Ian Royce Chamberlain

November

Madam Buddleia, remember her?
Summer’s wasteland tart
all headiness and perfumed purple
shameless in her husseying
promiscuous with bees –
the tongue-tip tricks she turned –
those eager butterflies…

Autumn draggles her – nothing left
to flaunt but a gale’s toss
of silver petticoats. She’s bowed
stick-legged, spindly, no more
hey buzzy-boy, you like a lick o’ nectar
down behind this rubble stack
this street corner crack.

Now she’s banking what she made –
seeding ditches, gutters, playgrounds
anywhere will do – alleyway endowments
for the future; blowsy trouper
waves her children off
to populate the railway tracks
like vagrants, miles out of town.

Ian is a Moor Poet, co-founder of Teignmouth Poetry Festival and a regular at Southwest literary and open-mic events. His carefully crafted poems swing from out-and-out performance to the deeply thought-provoking. His work has been rewarded with many competition placings and has appeared in numerous anthologies. A first collection, ‘stumble into grace’, was published in 2012; the second full collection will be published in 2017, along with an intriguingly themed pamphlet.

Ian is a Moor Poet, co-founder of Teignmouth Poetry Festival and a regular at Southwest literary and open-mic events. His carefully crafted poems swing from out-and-out performance to the deeply thought-provoking. His work has been rewarded with many competition placings and has appeared in numerous anthologies. A first collection, ‘stumble into grace’, was published in 2012; the second full collection will be published in 2017, along with an intriguingly themed pamphlet.