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Published Poetry

Published Poetry

Fossil Gatherer

Propping up rusty railings by the shore – listening -
between eyelashes I saw flapping, it sounded like applause.

A skeletal osprey limped along cracked hot granite,

eyeing a red crab drowning in sunshine.

The crab was crunched — then wriggled.
Oscillating sine waves tickled the air,

a spider drowned in a bucket

next to my foot – squealing

Dirty fingernails scraped the earth
seeking out ancient dead: their stone-shadows

now ghostly skeletal images –

crushed in time and spatial vectors,
to emit crackling and spitting messages:

reminiscent of Italian and Chinese Art – in a white room.
With a high-brow air, but whining,
like a London Tube train,

late at night

then rubber-necking at the hard platform’s lip.
I watched litter swirling, between the tracks,
sniffed the warm rubber,

and flinched at metallic noises.

Ivor Griffiths 2007

Her at No. 29

Green Sequoia, slow down – take the joy of her,
Slow down and breathe the coy her, feelings
tapping on the broken window, in half-life light.
Get down, feathers and a shilling, wrap them

in a white shade of hessian — rough touch
smoothes a flinching wince,
like a stone frog catching flies.
It’s in the blood, 1989: On the wire

floating above a garden, dreaming
a compost smell, hiding a wobbly
neighbour, staring through the sash-windows
that squeal open, like cats drowning.

Smoke haze in the kitchen, everyone smoking
and talking; laughing at shiny photographs.
Monotone edged in white, like the life
of the neighbour’s wife, shaking to a bongo
and tidying like Andy Warhol.

Ivor Griffiths 2007

These are some early poems that I have now decided not to develop. They are however all copyright. Enjoy.

  • Emotional Cripple
  • Fugitive is
  • Grey Scale
  • Guardian Angel
  • I don’t like the Settee take it back
  • I remember the gasworks’
  • Iron Lung is Noisy
  • The Mole Catcher
  • Knifed
  • Los Angeles in September
  • Magic Medicine
  • Nightmare sticks
  • Sentimental Reminiscence
  • Septuagenarian Suicide Pact
  • Silverdale
  • The Mole Catcher
  • the undertakers son
  • The Weaver inspired by Theodore Roethke’s “The Waking”
  • Tough Guy
  • Transitory termination can be a good thing
  • Wasp in the room