Simon Williams – In Praise of Howling

In Praise of Howling

‘In such times, it’s either howl dementedly, or write poems dipped in battery acid.’
Neil Fulwood (TSN May 29th 2015)

Oh, howl dementedly
for all who can’t work but must work,
for all who are forced to share the rooms in their house,
for those who have been beaten or shouted out
of their family homes.

Oh, howl dementedly
for those who can’t bear their dreams of Afghanistan,
except in parks or under railway viaducts,
for those who dread going back, but aren’t allowed to stay,
for those who want to work, but are forbidden,
so those who can’t can be made to take their places.

Oh, howl dementedly
for those who can’t rest after 50 years of work,
for those who have no recourse to the law,
for those who have no money for recourse to the law
to regain the savings swindled from them.

Oh, howl dementedly
for those who have no money for the bus
to reach the interview for a job to pay their bus fares,
for those who spend more time filling quotas than healing,
for those who spend more time assessing than teaching.

Oh, howl dementedly
for those who have to feed from foodbanks,
for those who have to feed from skips behind supermarkets,
for those who go hungry outside restaurants,
whose cardboard pleas are rarely read.

Oh howl dementedly,
but forget about the moon.
Do it as the wolves really do,
for association
for communication
for location.

Simon Williams has written poetry for 35 years. It ranges widely, from quirky pieces often derived from news items or science and technology, to biographical themes, to the occasional Clerihew. He has five published collections, the latest being A Place Where Odd Animals Stand (Oversteps Books, 2012) and Wastrels  (Paper Dart Press, 2015). Simon founded the magazine, The Broadsheet (www.thebroadsheet.moonfruit.com). He makes a living as a journalist.

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