Photo By Jools Thatcher

Photo By Jools Thatcher

The theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “ Black Clothes “.

Good afternoon Jon, and greetings from Coventry once again.

The heat wave engulfing the UK continues into a second week with no end in sight, so apart from the odd priest – perhaps I should say apart from the occasional priest and pub bouncer, there’s not a lot of black clothing going around at the moment – even the Goths seem to have lightened up for summer and are wearing dark blue.

I have to confess to a life long habit of wearing black jocks and socks exclusively – they hide a plethora of sins but I won’t go into that, other than to say, black clothing appears to be clean for a lot longer than its paler cousins and as we all know, in this life its all about perception and little to do with reality

How else do you explain Canberra?

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Also have a listen to the songs on the New Album “Angel In Reverse


For some, black clothing is a way of life
While some think nothing duller
The facts be known, black is a tone
It isn’t even a colour

For a few, it becomes their identity
Where mood and image unite
While others can try, though it’s hard to say why
Somehow black doesn’t look right

It suits Simon Cowell, it matches his scowl
But doesn’t quite do it on others
Elton John wouldn’t, the Osmond’s just shouldn’t
One Direction would have to check with their mothers

It worked for Roy Orbison, it helped make Joan Jett
Al Pacino, Uncle Fester and Slash
Gerry Garcia, Morticia Adams
Steve Jobs and the great Johnny Cash

Would he be the legend, loved and revered?
If he’d worn something lighter on stage?
Ladies and gentlemen, please make welcome
Johnny Cash, “The man in beige”

Whereas Marilyn Monroe is eternally white
Elvis, is gold lame
George Clinton’s a rainbow, The Beach Boys a salad
While John Howard’s a terminal grey

Many a blackster has played in a band
Whose name hasn’t gelled with their clothes
Deep Purple, Green Day, Blues Brothers, Yello
Rose Tattoo never wore rose

At least Black Sabbath dressed for the part
Except the odd time Ozzie forgot
Whereas Pink rarely is, Cream rarely were
Simply Red were quite simply not

For years Frank Thring served the dark side
Darth Vader, of course, and the Krays
Wesley Snipes is a regular, as is Tom Jones
Nick Cave, like James Brown, swings both ways

Free will, is perhaps, not as free as we think
When it comes to selecting a hue
You believe it’s your choice, as ego demands
But the truth is, black chooses you

© Copyright 2013 Ian Bland

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