Oh you move
through me like smoke
clinging to my clothes
stinging my eyes
your hair stacks up
like 45s on a Dansette
you make me fight myself
want to dance.
You’ve no idea
how perfect you are
I appeal to sense
to the side that might compose
but the order just seems to
turn into elegy; chords rising
from the page
sweeping me up into dangerous ideas
like scent and the way you rest and dress
the way you hold your chest
Mm what a fucking flight of fancy
Maybe I’ll always be this way
reaching out in vanity, some might say
when everything I need is
tucked beneath my belt
no one has the right to be spoilt
loving you and it really is from afar
well it can’t be helped.
I just want you to know
that I mean it
before it wears off.
Paul Fryer, Don’t Be So, page 111, 112
(the illustration of M.S. on MS. Mirage is a photograph by Damien Hirst, 2002)
Don’t Be So (ISBN 0-9542079-2-0) is the first book of poems by Paul Fryer, published by Trolley Ltd. Each poem is illustrated by Damien Hirst’s collages, photomontages and photographs. All rights are reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, transmitted or stored without permission from Trolley Ltd.
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