‘Edenbray in Exile’
A Retrospective Anthology of Poetry, Articles and Essays
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BOTTLE OF POP
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I was the figurehead you were the mailer
When sober men met to discuss the future
Of inspiration that divides without taking sides
The elegance of women always paves the way for
Pain resolved, leaders panned and scribbled in
Who take a cue from the monkey still in the zoo
Or write poems that deny us through and through
He saw what I saw and I saw what they saw
The can of garbage and some ever-ripe strawberries
Dress cleanly in an olive oil cup the weathered salad
So fresh and filled with both ignominy and goldfish-hope
Who bought children’s money and rescued seals
#Authors Note ~ The sixties! – were an unusual time and from where I was standing, living through them was very different to how most people might think. Those who weren’t there that is.
A creative writer has to be bold, experimental, to take risks and sometimes call it wrong, sometimes call it right!
This piece on, the face of it, represents a kind of homily to a beautiful and startling icon of the sixties – fashion model – Jean Shrimpton who is representing that ‘swinging’ time … Jean is the bottle of pop – but the words somehow don’t match the title, the personality of the super-model- doesn’t quite match the character of the piece.
The words are questions and challenges, certainly transcendental if not psychedelic. For me they are down to earth and poignant as opposed to sensational and esoteric. There is a dichotomy and a tension. The subject of the piece is there but merely an onlooker and for me as a written piece the narrator is a wise, surgeon of words who hovers over the era more like a modern-day drone than a far-out reveller. edenbraytoday