Patrick’s First E and Cold Stare Thoroughfare

Patrick’s First E

Saturday:

Clubbing with the blank boys
and girls, Patrick is crowned
by questions: Why am I dancing
the same way as everyone else?

Why are we all facing the same
direction? And where is Passion?
But Passion left hours ago.
No-one noticed; everyone‘s face

looks the same. Passion needed
some air from the rag dolls,
from the puppets. Because there must
be…there must be more…

 

Sunday:

Queueing with the blank boys
and girls, Patrick is crowned
by images: mop-top mania, the Fab
Four waving from an aeroplane,

always in monochrome.
Clichés sweep across the square
and the café radio plays
an early Beatles song.

Patrick looks at the woman
in front, bobbing her head up
and down. Because there must
be…there must be more…

 

 

 

Cold Stare Thoroughfare

Your search began on an open path
where a billboard begged, “Just one glance!”
Leaving behind pale industry lines,
you arrived at Cold Stare Thoroughfare.
Headless models posed in jewels and chains
while others wore office ties and shirts.
Next door, Confidence Cafe welcomed you,
giving a caffeine kick on Magazine Day.
Inspired by gloss and cliché,
you quietly sipped before leaving…

 

 

 

Michael McGill has had poetry published in New Walk Magazine, RAUM and The Haiku Quarterly, in anthologies by Ragged Raven Press and on The Open Mouse web site. He has also appeared as part of Big Word Performance Poetry in Edinburgh, and on The Verb on BBC Radio 3.

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