Pick You Out & Other Poems


Pick You Out

Trying to pick you out
from the sea of people;
The thousand waves
with the same crest.

But then every face in the crowd is yours,
Every voice I hear is yours,
Every step along the pavement shows me you and only you.

Trying to pick you out
of my heart;
The thousand memories
with the same beat.

Morris Dancers

The sound of bells,
Red on white.
Seventeen dead,
One cracked headlight.

Razors Kiss

Running home to run a bath
Water leaking from the taps and my eyes
Stung with tears, misting as the steam rises.
Climbing in, skin scalded lobster red
Stretching out my length on this auspicious bed.

Your last farewell is my farewell to all,
Steam rises still, but I will rise no more.
Cold comfort comes from the razor’s kiss
Its careful caress across my skin
Is a better lover than you have ever been.
If there’s something troubling you, especially depression or suicidal thoughts, call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 (UK), 1850 60 90 90 (ROI). In the US you can find your Samaritans branch number here: www.samaritansusa.org. It’s never too late to get help.

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