Daniel Bennett

 

 
Education

I’ll tell you who I think about
in the late hours, the wee
cold down hours, the spare

slow bare hours, when sleep slopes
laughing from the bed,
when the crowd kicks

at the lame foot of it
and you welcome in all
the faces of the midnight ghosts.

It is not the gold-toothed man
from the Brixton night
out to scare my stoned trespasses

not the voice on the phone
in a foreign room
hissing some implacable need

not a blank-eyed Russian
in a vile white trench coat
who cleared a bar with a fake gun

not the driver who slid
by me as I walked
blithely down the centre of a street.

No. It is the slender man, sallow
and genteel, who once
took the time to explain

all the things I could not do

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Bennett was born in Shropshire and lives and works in London. As well as appearing previously on Ink Sweat and Tears, his poems have been published in numerous places, including Atrium, Eyeflash, and Under The Radar. His chapbook Arboreal Days is published by Red Ceilings Press.

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