It's Friday And They Don't Send Flowers Anymore



Itís Friday and they donít send flowers anymore. There is no opening in this door:

just a punched hole of perspex, warm and smoky against my cheek.I see...


A void of chequered floor, an empty corridor, no-one allowed to visit anymore.


No more tripping of days in a blind haze of city streets, high on the secretions

of forbidden adrenal glands.No more soft-centred clapping of hands.

No more passes for the day.And all for my own good, they say.


Would that I were past caring: past wanting to share in the mad rambling circus

of life... would that I could resign to a life confined: would that I could endure,

but their pharmacology cannot affect a cure.


Yesterday, I ran helter-skelter, naked as a baby, all the way down the high street:

handing out fistfuls of fivers to any woman I saw with sad brown eyes:

any woman who looked like you.


I am burning my wings, my beautiful angel wings.The flames are carmine,

scarlet, vermilion and crimson: hot as painted canvas; raw and violent

as unreciprocated dreams.


There are shadows within the shadows.The ward is filled with shadows;

and I am kept awake thruí the pre-dawn hours.The lithium, they say, is ineffectual.

I am unresolved: their science, a library of undifferentiated symbols.


I cannot sleep.The blood rubs rough against the thin walls of my arteries: a skein

of chemicals, devoid of volition, simmering in a gurgle of de-oxygenated agitation.


I smoke too many cigarettes.The nicotine clogs up, but does not dissolve,

the acid salts beneath this skin.I am too thin: these protruding bones,

a too prominent intimation of my mortality.


Autumn winds blow rusted leaves past the ward windows.Pensioner women wear

poppies and think about dead lovers.And every time I close my eyes I see your face.


There is too much time for remembrance: not enough television to confuse

the senses.I hear a sad trumpet.The queen lays down a wreathe

in the blue flickering light.Summer is a closed door.

Itís Friday... and they donít send flowers anymore.







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