Greenlane Poetry

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


Dog in the Night

First came that sound
not far away beyond a hedge
like barrels rolling down a stair
like sudden thunder in springtime air

then silence fell
on the lane the traffic stopped
then a wailing - car alarm-
perhaps a house? But in the dark
no blue light flashed outside the park

we knew: no siren but a dog
its back leg like another tail
the motorist
examined paintwork but ignored
its frantic spirals in the road

in eerie orange light
picked out floodlit as if on a stage
the black dog's dance had almost stopped
not moving far but screaming still
and headlights coming down the hill

hit it head on
and rolled and trashed it all again
sickened we thought it's over yet
still the shadow jerks in pain
and still the siren wails in vain