Category Archives: Brian Patten (7 February 1946 / Liverpool / England)

poem – i have changed the numbers

I have changed the numbers on my watch, And now perhaps something else will change. Now perhaps At precisely 2a.m. You will not get up And gathering your things together Go forever. Perhaps now you will find it is Far … Continue reading

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poem – doubt shall not make

Doubt shall not make an end of you nor closing eyes lose your shape when the retina’s light fades; what dawns inside me will light you. In our public lives we may confine ourselves to darkness, our nowhere mouths explain … Continue reading

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poem – there is a boat down

There is a boat down on the quay come home at last. The paint’s chipped, the sails stained as if Time’s pissed up against them. I imagine the sea routes it’s followed, Sailing through the world’s sunken veins With its … Continue reading

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poem – gust becos

Gust becos I cud not spel It did not mean I was daft When the boys in school red my riting Some of them laffed But now I am the dictater They have to rite like me Utherwise they cannot … Continue reading

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poem – the day i got my finger

When I got my finger stuck up my nose I 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 nose, It’s only … Continue reading

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poem – mr ifonly

Mr Ifonly sat down and he sighed, I could have done more if only I had tried If only I had followed my true intent If only I had done the things that I meant If only I had done … Continue reading

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poem – one another’s light

I do not know what brought me here Away from where I’ve hardly ever been and now Am never likely to go again. Faces are lost, and places passed At which I could have stopped, And stopping, been glad enough. … Continue reading

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