Alan Parry

Alan Parry is a poet, playwright and editor from Merseyside, England. He is an English Literature graduate and English teacher. Alan enjoys gritty realism, open ends, miniature schnauzers and 60s girl groups. He has previously had work published by Dream Noir, Streetcake Magazine, Black Bough Poems and others. He cites Alan Bennett, Jack Kerouac and James Joyce as inspiration. 

Night-Blooming Jasmine

 

i deposit my heartbreak

at the foot of the night-blooming jasmine –

watering her with

tears –

 

liberated

from yesterday’s proceedings –

 

i appreciate the

long, dry walk to my

rooms,

alone – but not lonely –

 

& i doth my

cap & smile at

three children

playing in

the shade of the alleyway –

whose faces i have never

seen before

 

i think,

last night, a pensive poet died

& this morning

a comfort set in

 

 

Recalibrate

 

when he succumbed,

there were mute tears & embraces –

she remained dignified –       

stoic –

 

after,

she was ruthless & fierce –

never sudden –

 

defying grief,

she hinted at contentment –

 

nothing

interrupted the steady flow of

damson jam, sloe gin & knitted jumpers

 

 

In Havana

 

in Havana

amidst ghosts of writers

stand battle-worn bronzes of revolutionaries

 

in Havana

locks of cigar smoke drift

from old men in white hats sat on wrought iron balconies

 

in Havana

honeyed air is punctured

by the lilt of jazz guitars & rhyme of purred verse

 

in Havana

elaborate archways

proudly painted in sun-bleached Caribbean pastels.

 

in Havana

people spill from coffee shops

drunk on pulsing beats & the wealth of history