After Words #1 :Then Gently Go
(after Acker Bilk and Dylan Thomas)

I wonder if you hear me. If you do
then who is it you hear?
Not
me, I'm not that much a fool. I have to
go
though, mum. I'll leave you with the
gentle
sounds of Jazz FM and turn your face
into
dad's turtleneck. (A fleece
that
made you smile six months ago.) Be
good.
I have to go now, mum. I'll say good
night.
 
Mr Acker Bilk was all the
rage
when you first met. There's no
rage
here, it's just you've turned your back
against
both land and sea. A stranger on
the
shore, but do you hear the
dying
tremolo of clarinet and does it smell
of
sea or antiseptic spray?
The
tears are burning in my eyes. I'll dim your
light.