to take one step

Into its mystery

I packed my suitcase for this moment

Many years ago

I blow the dust off

And wipe it clean

Hoping the clothes inside still fit

Are still in fashion

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