Two Poems - David Ross Linklater

David Ross Linklater | 16 May 2018

 

 

 

Ways to Muse

 

When asked, why write?

 

Anne said it’s like masturbation.

 

Johnny it’s Greta Garbo weeping

 

but she wants you to watch.

 

Courtney said it’s your avant

 

gardener tending the weeds.

 

Alexis because

 

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

 

said she’d always be unhappy

 

unless she bought a Moleskine.

 

The loud one said for immortality.

 

The quiet, it’s quite therapeutic,

 

Cal said for fame and head

 

and everyone laughed but we all knew

 

the latter would be just fine

 

if it didn’t take so damn long

 

to write a decent poem.

 

Evelyn even said because imagination

 

is a wolf waiting to part your throat

 

if not fed, that edits are the muzzle.

 

Funny no one mentioned the rent

 

or downgraded internet package.

 

I think writing is a person

 

willing to lose at everything

 

again and again, beautiful and alone,

 

the perfect loser.

 

 

 

Traction

 

Walk to diagnose the trouble, to explain

 

strangers moving over the mirror.

 

It takes time to learn patience

 

and that’s just a word parents use to stop

 

their children getting rich before them.

 

There are too many worried people  

 

waiting to fill buses that never arrive,

 

waiting for a fall addressed to the centre

 

that never comes. It takes years to straighten

 

the timetable that keeps you stuck

 

in rotation, to lose the excess routes.

 

Placidity is temperamental. So trials

 

of prescription drugs, this big dread

 

in the corner, educations that educate,

 

going for walks and being dramatic, losing

 

the will in shoes with no traction, the good fight

 

with weaponry of your own making.

 

There’s keeping curtains drawn

 

and there’s decorating your own prison.

 

There’s a lot to inherit and a lot isn’t worth much.

 

It’s easy to get lost in that, wasted hours

 

are never made back, that’s just the way of it

 

or at least that’s how everything moved today.

 

David Ross Linklater’s pamphlet ‘Black Box’ was published in February 2018 with Speculative Books. Hailing from the Highlands, he lives and writes in Glasgow. You can follow him on twitter at @DavidRossLinkla

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