Weekend Poetry: Five Poems
Weight in One’s Vagina
I ain’t no virgin
Past child-bearing prime
Gots any val- worth any val- worth worth wait
Wait for it!
O! be some other woman
What’s in a woman
That which we call a woman
By any other name would taste as sweet
So woman would, were womb not woman called
They call her mellow yellow
That’s right, Oh, little China girl
Like a bull in a shop I
Tragic like thunder
Beach Bum Bang No.1
A man on a mission from
Brown skinned, white tongued
Wounded, poor thing
Poor military man with a white
Strong at the time and
Smooth from mixed bloods and
She’d washed her feet of sand
Climbed into bed and let him
Not pain exactly, nor fun, and not near Oh, O!, ORGASM but
but but it’s nice to leave sometimes
Where do we go to from our bodies out of bodies past edges
Where do we go to shout (do we ever get to shout)
Where is that finger or two or three how
yellow Gracie bleeds brown skinned white man
Australiah. One of those
Who was where there first
Small ones sit at his feet
Comb his hair
He put his arm around her three times
At the table, at the lift, on the bus
And the sun brings out all the girls and flowers
And the bees wanna get in
thud of bodies
Hardass Street, the friendliest gym in town
Jonny said to Gracie, Forgive yourself let go and live well and what is more important than your
peace and happiness and
Gracie kept stretching out her hamstrings on the sweaty mat
Leather smacking sounds and that guy who keeps singing and 90s R&B hits on the stereo-o-o
And an endless stream of tears for who exactly?
10am on a Friday in a boxing gym on Hardass Street, no shit
Car body work going on outside, the last time she walked past a man was on his back, howling, I
can’t feel it, Mikey, I can’t feel my arm and
Cranes and diggers prepping ground for new flats next door and it was earlier, then
Do ALL her friends want to get in Gracie’s pants? That’s some story
Is Gracie to blame for her parents’ love crash?
Jonny said to Gracie, Think about it it’s not real and
she looked up at his big black body and thought about her
a puddle of lost salt
Kayla said to Gracie, Be your own kind of awesome
Oprah said to Gracie, Let’s meditate!
Who said, A cloud doesn’t worry about being a cloud and it is part of everything and it does
things when it's the right time and
Gracie sweet Gracie
kept fearing the man on the street in Brixton on his back, howling
the woman who didn’t say hi at yoga
the lorry-driver in Penang who sped round corners and blared his horn at short skirts
the dark skinned coolie
Jonny said to Gracie, we’re not allowed to have tea in the cafe any more, management doesn’t
like it, doesn’t like
- people talking -
and as soon as Gracie left, she couldn’t recall a thing
What’s more important more important
than tomatoes turning red
more important than what that Jonboy said
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