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
Force Nine
Forge Island
Four Chimneys
Half Empty
Homeward Bound
In Glen Howe Park
In Provence
Incident
Kilner's Bridge
Last Train
Lilac Time
Magpies
Mungy Lane
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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 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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Bar des Sports, Charly-sur-Marne

A murky bar-room full of shade
a sports fan full of flaming life
laughter shouting windmill arms
flying hands that whistle past my nose
smash the glass standing on the zinc
He tells me of another Englishman
who fished the Marne and caught a giant carp
then died at thirty-six- a heart attack

So not the one for whom the flowers fade
fixed to railings high above the flood
where Marne in winter swells the ranks of those
who annually cure their woes for good
Best live your life as fully as you can
The end arrives much sooner than you think
We both agree my rasta friend and I
I think he does it
I think I'm going to try