Tom Murray Writer

Out of My Head


POEMS FROM HERE AND THERE!

This poem written when I worked with pupils from schools around Kelso on the Discover Kelso project all about experiencing the changing nature of their town environment

    DISCOVER KELSO     

     Let me tell you about                  

     A clock with four faces

     Hands pointing

     North, south, east and west.

 

    Let me tell you about

    Yellow coated workmen

    Shaping the present

    From the past.

 

   Let me tell you about

    A car park of cars

    Resting between journeys.

 

    Let me tell you about

     Cobbled streets

     Like a range of tiny mountains

     Crossed by Gulliver feet.

 

    Let me tell you about

    A place

    Where past and present and future meet.

 

The clock with four faces!!



TWO POEMS PUBLISHED IN THE BROWNSBANK ANTHOLOGY.


YOU HAVE TO STEP THROUGH THE DOOR.    

 A cottage not so far

Off the beaten track

As you imagine.

 A cottage metaphorically

Guarded by a white rose

Wrapped around a thistle.

 A cottage of mice

And grand old men just left the room.

 A cottage straight out of

How our ancestors used to live.

 A cottage so much bigger,

In so many ways

On the inside than out.

 You have to step through the door.

 

 

YOU WONDER.

 

You wonder what the man was like

When Yevtushenko and Ginsberg

And others

Came to sit at his feet,

 Did he feel he was sending missionaries

Into the darkest corners of literature?

 Or despair as they walked away

Stretching their own poetic limbs?

 You wonder what the man was like

When the country darkness closed in

And with others

He walked the world of Erle Stanley Gardner.

 Did he smile at the certainty of the path

That led to the villain unmasked and the hero celebrated?

 Or despair at how the story of the Langholm

Boy would end?

 You wonder who the real man was.

Or if it matters now.

Both Grieve and MacDiarmid are the dust

That lingers barely visible on books

That are read, ignored, praised and dammed.

 Like the man himself.