READERS’ POETRY: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, May 13

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This week, we have two poems, by John Meehan and Jon Mecham


While you were asleep, deep in the land of dreams I came to your side, once more to look upon your beauty but you will never know.

Like the dreams when you awake are soon gone and forgotten, I am also gone.

A plaque bears my name in some remote and windswept place that is as lonely, as our hearts.

Each year flowers placed there and a few moments are spent in silent thought and a tear shed for those times gone by.

Tonight again when you are in the land of dreams, I’ll come your way to say thank you, but you will never know.






“Smile for the camera”

Cheese. I offer through gritted teeth

I hate this moment

Of totally unjustified celebrity

I got lucky

She chose me

As I drifted in through the wall

When no one else could see me

From beyond the storm

Her electric fingers dragged me here

And fixed my mask

Now they’re taking videos

“Once more, smile please”

A grimace

I should never have agreed

I could be home by now

Lounging in my favourite deckchair

Doing the cryptic crossword

Or counting iguanas in the Galapagos Archipelago

Blast it, now he’s approaching

“Shampers, old bean?”

Yeah, thanks


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