An Old Favourite

LOOKING FOR THE RIVER by Kevin Coyne (1944-2004)

I’ve been crossing by the river in an anticipatory way
I’ve been searching for the river in an anticipatory way
But the river never came to me
But the river never came to me

Bully* tin cans and boots and things
Full of thrown away engagement rings
Thrown away by errant boys and girls
Butcher’s meat and sordid Woolworth’s pearls

I’ve been crossing by the river, looking for it, full of anticipation
I’ve been crossing by the river full of anticipatory things

Men on bicycles and passing vehicles
Wheeled-up, walled-up feelings under slime
Little houses knocked down for the roadway
Little ladies being kind to swans

Dogs and cats and fat men
Lying in the long grass
Little pacemakers on Christmas bikes

I’ve been looking for the river, anticipatory in my way
I’ve been looking, I’ve been looking, I’ve been looking, for the river
But the river is far away
…..
…..

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* “Bully beef (Often shortened to ‘bully’): Tinned corned beef.” (Dictionary.com)

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About Ben Naga

Pilgrim on the lam. Please feel free to explore the links to learn more. I trust you will find some things there will have been worth the effort. See you there.

Posted on July 28, 2014, in Poem - Not Written By Me Though, Poetry, Songs and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Not an artist that I’m familiar with…thanks for the intro.

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  2. I enjoyed this very much. I even enjoy his voice. I also enjoyed ‘You in your corner and me in mine.’ I was reading it on my tablet and went to the desk top and can’t find the comment. 🙂

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