Low Murmur Rising

Three poems
by Paul Brookes
Brung Up
A twenty year old father
to his two year old
son who has not learnt
to speak.
“Oy, twat. I’ve
just thrown a ball
for thee! As tha
got any brains, or what!
Tha gonna grow up
reight. No baba
and moomoo,
chuffin sheep
and chuffin cows.
Al teach thee
how to speak proper.
Tha’ll be next Priminister.
Oy, shitface. A throw
thee a ball and tha
catches it.
Tha special thee.”
glean gloaming gloom
gossip chattered roost
arise into darknesses descent
black sand beneath glass
race ripple roll run
amoebas, balloons
morphed by invisible hands
wings outstretched until
last light glimmer fades
sudden spill downwards
a low murmur rises
to fade with darkness fall.
A Tiny Lamb’s Hooves
gain purchase
in the grooves of gust worn cracks
beneath loom of ancient stone crag.
little fingers like young stones caught ,
in the raked valleys of a Zen garden,
a tiny baby grasps Dad’s finger base ,
cranes eyes to the precipice edge ,
the furrowed horizon of skin.
Paul Brookes was shop assistant, security guard, postman, admin. assistant, lecturer, poetry performer, with “Rats for Love” and his work included in “Rats for Love: The Book”, Bristol Broadsides, 1990. His first chapbook was “The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley”, Dearne Community Arts, 1993.
Forthcoming this spring is an illustrated chapbook called “The Spermbot Blues” published by OpPRESS.
Twitter: @PaulDragonwolf1

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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016), and Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017). Scott serves as an editor for The Peregrine Muse, Happy Hour Hallelujah, and Novelmasters.

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