Default Mode Network #1
Everything is complicated, or at least
my excuses are complicated: here is a patio-heater
falling out of a lorry; here I am tasering my leg
for reasons that are difficult to explain.
Or everything is simple: the explosion of a life
when the rows of dynamite had appeared so neat;
the stranded whale put down after a dose of ketamine;
the dog circling the injured vulture.
It’s a long road to the grassy-mound where I can rest.
It’s a long road across a marsh that leads back
to the beginning. The walls are slipping.
A blue castle deflates in a sigh.
GEORGE AYRES recently completed an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College. His poems have featured in Agenda, Ambit, Poetry London, ALMANAC, Marble Poetry and elsewhere.