Friday, 14 December 2007

Poetry From Handshake

Handshake is the news-sheet of the Eight Hand Gang and is available
at irregular intervals providing you supply John Haines with SAE's.
In Handshake 65 I spotted a gem of a poem. It's by Geoff Stevens, a
talented and prolific writer.

Coming Down for Air

Guy Gibson in a bleeding poppy field
near RAF Scrampton in Lincolnshire
hot in blue serge on a summer's day
reading a throw-away novel
trying to relax his tinnitus
attempting to get that dan-dan-dan
dan-danta-dan background music
out of his war-torn mind
before it was time to go up again
carrying Barnes-Wallis bouncing babies
over to the industrial Ruhr
on yet another dam trip to Germany

c) Geoff Stevens

SAE's for Handshakes should be sent to: 5 Cross Farm, Station Road North,
Fearnhead, Warrington WA2 0QG, England.
Geoff's new book Absinthe on Your Ice Cream can be ordered from 25 Griffiths
Road, West Bromwich, B71 2EH, England. Price 7.99p

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