15 October 2012

A Poem for the Lovesick


15 October 1984
24 years old
Melbourne
Thought of Porl all day again and wore my necklace into school with the skirt and top I wore the night we talked and talked together all night until the next day. C pointed out a poem in the book Linda's lent her and I thought it relevant and good enough to rewrite here and remember always.

TONIGHT AT NOON by Adrian Henri

Tonight at noon Supermarkets will advertise 3p extra on everything
Tonight at noon
Children from happy families will be sent to live in a home
Elephants will tell each other human jokes
America will declare peace on Russia
World War I generals will sell poppies on the street on November 11th
The first daffodils of autumn will appear
When the leaves fall upwards to the trees 

Tonight at noon
Pigeons will hunt cats through city backyards
Hitler will tell us to fight on the beaches and on the landing fields
A tunnel full of water will be built under Liverpool
Pigs will be sighted flying in formation over Woolton
And Nelson will not only get his eye back but his arm as well 
White Americans will demonstrate for equal rights In front of the Black house
And the monster has just created Dr. Frankenstein 

Girls in bikinis are moonbathing
Folksongs are being sung by real folk
Art galleries are closed to people over 21
Poets get their poems in the Top 20
Politicians are elected to insane assylums
There's jobs for everybody and nobody wants them
In back alleys everywhere teenage lovers are kissing
in broad daylight

In forgotten graveyards everywhere the dead will quietly bury the living          
and
You will tell me you love me
Tonight at noon

Many thanks to the Club Mekon website, which saved me retyping this poem! 

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    1. The necklace he's wearing in this picture, is the one he gave me.

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  2. poemForgot this poem till I read it again here! I think I took this pic? Cxx

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    1. I'd forgotten all about it too. No doubt, you must have taken this pic! x

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