Shadwell Smith: Two poems

Finding Dad in the Garage

He turns up at intervals,
mostly unannounced,
just long enough to stall
his permanent departure.
He can still surprise.
Make dramatic entrances
from the back of a wardrobe.
Whisper in my ear,
That’s me. Back row.
Third from the right.

This time he appeared
inside a shoebox
as a colourised print;
a young man
waving from a ferry.


Pressing PLAY

I heard you falter
on the C90 cassette.
November’s sudden demolition
carried in the slow turn
of your voice.

I tried to tell you
news of mum
and the seagull
in the loft,
but you were signals
on a reel of tape.
A phantom caller
leaving messages;
some last words.

Ready to be alive

Copyright © Shadwell Smith 2017

Shadwell’s poems have most recently appeared in Butcher’s Dog, Prole and Picaroon Poetry. He also sometimes appears in pubs, clubs and coffee shops performing them.


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