Bland on Bland – Wall

Photo By Jools Thatcher
Photo By Jools Thatcher

The theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “Wall”.

Good afternoon Jon
Not exactly sure where I am at the moment – somewhere high above the middle east.
I’m looking out the aircraft window at the most incredible sunrise I’ve ever seen – oh, my mistake it’s not the sun it’s Iraq!
You remember Iraq Jon, the country George W. invaded to overthrow a dictator and bring stability.

Anyway, as usual, I digress.

“Wall” good theme, in fact I’m hitting the wall as we speak so without further ado let’s go and scale the bugger.

To hear this week’s poem – just click the “play” button below:

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


They were outraged to discover graffiti on the wall
Another streetscape lost to the great suburban scrawl

Wasn’t very large but enough to cause a stink
Not your usual tag: an exclamation mark, then “Think”

“An indictment” someone barked “on youth and education”
“The grammar’s incorrect: should be “Think”, then exclamation!”

“Delinquents” they cried, “like cockroaches at night”
“Vandals, spewing forth this garish, visual blight”

While many of their grievances were not without some truth
No-one seemed to notice what was bolted to the roof

A twenty metre billboard for a well known junk food chain
Its impact on the landscape produced no less a stain

Signs for white goods, cars and tyres; furniture; cosmetics
Politics rules environment: commerce shapes aesthetics

As your voice grows ever fainter and your say, as always, small
Anarchy takes root and finds its way onto a wall

The streets end up as ugly as a mangy drover’s dog
Sometimes you just can’t see pollution for the smog

© Copyright 2014 Ian Bland

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