3 poems by Mark Waldron

    Little Men


    What is an uptown man but a blurt

    chinny chin chin


    but a plea chinny chin chin





    tenderised by this rickety peace he’s living in

    This peace that hangs as poison fruit in the tree tree trees





    Three little men


    dot dot dot


    I’ll blow your top in

    I’ll rasher you streaky

    I’ll nosh your little house right off with my to-attention teeth



    Rows of soldiers


    hid for now behind the plump hedges of their come-hithers



    What type of king is making the roof go down little men



    What kind of king ra ra ra




    Chinny chin chin

    chinny chin



    dot dot dot

    L-L-Let me in


    For ever and ever



    What do you want chief

    with your


    woebegone like a catchall


    Do you take me for a spectacle




    Or Elephantine Or Squished




    Or ears like halleluiahbubble

    pip pip




    I hear you

    Our father who art squished


    Fish come up to eat

    the la la flies


    as dogs go down

    to chop the dirty




    Forgive me my respite


    My kingdom has holes in it

    The opposites of sausages



    Am I made of lemons




    Did you like me for a chirrup


    O what is your purpose soldier boy on the edge of there in your C-Crimean c-costume



    Trees about


    And that d-lady dressed in whitely robes –


    a-floating ghostling




    Easy-peasy I am knocked together

    bottle glue



    corrugated cardboard

    down whose pokey corridors: all sorts of not a lot


    I am one I made earlier




    The soldier has nothing for here and so bangs off on no I don’t care and you too


    (to the monotonous beat of the humdrum)



    A little bit this A little bit that



    Don’t try stay with me

    for I will stay with d-lady


    This carpet has marvellous spots



    The stripy one not so much


    And there we must leave us and everything about to go boom


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    Mark Waldron’s fourth collection, 'Sweet, like Rinky-Dink' was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2019. He was selected as a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society in 2014.