Neil Coppen

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Second Hand Sentiments


 Give me

step ladders and terminaly ill light bulbs

Blinking to the painful end

Give me

the silenced song of my grandmother’s singer sewing machine

Your afflictions with the found and forgotten

Objects— do not bleed

Though may break or rust


far more inconsistent

prone to collapse and lust

Best succumb to second hand sentiment


With the objective analysis’s of objects and their overriding objectives

Seek poetry in the junk heap

enlightenment in the metaphysical conceit

of a bulb with it’s a filament blown

the tragedy of a chipped seventies tea-set

Still pining for the lips it’s porcelain once kissed

Trace the journey of bed side lamps

Second- hand books

Mourn the laminated slavery of those bereft and belonging to public libraries

freedom curtailed by purple stamps

Misconstrue the tales of sepia soldiers

immortal now in moth-hall frame

Repair the unthreaded eyes of childhood teddies

Adopt a three legged chair

grant it a corner then name

Arrange antiquated cameras into Cycloptic monsters

Tossed tri-pods into tangoing spiders

Angry or amorous –connotation depending

fighting or fucking—denotation pending

Sifting solemnly through the forgotten fray

Thumbing the dewy decimal system with questions

filing answers under A.    

Then take a minute or two

To ponder the sadness of stopped clocks

broken watches

fish bowls of faulty time

wear them on our wrists

in the hope we can love the length of that immovable hour

interminable day

when in 1958 or 9

three seconds after twelve

Mr Smith took a winter swim

and much to his dismay


that his family heirloom was not water- proof

but made to throw away.

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2 Comments to

“Second Hand Sentiments”

  1. On July 19th, 2009 at 8:54 pm Luke O Says:

    Beautiful. I dare not comment further, for fear of breaking the beauty of your language.


  2. On July 20th, 2009 at 7:53 am Angella Says:

    wow neil… beautifully charged…

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