My brother wants to shoot cats – by Roddy Williams

My brother wants to shoot cats

and send everyone back home
He rests both hands on his walking stick
He says That’s what I’d do

He’s built a computer in his shed
or so he said
My brother talks very loudly
so the cats can hear him coming
besides he’d have to manage
the gun and the stick
He wouldn’t want Benefits
hearing about that

I don’t say much to be honest
as it generates another
list of what he’d do

He wants to stop sex education
He says That’s what I’d do
He says that no one needs it
He had none in his school
They just taught him to hate cats
and to send everyone back home

That’s what they did

 

 

 

Born and raised in North Wales, Roddy Williams now lives in London. His poetry has appeared in ‘The Frogmore Papers’, ‘Magma’, ‘The Rialto’, ‘Envoi’, ‘Stand’ and other magazines. He’s had two plays performed in London and his first collection of poetry is due out this year, He is also a photographer, printmaker and painter.

Take your coat off – by Roddy Williams

 

You won’t feel the benefit
when you go out
so take off that coat
I’m telling you now
you’ll be starved by the time
you get to the gate
starved like a post
How many sugars?
You might has well have one
You’ve taken your coat off

You’d best slip your shoes off
as well they’re all muddy
I know I could hear it aye
rattle the roof
like a man at the door
after money and time
It was bouncing down earlier
Just leave them there with
my sack of regret and my
box of old anecdotes
Might get them out if
it carries on bouncing

I think there’s some cake here
You might as well have some
I can’t eat it all
If I don’t it will all have to go
to the foxes
You wouldn’t want that
a fox at your cake
I’ve got time in the fridge and
it needs to be used
Well past its sell-by
We might as well use it

Now give me that coat

 

 

A Welsh exile, Roddy Williams now lives in London. His poetry has appeared in ‘The North’, ‘The Frogmore Papers’, ‘Magma’, ‘The Rialto’, ‘Envoi’ and other magazines. He’s had two plays performed in London, is currently working on his first novel and is a keen surrealist photographer, printmaker and painter.