A Week’s Worth by Steven Waling

Jan 18th

Unable to get the words out
he spoke pigeon fluently

I saw your book in the Oxfam
Didn’t buy………..instead
got this notebook and a diary
…………70% off

Be humankind

I was born in the wrong country
……..(possibly misheard)
I don’t want to be constantly arrested

Do you have any idea where
……..you are going? – God

town centre       ¼ mile

……………………………………..Altrincham

Jan 19th

7.45 am……………lights on in bedrooms

Day’s engine……..premier unleaded

free unlimited music of the train
………..apologises for the delay to
………………your journey and

rainwater at 35% angle
………..down the windowpane

“bringing back sweet memories

reading Raworth on the train
big book of beautiful noise
………..it’s 4:13 pm…………..we move

from dark to dark
the daylight flies……………..do not
obstruct this door

it leads to hello

…………………………………..Manchester/Bolton

 

Jan 20th

 

Blank sky/Blank mind

ancient forest on the edge of a map
coloured pencils to mark the route

……….life is in the post
this age of social media
………..more bad hair weather

did you get it………did you get all of it
when you got it was it worth the getting
if you get it once will you get it     again
is the first get same as the second get
does a third get somehow insinuate its
self between the first and seconds gets
….like the man on the road to Emmaus

where does all this rain come from

………come evening
………when the trees breathe
………a sigh of relief

…………………………………………..Wythenshawe

Jan 21st

…………….New items added
meeting John at the station
Adrian comes too
………….the wind is windy
gives you wings

good mood food……………..viaduct and river
highlights of a day………….brief
glimpses of sun……………..I’m writing
after the fact

evening train

will shortly be arriving at
small points of light
occasional uncurtained windows

those dark conversations
people have with their phones
on the bus back seat

when I get home I
creep round the house not to
scare the new cat

…………………………………..Preston

Jan 22nd

Bare trees in the parkI’m feeling
a kind of loss……………light dull &
“roll on Spring………… & All

pile of leaves by the door

I’ve never heard the voice of God
……….rumours   hintspromptings
……….of love & truthno capital
……….letter momentsjust a
……….fire under the chair
……….when you standto speak of

atoms from a dying star
 ………in each arm   is enough wonder
……….to be going on with

………………………………………….Manchester

Jan 23rd

Sun comes out  occasional showers
I just got paid
Out here on Kingswood Ave
……………………………………………..it matters
a bowl of soup and bread
………………………………mood: changeable
sky clean……..banks of cloud
………..accumulate over the horizon

it is winter after all

we get over the hump
………..of January……….roll on
the holiday brochure
………………………………through
beaches & sunblock
………………………………spiritual dryness
where shall we go
………………………………to recharge
by the sea
………………………………our prayer life
………………………………in light

……………………………………….Wythenshawe

Jan 24th

Quarter to eight………………not sufficiently light
 ……….& the rain again…………….where does it
 ………………..come from………….all day grey but

times are changing

………..the leak in the pipe’s fixed
………..and the money’s in the bank

the cat’s out of hiding
and the sums reconcile

……………………………………………Manchester

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