Brian Patten
You Come To Me Quiet As Rain Not Yet Fallen by Brian Patten

You Come To Me Quiet As Rain Not Yet Fallen by Brian Patten

You come to me quiet as rain not yet fallenAfraid of how you might fail yourself yourdress seven summers old is kept openin memory of sex, smells warm, of boys,and of the once ...

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When You Wake Tomorrow by Brian Patten

When You Wake Tomorrow by Brian Patten

I will give you a poem when you wake tomorrow. It will be a peaceful poem. It won’t make you sad. It won’t make you miserable. It will simply be a poem to give you When you ...

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Simple Lyric by Brian Patten

Simple Lyric by Brian Patten

When I think of her sparkling face And of her body that rocked this way and that, When I think of her laughter, Her jubilance that filled me, It’s a wonder I’m not gone mad. ...

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And Nothing Is Ever As You Want It To Be by Brian Patten

And Nothing Is Ever As You Want It To Be by Brian Patten

You lose your love for her and then It is her who is lost, And then it is both who are lost, And nothing is ever as perfect as you want it to be. In a very ordinary world A ...

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Party Piece by Brian Patten

Party Piece by Brian Patten

He said:'Let's stay hereNow this place has emptiedAnd make gentle pornography with one another,While the partygoers go outAnd the dawn creeps in, Like a stranger.Let us not ...

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Sometimes It Happens by Brian Patten

Sometimes It Happens by Brian Patten

And sometimes it happens that you are friends and thenYou are not friends,And friendship has passed.And whole days are lost and among themA fountain empties itself.And sometimes ...

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The Day I Got My Finger Stuck Up My Nose by Brian Patten

The Day I Got My Finger Stuck Up My Nose by Brian Patten

When I got my finger stuck up my noseI went to a doctor, who said,"Nothing like this has happened before,We will have to chop off your head.""It's only my finger stuck up my ...

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Gust Becos I Cud Not Spel by Brian Patten

Gust Becos I Cud Not Spel by Brian Patten

Gust becos I cud not spelIt did not mean I was daftWhen the boys in school red my ritingSome of them laffedBut now I am the dictaterThey have to rite like meUtherwise they cannot ...

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Minister For Exams by Brian Patten

Minister For Exams by Brian Patten

When I was a child I sat an exam.This test was so simpleThere was no way i could fail.Q1. Describe the taste of the Moon.It tastes like Creation I wrote,it has the flavour of ...

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First Love by Brian Patten

First Love by Brian Patten

Falling in love was like falling down the stairsEach stair had her name on itAnd he went bouncing down each one like a tongue-tiedlunaticOne day of loving her was an ordinary ...

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There Is A Boat Down On The Quay by Brian Patten

There Is A Boat Down On The Quay by Brian Patten

There is a boat down on the quay come home at last.The paint's chipped, the sails stained as ifTime's pissed up against them.I imagine the sea routes it's followed,Sailing through ...

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Mr Ifonly by Brian Patten

Mr Ifonly by Brian Patten

Mr Ifonly sat down and he sighed,I could have done more if only I had triedIf only I had followed my true intentIf only I had done the things that I meantIf only I had done the ...

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So Many Different Lengths Of Time by Brian Patten

So Many Different Lengths Of Time by Brian Patten

How long does a man live after all?A thousand days or only one?One week or a few centuries?How long does a man spend living or dyingand what do we mean when we say gone ...

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Remembering Snow by Brian Patten

Remembering Snow by Brian Patten

I did not sleep last night.The falling snow was beautiful and white.I dressed, sneaked down the stairsAnd opened wide the door.I had not seen such snow before.Our grubby little ...

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Geography Lesson by Brian Patten

Geography Lesson by Brian Patten

Our teacher told us one day he would leaveAnd sail across a warm blue seaTo places he had only known from maps,And all his life had longed to be.The house he lived in was narrow ...

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Doubt Shall Not Make An End Of You by Brian Patten

Doubt Shall Not Make An End Of You by Brian Patten

Doubt shall not make an end of younor closing eyes lose your shapewhen the retina's light fades;what dawns inside me will light you.In our public lives we may confine ourselves to ...

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One Another’s Light by Brian Patten

One Another’s Light by Brian Patten

I do not know what brought me hereAway from where I’ve hardly ever been and nowAm never likely to go again.Faces are lost, and places passedAt which I could have stopped,And ...

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In Tintagel Graveyard by Brian Patten

In Tintagel Graveyard by Brian Patten

Who brought flowers to this grave?I, said the wren.I brought them as seeds and thenWatched them grow.No, said the wind. That's not true.I blew them across the moor and sea,I blew ...

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The Right Mask by Brian Patten

The Right Mask by Brian Patten

One night a poem came up to a poetFrom now on, it said, you must wear a mask.What kind of mask? asked the poet.A rose mask, said the poem.I've used it already, said the poet,I've ...

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The Innocence Of Any Flesh Sleeping by Brian Patten

The Innocence Of Any Flesh Sleeping by Brian Patten

Sleeping beside you I dreamtI woke beside you;Waking beside youI thought I was dreaming.Have you ever slept beside an ocean?Well yes,It is like this.The whole motion of ...

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The Newcomer by Brian Patten

The Newcomer by Brian Patten

'There's something new in the river,'The fish said as it swam.'It's got no scales, no fins and no gills,And ignores the impassable dam.''There's something new in the trees.'I ...

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Nor The Sun Its Selling Power by Brian Patten

Nor The Sun Its Selling Power by Brian Patten

They say her words were like balloonswith strings I could not hold,that her love was something in a shopcheap and far too quickly sold;but the tree does not price its applesnor ...

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I Have Changed The Numbers On My Watch by Brian Patten

I Have Changed The Numbers On My Watch by Brian Patten

I have changed the numbers on my watch,And now perhaps something else will change.Now perhapsAt precisely 2a.m.You will not get upAnd gathering your things togetherGo ...

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You Come To Me Quiet As Rain Not Yet Fallen by Brian Patten

You Come To Me Quiet As Rain Not Yet Fallen by Brian Patten

You come to me quiet as rain not yet fallenAfraid of how you might fail yourself yourdress seven summers old is kept openin memory of sex, smells warm, of boys,and of the once ...

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