Treasure Island

michael oliver

(13-4-1948 / swansea)

Giving it large a homage to S.D.


Under the lamp
under the sodium
a yellow quick clasp
Well mate how does
-release not release
greeted then gone
-old wisdom - we wont-

round the corner

Who's giving it large
I was not giving it large
I was not giving it large
I was not giving it large


- a kids pleadom -
- ham fisted ham acted-
- loud voiced -
- rough voiced -
- scream shout woman -
- betrayed - undelayed - displayed -
- as expected -
- the black cardigan breasts -
- of gestured jabs -
- from fat shoulders -
- arms round open -
- flat hands -
- soap opera -
- learning -
- soap opera -
- questions -

He thin
- a puppet -
- thin cigarette held -
Spoke smoke
- into -
- leant to -
- into -
- a fractious haze -
- with friction -

Of social housing intensity
A street blood sport

I was not giving it large
I was not giving it large
Who said giving it large
I did not say you were giving it large
I did not say you were giving it large


The frenetic of forgetting
To smoke
To breathe
I was not giving it large
I did not say you were giving it large
-etc - by etc -etc - by etc...

Submitted: Saturday, March 02, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, March 05, 2013

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I read High Sierra by Scotty Dogg and here i have tried to emulate it using observations from my own culture.

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  • Tim Vallie (3/8/2013 3:30:00 AM)

    I think some concepts within the poem escaped my grasp upon the first read. It feels like something you could read a hundred different times and get something different out of it every time you read it. It's extremely unique and abstract. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Steven Ralph (3/4/2013 5:05:00 PM)

    I'm trying to send this via email but it won't let me! ! ! ! Poemhunter bastards! ! ............................


    You'll get it. Keep trying! (In the mean time you're coming up with some really original stuff. No one is doing your type of stuff and that's great!)

    I'm working on one where I'm going to put the wrong word in places where you would least expect it. It's kind of a nonsense thing but it'll be fun to read. I'll send you some of it when I get it right. Right now it's just floating around in my head. S. (Report) Reply

  • Steven Ralph (3/2/2013 6:36:00 PM)

    Oh Man! This is so freakin' good! ! I love it. Less is more Man! I love the repeats akin to Whitman. There's just so much I like. The smoking. The soap opera. This is an exquisite abstract painting that I want to hang in my living room! I'm flattered you gave me a nod as well. Thanks! (Report) Reply

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