His Arms Were a Graphic Novel

It wasn’t the person from Porlock; it was my aunt

Who got on the bus, brought my poem to an end.

My notebook slumped on my lap as she told me

The long sad story of a friend.





When she got off I had my chance but this young bloke

Sat next to me, iPod blaring, hair swooped back.

It was the White Stripes live from Splendour.

How could I not listen ? It was Meg and Jack.





But then a cross-eyed biker got on, hair in a rat’s tail,

Skin graffitied with tatts. How could I not look?

His arms a graphic novel. Then a woman got on

Shouting into her mobile, angry as ‘The Angry Book’.





The sad sack on the other end was out for the count.

Luckily Coleridge didn’t board this bus

while he was dreaming ‘Kubla Khan’. He wouldn’t

have written a word. The poem would be dust.





  • picture courtesy of Pinterest by TheTatt

24 thoughts on “His Arms Were a Graphic Novel

  1. thanks Bob: ‘The Man from Porlock’ mentioned at the beginning was the visitor who famously interrupted Coleridge during the writing of ‘Kubla Khan’ which remains a fragment of what might have been —

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  2. Why are poems so vapourous, I wonder wisping off to nothing if we don’t pin them immediately to paper? I guess it’s because they’re not accountable – those that escape. Fugitive poems tucked in bus seat crevices sniggering against our butt cheeks.

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