The Grand National Lobotomy – Poetry Book by John Watts


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An anthology of poetry that also includes the script for ‘The Last Picasso’ is published worldwide by Neo Poiesis Press. The poetry book is divided into sections which include Life & Death & Philosophy, Up & Away Characters Observed, 10 Poems in a Day; all reflecting John Watts’ sardonic humour.


Old Man Jesus

The 10 a.m. ritual unfolds

Old man pigeon bends double
His trolley and stubble
At odds with the “Hovies”
Flinging bread at the birdies

A carpet of rat-packing pigeons surround him
The seagulls stand off at a far greater distance
Baying and screaming, the old man is beaming
Feathers and claws reinforce his existence

He hobbles to wooden seat
Scavengers follow
Old Jesus in grey cap and blue jacket humble
Where cat food replaces the loaves and the fishes
He dips in his finger and samples the manna

“Feeding the five thousand” bird version” remake!
Observed by the painters on ciggie and tea break
With only the blackbirds left out in the cold
He drags off his trolley across Western Road.

‘Burtherflyday’ Poem for her

A pair of butterflies flit upstream
over my shoulder I’m cooler
in the pool of high esteem I dream
of never ever getting older

They live for but one day or two
Much less then I will be with you
Though all their lives are spent as one
they never eat or sleep or love
or dwell together, share a bed
enjoy a meal or place their heads
side by side until they wake
No birthdays pass to celebrate

In twenty minutes they return
still locked in flight above my head
For them almost a year has passed
You’ve only smoked one cigarette!

in the pool of high esteem
I dream of never ever getting older.