Couples collude for selfies by
the river, their images networked
via the labyrinth of the Web
as if inducting them to a gallery
of the once-lived. I invoke the
demolished pubs and dancehalls,
picture years of people gliding
through the Broadway to the Palais.
There are no longer apparitions
in the glass-panelled offices; spooks
don’t table-tilt in the bars smashed
to rubble, risen as restaurant brands.
There’s a spirit that’s absent,
lost due to desertion of what
was once alive in me. I hunt
the trail of its return, to see
it thrive in the fit of a new
skin. One day, one work-a-day
day, turning the corner on any
street, I’ll smack bang into it.
Biography: Michael Wyndham’s debut collection ‘Are You Alive Now?’ was published by Friends of Alice Publishing, an independent press based in West London, in January 2019. www.friendsofalice.com . The book includes phantasmagoric colour plates from Sally Wyndham. Michael’s poetry has also appeared in various magazines and E-zines, notably the online relaunch of the iconic International Times.