25 April, 2016

Travel-Worn Satchel, I-VIII



I
safety video
plays while I watch
the jet of steam

II
phonecall from Shanghai
hello - I think your wife
took my suitcase

III
toddler chooses
the next track for our journey -
God is a DJ!

IV
all the questions
are provided in advance
Chinese press meeting

V
flapping in the breeze
the hem of her summer dress
caught by car door

VI
england, nether-lands
separated only
by clouds

VII
no! no! not ours!
she squeals as I point at the
yellow ferrari

VIII
fat loud abusive
learning new words -
beijing taxi

18 April, 2016

Cambridge Snow, I-VIII



I
cambridge snow
melts on contact with starbucks
and james brown

II
bacon espresso
orange clouds winter sky
train to cambridge

III
woman carefully
applying her eyeliner -
train hits a bump

IV
the speeches begin -
alone in the garden
with tea and scones

V
five miles of tunnel
the traffic jam hides my voice
singing Guns & Roses

VI
pines mountains snow
calm Lake Tahoe untouched
pines mountains snow

VII
aeroplane window
are those tiny cricketers?
howzat!

VIII
under a jumper
dreaming of thunder and rain -
my college sofa