The Sharp Knife Shadows (after The Delgados) The sharp knife shadows the patient horrors surface from the sea of mind, sea of night upon all the zoo animal days muttering unreasonable demands pointing through the rusty bars at the blue things, the blue sky deflected as if by semi-trailer, doom typhoon, the busted brakes of love soft forms beneath the counter wait shotgun, club, machete or stun gun & should there ever be a metallic song a metallic you, then I guess a metallic me.
Ah it was just a flash answering on a talk show the question 'Why do you write?' my reply lasted well into the break and continued until the next one I went on and on and kept at it till the next and then the next there were lists and catalogues colours and smells and stories the hostess gradually lost her smile and still I talked about love and the oceans and the fish and the forests and the people staying in the light and the vigor no I won't go into it now
what would it mean to you only I mean it went on forever no hook and no resolution the cameras switched off the auditorium still filling up and I saved to the very end their reason I was there signifying something how could I count them all and woke up sweating
Madness and poetry it mattered to some replay the old records leave those kids alone question mark the page rock the dictionary the times are different play the phone for hours and wish to sleep a life away I interview a 14-year-old today name of Snake he was cool trying hard to escape mum and agent in the room the name of the game change his name to Scott what can you do poetry and madness it mattered to some
Imagine for John Lennon I wonder if you can imagine all the people hungry imagining you the children being beaten imagine the next cruelty the tears the terrible fears the million factory stiffs imagine the mine workers well I wonder if you can go underground hear the siren feel the weight without religion imagine you can’t move well I wonder if you can imagine a world without music the end of sound and song of sight and thought and colour imagine the rocks and walls the hard pain and sorrow imagine all the people well I wonder if you can