The Wall

Set not in Stone
The wall breathes
Trembles with anticipation
Of cannonballs with leather skin
Prepares for mortal wound
A blow to wedding tackle
Protective hands and arms
Risk Referee’s wrath
As kick is struck
And reactions slow
Like a rabbit in the headlights

Martin Addison – 12/07/2017


Ascot Races

Heels clattering, Excited chattering
a running throng, wine bottles determinedly grasped
The Ladies Day gallop is underway
With fancy hats clasped to running heads

Morning suits – Trouser’d stripes and coat tails
Burnished Top hat and patent leather shoes
Stately procession with wife on arm
Impressions are everything – There’s no call to run

Sharp suits, sharp shades and winkle-picker shoes
Closely shaved in a haze of aftershave
Open beer bottles hide Lads jokes
As they watch the fillies with gimlet eyes

Observation of race goers changing trains at Clapham Junction… Martin Addison – 24/06/2017

Neon Knights

Bathed in Neon
This Knight of the Road
Reflects on past glories