'Give it meh, give it meh.' Angst seeps, oozes, pours from exhausted walls. Walls overworked, worn down. They’ve given up on secret keeping; kept behind closed doors, hissed through open walls. Lives piled up in jumble sale heaps. Graffitied dreams and ambitions carved deep, I love you will u marry me cut in light, bleeding its request and the memory of its origin; a flame struck boy with a fiery love and a burning question.
'Give it meh, give it meh.' A child’s slow whine drags itself through landings unkempt with emptiness. Hauls itself through floors sagging with time and dripping with moisture into stagnant puddles below.
Rain drowned concrete weeps, remembering the tavern’s tap room before the rust encroached, remembering the playground before it was poached by drugs and dark willed youths. 'It wa'n't alweys laak this, folk’d peh thaasand fer t’view.’
Grey faced veterans of the Park Hill Ranks pledge their immobile vow to an immovable home. Grooved faces sooth the bitter air, Regiments of the Reminisced, Minions of the transparent memory; It was nice here. It was.
This is based on the story of The Three Little Pigs. I’ve heard an alternative story to the one I based the poem on, whereby the first two pigs scurry from their houses in time to join the Third Little Pig and work together to collaboratively kill the wolf. I consider that to be the wimp’s version and so based this poem on the grounds that the first two pigs died and only the last survived. The poem is the voice of The Second Little Pig, talking from the grave about the events that led up to his death and his feelings towards the Third Little Pig.
Another video of this poem - written after I crossed the road at some traffic lights one day and I didn’t wait for the green man. I thought, ‘I wonder how he felt about that?’ and so decided to give him a voice.
This is based on my failed application to Waitrose a few years ago. They told me they wouldn’t employ me while I was still a student due to me being unable to commit to a lengthy employment stint, but I wondered if there were other reasons.