Tuesday, 31 December 2013

mad as cheese (the miner's version)

like the lave of worms
we have a constant need to burrow
road up for repair

yet we ask how do the holes appear 
in the cheese

 coal dust gold diamond
oil we dig sprinkle salt
on fish n chips

after church on sunday the wine
and the spirit 

discovery of methane and the fun
we make with a light as we take it in turn
to burn our farts

and all this while we are sinking ourselves deeper
into this fracking great nightmare 


Philip Johnson

Philip Johnson's poetry has previously appeared in: Poetry 24, The Ugly Tree; Poetry Scotland, 
Emergency Verse, Write Away, Caught In The Net, Red Pencil, 
Writer's Hood, Transparent Words; Emergency Verse 
and The Robin Hood Book.