Owen Bullock: 3 poems

  Owen Bullock

  3 poems
 

 
  JPR 08

 talk

that woman I like at the supermarket
had a new hairdo

I said
‘you look different’

she seemed embarrassed
perhaps offended

I added
‘it looks very nice
as well as different’

she looked displeased

when she handed me my change
she said quietly
‘you have a nice day’

 training

a line and a smudge

Craig’s a very jealous person

                    there’s training for desk politics

                              did Andy Warhol have a comb-over?

                                        angels play table tennis…

kunst kunst

no one forgoes the lyric

                    Vegan lip balm

                                      Dear Burglar
                                      We Forgive You

 Pancakes for Neptune
inspired by the documentary ‘Maidentrip
I’m making pancakes for Neptune —

his funding was cut in the last round
and I wanted to show support
for his long term commitment
to the maritime community

142 scholarships in the last twelve years alone —
some deprived souls
wouldn’t have run away from home
and never been found
if not for his intervention

he’s an acerbic character
but his smile makes me tender
he has a subtle, congenial handshake —
I’m making him some pancakes

 
Australian poet Owen Bullock.
 

Owen Bullock’s most recent publications are Work & Play (Recent Work Press, 2017) and Semi (Puncher & Wattmann, 2017). He teaches creative writing at the University of Canberra.

 

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