Greenlane Poetry

All Saints 3pm
Bad Day
Bar des Sports, Charly-sur-Marne
Before and After the Watershed
Call to Witness
Carte Postale
Charlie
Clerk of Works
Dog in the Night
Easter Saturday at Festubert
Fargate
first
first
first
first
first
first
Force Nine
Forge Island
Four Chimneys
Furnaces
Half Empty
In Glen Howe Park
In Provence
Incident
Kilner's Bridge
Lady
Last Train
Lilac Time
Magpies
Mungy Lane
North Line
Nurses
Outfield
Painting By Numbers
Patriots
Per Ardua
Pioneers
Release
Rememberings
Routine Visit
Runner
September
Silent Snakes
Spring Training
Start-1
Students in Crookesmoor
The Don at Swinton
The Festive Season
The Lavender Feast at Saullt
The Runners in the Fields
The Seasons
Treatment Days
Trips to the Seaside
Up Train
Valley Mist
Weston Park
What Love Is
Winthrop Park

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Treatment Days



He is laid on the machine
where there is always kindness
And as it clicks and whirs
can see in rim of sight
the blinking fairy lights
On the backlit ceiling red balloons
blue green and yellow day by day
are never moving. Pop groups play
mindless but insistent out of reach
He thinks that that's OK


The machines are all alike
except in name
where there is always sympathy and help
The lighting of the lights and
beeping mean the same
But overhead today is cherry blossom
climbing high into wide blue
envaulting lovers flirting in the park
Imagined sounds give way
to call of warbler blackbird dove and lark