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Between Stations

September 9, 2009

From the 2009 qarrtsiluni chapbook contest finalist Wavelengths, by Dick Jones

Between stations lies
what I call, faute
de mieux
, the real world.

Long jawbones of houses,
each exposed like molars,
upturned and particular.

Here, a garden tricycle,
tilted onto a bony shoulder.
Fallen or pushed? And there,

beanrows and water features,
gouts of flowers like
spilled butter and blood.

And someone sleeping,
pinned to a blanket
like a specimen whilst

a girl in green
at an open window
waves a ‘phone, yelling,

frozen, voiceless, like
a gargoyle. All so clear
then immolated at

a track’s turning. This
is how our lives
walk and talk, coughing

syllables heard by no one,
throwing shapes that
are black against obsidian.

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Dick Jones, a musician and recently retired drama teacher, has been writing seriously for the past 20 years. His poems and short stories have been published in a wide range of magazines, both on- and offline.

  1. September 11, 2009 at 5:45 am

    Wonderful poem, wonderfully read.

  2. September 11, 2009 at 10:31 am

    How well I remember my first train ride out of London and seeing those backyards, with the same emotional tone you’ve captured here, Dick, in both the words and the reading. This remains a favorite poem of mine. Thank you.

  3. Ivy
    September 11, 2009 at 1:34 pm


  4. September 11, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Wonderfully descriptive piece, Dick. Brilliantly read. Bravo.

  5. September 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Many thanks, everyone. Much appreciated. I shall post more podcasts with poems published on the blog.

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