Oystercatcher Press

 LATER BRITAIN


by Ben Hickman 



B Hickman cover image





£5.00 A5 28pp. ISBN: 978-1-905885-72-5
 


THE VANITY OF HUMAN WISHES


Oh Dave you’ve been on that crosstrainer for ages, think
what you’re doing, how once your breath went
ahead, from hovel to conquest, from juvenilia
out. I know the time of annals makes way
for the era of totals, this necklace becomes a burden
like Bristow in 86, smoothness slowing until you stop
but without even the tragic consolation of fame
but if you like water just go in: you’ll still be here
in a stranger air, bubbles crowding your ears
until you believe it; confronted with Heartbreaking Scenes
don’t just say You should have seen the other guy.

I tell myself I’m in love, that I would cry out
into the tear-charged sky, my feet tingling
like spring grass, the underground river
rising through me. Oh Dave it’s you
as I dig down, distinguished for my skill
among Greeks everywhere.