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This House Another downpayment from Wayne Dean-Richards' It's a Mad World But Funny

This House

Another downpayment from Wayne Dean-Richards' It's a Mad World But Funny

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

approximate reading time: minutes

'this house' a new poem from the forthcoming Wayne Dean-Richards collection, 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.)

this house

I lived in a broken-down house
which for a long time I tried to mend:
wielded tools I couldn’t name and
sweat away whole fucking days.

but it crumbled faster than I could patch it together
and as soon as I stopped working
it laughed at me:
a cellar-deep rumble.

from then on when slates fell off the roof
I just listened to them smash.
and when the central heating packed in
I put on a coat.

now
curtain rails are crooked 
wallpaper peels from walls
colour’s leeched from carpets
winds whistle through cracked panes

despite which I smile and sing
smile and sing.

© 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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