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Ryan Norman - tonight I want to live and

I am trying my best but still the evening trees are printed against the darkening blue

I want so much more life from this city but every time I absorb this scene I feel ashamed

how many would kill for this darkening blue

how many have it and don’t notice

how many want me to come into their lives

not me exactly but the idea of someone like me

how many have the idea of my life

tonight with its rain on the patio in the porch light

each drop as brief as the time I have with the moss on the brick wall

with the withered leaves that continue to scatter about the road


Ryan Norman is a poet from Hull. His work has appeared in The Rialto, bath magg, Poetry Wales, The Moth, Poetry Salzburg Review and elsewhere. He lives and works in London.


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