“Lydney Idylls” by Edward Clarke

by on 14/02/13 at 4:51 pm

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Scholar:
++++++++++++++Mensa, begin a song from the future.
++++++++++++++The estuary rises to our dangling feet
++++++++++++++Since we have sat together bold with cider
++++++++++++++On this high pier, like blackbirds on a totem
++++++++++++++Three tiers above a pregnant bear with frogs
++++++++++++++Emerging from her ears, a human form
++++++++++++++And not a salmon on extended tongue.

Mensa:
++++++++++++++What the fuck? The moon is on her back.
++++++++++++++You’re pissed, you twat, pissed as a sparky newt.

Scholar:
++++++++++++++The rain is in her nest above the Severn,
++++++++++++++Obscuring half a shape that’s leaning out
++++++++++++++To listen for our song, so you’ll begin.

Mensa:
++++++++++++++We lived in Lydney
++++++++++++++As if it was

Scholar:
++++++++++++++By background sea
++++++++++++++In Titian’s Bacchus
++++++++++++++And Ariadne
++++++++++++++A shore of Naxos

Mensa:
++++++++++++++Lipped by the Severn
++++++++++++++Our blue Forest
++++++++++++++Of Dean a haven

Scholar:
++++++++++++++Alfonso d’Este

Mensa:
++++++++++++++Could not have governed

Scholar:
++++++++++++++Our days focussed
++++++++++++++On getting out

Mensa:
++++++++++++++Of it, reclined
++++++++++++++In hidden spots
++++++++++++++Where we could find

Scholar:
++++++++++++++The unkempt god

Mensa:
++++++++++++++In Kwik Save wine.

Scholar:
++++++++++++++It’s time we went, this asymptotic tide
++++++++++++++Swirls at our trainers almost angrily,
++++++++++++++I swear there’s going to be a heavy shower,
++++++++++++++I felt a drop and now another two
++++++++++++++Splashing the top of my unpropped, chilled spine,
++++++++++++++I sense my soul’s a bay a wall could clear
++++++++++++++Of silt and Lydney newly formed behind.

Mensa:
++++++++++++++It’s going to piss it down for sure, let’s head
++++++++++++++On back to town and see what we can do.

 

Original appearance in New Dublin Press.

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