Poem Of The Week | Do You Require An Advice Slip? by Niall Bourke

Do You Require An Advice Slip?

By Niall Bourke

Make time each week to let the word Schnubart
molest your tongue; about-to- unblock is better
than the unblocking; spend more time watching
ants; learn to skim stones; seek out nature
documentaries that do not anthropomorphise
their protagonists; despite some initial promise
there is, in fact, limited comic potential for substituting
the words Liberian and librarian; do the washing up
so badly that you will never be asked to do it again;
wear a cloak sometime; seek opportunities to use
the word roustabout; force a cold caller to hang up
on you; the look on your brother’s face when his child
unwraps the trumpet you bought outweighs the cost;
the dimensions of toilet cubicles makes learning
the maracas a viable option while waiting in airports;
behold: the court sections of provincial newspapers;
the humming of a fridge can soften the sound of time
dripping down through the rafters, because that is
the why; lovingly lovingly; when out baiting badgers
ensure you put twigs down your britches for they won’t release –
until they hear a snap.


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