Sarah Wedderburn

 

 

 

PECHA-KUCHA-BOY

1
The computer I was using got
locked in the art room.
It’s not here.
But I am.
I’m Max. Year 10.
I’ve got a list, but
no PowerPoint.
Sorry.
Oh – and the first slide had writing on it.
It said
INTRODUCTION.

2
DOG
OK, so I took a picture of my dog.
I really love my dog,
and anyone can talk about dogs,
but it’s hard talking about love, and
I was wondering
what I felt about
that.

3
ME
This was me, squinty,
looking into the sun, and it was saying
this is insane,
this time of being alive,
this being the son – not the sun,
but you know, the child –
of people – think about it –
here on planet earth.

4
BIRD
I mean, think about birds.
Think about feathers.
And eggs.
That’s crazy.
This was a sparrow,
on the wire,
and then it flew. Flew.
What is that?
I took it from my window.

5
MY ROOM
And that was my window.
It’s got creeper round it.
Dad took it from outside, downstairs.
It was looking up and the frame is white,
and the crossbars on the sash are white.
The glass shows darkness in the room.
I’m inside. I never want to get up.

6
SOUP
Mum made soup.
It wasn’t much to look at but
it smelled so good
I took a picture.
I can’t explain love,
I can only tell you how I feel,
sometimes.
7
SOUP BOWL
That was after I ate the soup.
None left. So Mum says,
never mind,
I’ll make some more another day.
And she did.
It wasn’t the same soup, but it was all right.

8
DISCHCLOTH
It fell off the washing line
and made the shape of Africa.
Random.

9
ROSES
Oh yeah, this slide was meant to say
fuck that. This is not about love.
This is Clinton’s card shop love.
I got it off the internet.
So fuck that.

10
BUTTONS
I got these brass buttons
off my uncle who was in the army.
I keep them in a box.
When he saw them he said,
‘Oh, I forgot I gave you those;
good lad.’

11
GIRL
There was this girl on the pier.
She smiled and I think
it was at me. I thought,
don’t go there, but I do.
I think about her.
And I look at this picture.

12
MUM AND DAD
How you can you understand
what’s so close to you?
What are they?
They’re just mum and dad.
They’re a mystery.

13
BIRTHDAY
This was of my party when I was twelve.
I’m not there. I’m out in the garage
gazing at my bike,
still shiny, still smelling of Halfords.

14
BLANK
I did one of nothing.
Because nothing is everything
and everything is nothing.
That’s why you have to be kind.

15
MY BROTHER
He was kind.
He was older than me.
He let me crawl
through the hedge with him
but he went through first so I wouldn’t
hurt myself.

16
SUNFLOWERS
I love this picture.
I love the idea that
someone so unhappy
made something so beautiful.

17
MY HAND
Have you ever really
looked at yourself?
The best is
looking at your hands, or feet.
You can get some distance on them.

18
SKY
I wish you could see this.
It was a great picture.
Blue sky. Little clouds.
A windy day, morning,
and I lay on the grass
and thought a bit, staring up and out and into forever.

19
SEA
I took this one just before
I saw that girl.
It’s the horizon and it’s straight
and clear. It’s different
from things that don’t make sense.

20
ROAD
It was a just a road, really.
I do remember him,
but getting that feeling –
you know that feeling?
of what he was like –
it’s harder now.
That’s it, then.
Sorry I didn’t have time to say very much
about love.

 

Sarah Wedderburn‘s poems have appeared in The Oxford Magazine and Oxford Poetry, and online in Poems In Which and The Stare’s Nest. She was a finalist in the poetry contest of the American online journal Narrative Magazine in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2013. She is a long term member of Roddy Lumsden’s Wednesday group. Find her work at riverinvisible.wordpress.com and Lost for words.

 

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