Here and Now

Crazed autograph hunter
posing with Brad and Keira
in the glare of Leicester square.
Meanwhile, her marriage fluttering away down a nameless alley in winter.

Gambler stakes his latest claim,
The jackpot bells, they know his name.
Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow, he’ll be a millionaire.
Sometimes he stops and wonders if he’ll need all that gold in heaven
But heaven’s too far and with a toss of the dice, he’s back in the game.

Mrs Smith at the washing-up sink
In tears over a cracked teapot, a mere chink
to us, but it was bought when she and Charlie won the football pools
years before.
The tilt of the pot reflects a happy shine,
You’ll miss it if you blink.

Jane reports the news, in Afghanistan,
Direct and bold, she announces that the war is never done.
She captures the urgency and poignant clear stares
behind the heavy veils.
Coffee break and a breather.
She flirts with her wrists and a cigarette and flashes the cameraman a smile.
The veil is torn. The war is won.

Sweet seventeen perched on the edge of the rocks,
a rolling horizon before her, behind her a city of clocks.
Within her, a lurch and a swell, in his own sheltered world,
innocent of the flow of her grief, the tide of his mother’s tears.

She doesn’t hear the beat of his heart,
Because hers is shouting louder.
She doesn’t hear the rush of his blood,
Because her blood is an icy river.
She is totally and completely lost in the memory of a man
who lived in the there, and the then.

Mesmerized, she stands.

And in that moment when
She closes her eyes,
The wind lifting her hair,
Before she thinks her very next thought,
The moment’s already not there.

Here and Now


Aylesbury, United Kingdom

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