Notes & Noises - poetry and music
Notes & Noises - poetry and music
A Cracked Thing
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A Cracked Thing

Season 1.4: Walking the busy Dublin pavements during rush hour.

His whiskey legs, like pistons,
Punch the heaving city streets.
And splashing through the noise and rush,
He reaches out to meet,


A rolly, dangling from his lip
splits smoke escaping as it lingers;
Ringing ‘round his withered wrist,
It slips between his fragile fingers,


Waiting arched like spiders legs;
Poised to pinch it from his bite,
‘fore it drops from drooping jaw,
That hangs aghast in false delight;


At delirious reflections,
That deceive in shop displays.
His ferocious form is famed,
His haggard cheeks all gone adaze.


And with pumped up chest and chin,
He grips his precious moment tight;
And strains to hold his lie within;
Yet, as if it all to spite,


He sees himself, each sorry choice,
As waypoints gone adrift;
Untethered now they dance in flight,
Like embers dying as they lift.


And weakening; his chest relents,
It cracks and bends to pull the spine.
Wherein his breath obliterates;
The fantasy sublime.


His mind; unpaused onto to street.
Again the city grinds.
And steadying, he takes a drag.
Two steps to fall in time.

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Read more from Season 1…

This is the first season of Notes and Noises. If you liked this (or didn’t) why not take a quick look at some of the other posts in the series:

  1. At Breakfast

  2. By the Pier

  3. Walks

  4. A Cracked Thing

  5. Loose Changes

  6. Away

  7. The Castle Garden

  8. Out at 4pm

  9. Box of Rain

  10. Pulling at the Surface

  11. The Best Version

  12. Can You Describe It?

  13. Bulb

  14. A Break in the Sun

  15. People Person


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