Tuesday, September 05, 2023

Tuesday poem #544 : Colin Dardis : Musical Instruction for a City



she would like / her ears / to be smaller
and not hear / the music / of the city
all that concrete beat / and percussion / of engine
timpani of people / with their footsteps / and messages

if she / would mute / the brass and the brash
the con biro / con fuoco / furioso forte formula
turn the dial / all the way / to pianissimo
(because / who believes / in complete silence?)

she could / breath / without the weight
of a metropolis / on her / chest
not / that she believes / in the Anahata
for she has been / in the heart / of the city
and found / it free / of compassion




Colin Dardis is a neurodivergent poet, editor and sound artist from Northern Ireland. His work, largely influenced by his experiences with depression and Asperger's, has been published widely throughout Ireland, the UK and USA. His latest book is Apocrypha: Collected Early Poems (Cyberwit, 2022). His latest album is Funerealism (Inner Demons Records, 2022).

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan

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