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Melancholy | Snowman Two new poems from Wayne Dean-Richards

Melancholy | Snowman

Two new poems from Wayne Dean-Richards

by Wayne Dean-Richards,
first published: May, 2023

approximate reading time: minutes

melancholy | snowman. Two new poems from the forthcoming collection from Wayne Dean-Richards, It's a Mad World But Funny...

Wayne Dean-Richards has shared 18 poems for us to publish during 2023. The collection is called It's a Mad World, But Funny. Eventually there will be a free, downloadable PDF of all the poems and a planned A6 compendium too. (Links to all of the poems way down the page.)



I read an article that said a
darkly lit superhero film
was ‘melancholy’.

bollocks to that!

for me
pressing the tips of your fingers
against your dead mother’s still warm cheek
and the remembered snatch
of a Frankie Laine song your old man sang
when he was still out of reach
of an ignominious end…
deep as a river
cold as midnight.



we made a snowman with
the usual carrot nose,
and twiggy arms.

not long after,
it started thawing
and our snowman fell -

backwards, like a drunk.
after which it turned cold
again. freezing his

toppled corpse for
all to see, and leaving me
to wonder…
what it meant.

© Wayne Dean-Richards

Essential Info
The 18 poems comprising Wayne Dean-Richards' IT'S A MAD WORLD BUT FUNNY series are listed below.  Outsideleft will be publishing them all throughout 2023. A free downloadable PDF and a limited edition A6 Outsideleft Booklet (for neither profit or loss) of these poems will be available at the end. But not till the end. I am pretty sure that means November...

Wayne Dean-Richards

Wayne Dean-Richards works with short stories and the novel. His work has been published in magazines and anthologies in the UK and the US. Some of that work can be found in his collection Cuts, available here

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