MORNING GLORY (from ‘Houses’)
I’m standing here
noisily stirring sugar
into the kettle
into tin cups
in a basin of cool water
thinking thoughtless thoughts
amidst kitchen and outside noises
in early morning light and steam
neighbour’s radio blares through the hedge
and finally morning dawns to the sleepers
the cock crowed
the clock bleeped
and I have been calling calling
What’s the time
hurry up hurry up
shower shower oh cold the shower
comb your hair brush your teeth
go back and brush your teeth again
a duck bath looks like
is the tea sugared?
the bread is nice and fresh this morning
can we break it instead of cutting?
watch that butter you’re not the only one eating
what are butter knives when you can butter with any knife?
like a machete? pass the machete please
such a clever idiot
hurry up or you’ll be late
read what? sign what?
why do you spring these up at the last minute?
where are you going? lost what? how much? what practice?
Leave him alone
This is not the time to fight
- must you get messed up NOW?
see you see you have a good day
look after your sister
yes you heard me just do it
Bye bye don’t stick your head out the window
go now that’s enough good byes
see you see you bye bye
God almighty what blessings
have you bestowed upon
your humble stressed out servant
I’m sitting here stirring thoughts into coffee
Breathing morning glory turned survival
To the tune of Abba singing Monday Monday Monday
From my neighbour’s full blast radio.