The poem I wrote this week for Jon’s JVG Radio Method on 3RRR has the wonderful and yet curious theme “POLICE”.

Click to hear today’s poem… [audio:JVG_Poem20070916.mp3]

Jon and I chatted about this weeks theme, and after the show I had to dash to the “The Drunken Poet” down in West Melbourne.

”Loose Tongues” was putting on an afternoon of words and music and had invited me to perform. along with Kevin Garant, Pete Lawler, Phil Norton and Emilie Zoey Baker. It was a good one, I look forward to doing more of this.

Ed Bates drew the short straw once again and supplied the atmosphere on his slide guitar.


i knew i was over the limit
stepping outside of the law
i didn’t mind pushing the boundaries
that’s what boundaries are for

ed was convinced we were going to get caught
but i told him i wouldn’t turn back
taking risks become’s an addiction
a little danger’s an aphrodisiac

ed begged me to reconsider
i merely took that as a dare
not that i didn’t realise the gravity
more that i didn’t care

i thought the worst we’d get was a warning
i mean it wasn’t a capital crime
a little quick talking, a small donation
they’d turn a blind eye — just this time

but as soon as we turned the corner
i saw the uniforms and flashing lights
ed began feeding me chewing gum
and reminding me of my rights

only one way through and two surly pigs
stood each side of the gap
two more of them blocking the exits
we were caught like rats in a trap

i told ed to act cool, try to look sober
and for god’s sake try not to laugh
we were almost through, when this huge, stony bastard
stepped across, barring our path

once again we’d been pinched by the fashion police
not the first time i’d been told
“you can’t come in here wearing dessert boots
besides your mate here’s too bloody old”

“this club’s no place for you aging old farts
among the supple and lithesome young bodies
you should both be home tucked up in your beds
with a book, sipping hot toddies”

© Copyright 2007 Ian Bland

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