LUCY VAN #2: London Court

Jousting knights on the hour

Di, you know the statue was

Walter Raleigh

 

Yagan clicks, shopping for

kilt and Scotch finger

 

a mother in the rain

the end of a piano lesson

how quickly the day goes

how wicked—

 

why here, why now?

A quarter hour, a half hour

what is it with this

city and clocks

and Tudor style?

‘Life,’ she said, ‘is not like that’

 

she spoke of her father

 

Saint George and his Dragon

St Georges Terrace

an hour licked off the face

 

a song and dance marking

a before and an after she

becomes an episode

or a reason to

park at the hospital

 

not silence. Restraint

 

a two-hour phone call to

an orthodontist a baffled

apology/shingles blister

under the relentless blue

 

arcade-shaped schizoid in time, like any arcade no

after no after only time-zone:

Synchronome Co., London, El Dorado

 

 

past Fremantle

a white room where Boston ivy grows

through cracks
 
 

Lucy Van
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Lucy writes about poetry and photography. She is a post-doctoral researcher in the English and Theatre Studies program at the University of Melbourne, and an editor at Cordite Poetry Review. Lucy also writes lyric and prose poems, and has set words to music with Coastal Shelf, Leo James and Laila Sakini.