Poetry: Selections from Danny D. Ford



Ciggie & a Smile

when my aunt
moved in with us
she took a job
in an old people’s home
up the road
 
she never seemed bothered
by the smells and the filth
& all the imminent death
 
the old people’s home
wasn’t bad either
 
except there was one lady
she said
that gave her the creeps
 
‘sleep walks
with her eyes open..’
she said
 
‘..except
she hasn’t got any eyes
anymore’



A Man Clipped

my
wing
mirror
 
I got out
in a red mist
 
& the man
had a small dog
and a cancer throat
 
& both caught me off guard
 
a voice
like a tractor
& the dog
 
barking & jumping
on the back seat
going mental
 
it was his fault
but he said
if mine wasn’t broken
we could just leave it
 
his was broken
 
& I saw him
 
in the reflection
 
struggling
 
with the shattered glass
 
of another day



Sibling SeeSaw

I was about to lift
the second pint
to my lips
but
was alarmed
by the time
of the call
 
I excused myself
across a wooden bench
 
through gasping
tears
she told me
 
he had
cut his fingers off
 
I put the pint
down
 
tried to talk her
down
 
hung up
excused myself again
threw up
in the outside
toilet



She Tells Me She’s Going

for a walk
by the lake
 
but it’s a manmade pond
 
an attempt to make
out of town offices
more acceptable
on the eye





Danny D. Ford’s poetry & artwork have appeared in numerous online & print journals including Three Poets 5 (Hickathrift Press) Raffle’ & Wellbeing (Poems For All) Sunshine JunkieFlexeril HaikusSlides for Alberto (Between Shadows Press) and Perforated by Sirens (Analog Submission Press). 

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