Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Four Poems by Danny D. Ford

 



Bread 

 

Down at Marco’s

you used to be able

to get a job

off the books

 

& the bakers

would stay up all night

so as not to be late

for the 4am starts

 

& there used to be

a boy

that hung around

 

his sweet smile

hiding

explosive rage

 

that was sitting

inside of him

waiting

 

for his pregnant girlfriend

to die in delivery

 

her bubble gum bursting

for the last time

 

not long after

he punched out

the two front teeth

of a slender queen

 


The Government Has Decided to Lay Siege on My Marriage 

 

friends don’t know where to look

 

I shout

she scratches

& between us

we figure out

how

 

to fill in the form correctly

 

after ten attempts

passwords just become

more words

&

blackbirds

are now looking

for new gardens

 

they no longer seem interested

in our make shift pool

with the cat shit lilo

chilling at the deep end

next to the plants

that beg like spoilt children


 

Old Fashioned 

 

There was one pub

that would serve us

though we were underage

 

but the place was big

& so we hid

out back

 

she was often there

a day drinker

like her man

 

famed

for showing

her snatch

after one too many

 

some said

they got off on it

instigated situations

 

others said

it was just

old fashioned fun

 

one night

on the way out

they were in the car park

with a video camera

 

we mooned the lens

& he said

 

‘that’s right

get your balls out too’



Paphos 

 

The night before

my brother’s wedding

I saw my ex-girlfriend’s parents

walking past the pub

 

two fucking

thousand

miles

 

and I see their sunburnt faces

waddling up the road

 

she was alright

shy & in the shade

of his gut

 

but he hated me

& I felt much the same

 

later we drank tequila

and my brother

had to use

the dance floor mirrors

to reach the toilet

 

bouncing along

against his own reflection

like a daddy long legs





Danny D. Ford’s debut collection 'Slides for Alberto' was published in May 2021 by Between Shadows Press. His poetry, illustrations and photography have appeared in various titles including 'Double Feature' (by John Dorsey & Mike James) & 'Perforated By Sirens' (co-authored with Mark Anthony Pearce) Analog Submission Press 2021 & 2020 respectively, Albany Poets, Cacti Fur, Dumpster Fire Press, Inefável, Horror Sleaze Trash, Dumpster Fire Press, Punk Noir Magazine, Cephalo Press, Superpresent Magazine, Ancient Heart Magazine, Black Listed Magazine, Dark Lane Quarterly Collaborative, Lazybox,  Bare Hands, BS Poetry Magazine, Coronaverses, & Winamop. 

The Unfolding Head’ is co-founder & compère of Dust Your Broom & print collective Never Kill a Rainbow, in Bergamo, Italy, where he lives and works as an English teacher. 

www.theunfoldinghead.com


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