The Gloves Are Off

25 May

Chronicler, Swindon’s community poet and maypole maestro Tony Hillier was inspired to write after poet and dancer Tishani Doshi’s Swindon Festival of Literature readings.

You search for the other glove
You search for cross-continent roots
Wales played India at cricket
Your mother the bowled-over maiden

The Maidan I know in Kolkata
its lung like Hyde Park you know
Indian lungs sleep in trees these days
pawning their time to save lives 

Your poetry is properer than mine
yet each of us dances with the word
to get unheard voices heard

love sin and Marilyn

love the nudge of riverside muddy bloomers
astonished by hope being a booby trap
I have a Satyajit Raydvd in my glove compartment
his black and white kids entrance the world

Your mum danced with Beatles
you don’t choose to be a cockroach
May I have this dance
we might dance bop doo wop or the maypole

NB The Maidan is a large grass park in Kolkata

Watch Tishani Doshi

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