A Long Day Out With Jack Butler Yeats by Paul Tristram

I spent the entire morning
sat hopeful in the audience
of ‘The Talent’
Watching and listening,
as she poured forth
half a lifetime’s worth
of heartbreak and sorrow
right up into the rafters,
bat-shaking their pilgrimage
towards a Musical God.
The afternoon, I witnessed
the ‘Return Of The Wanderer’
hesitate in his road-worn shoes,
fumble with a pocket
of disintegrating dog-ends,
old Creamline bus tickets
and broken Swan Vesta matches.
As he hovered,
clenched mind, fist and desire
before taking those last
few heavy steps home.
The evening I travelled by carriage
with a ‘Man In A Train Thinking’.
I offered him a pear drop,
and tried pointing out the rich fullness
of the darkening blue skies
alive just beyond his right shoulder…
But, he was oblivious to all
but his frown and the cause of it.
I then unframed my attention,
got off at the next stop
and platformed my walk, delicately,
back to the colours
brushstroke-slashing my own troubles.

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Paul Tristram is a Welsh writer who has poems, short stories, sketches and photography published in many publications around the world, he yearns to tattoo porcelain bridesmaids instead of digging empty graves for innocence at midnight; this too may pass, yet. Buy his books ‘Scribblings Of A Madman’ (Lit Fest Press) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1943170096 ‘Poetry From The Nearest Barstool’ at http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1326241036 And a split poetry book ‘The Raven And The Vagabond Heart’ with Bethany W Pope at http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1326415204 You can also read his poems and stories here! http://paultristram.blogspot.co.uk/

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