July 26, 2016

Violence: a poem by Dane Cobain, author of "Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home"

Author and poet, Dane Cobain, offered up an exclusive poem for the blog. This one is a bespoke poem in which I gave him five words, which he then used to come up with this piece. Enjoy!


I don’t have time
for violence;

my TV screen
seems to bleed
and there are people out there
who want to climb inside your mind
and come out fighting;

their ammunition
puts us in a position
of innocence,
ain’t no-one got time
for that my friend.

I don’t have much time
for anything;
I pound the pavement
walking straight towards
a gaping jaw,
taking shallow breaths
like I’m marked for death
and still pensive.

I don’t have much time
for animosity,
and the streetlights’ luminosity
is possibly cross with me,
and so I cough quickly
and walk across the street.

And the pavements
are a strain of concrete
that replaced the grass
we laughed at,
like a wildcat
with a poleaxe
like the thorax
of a snorlax
in the boardroom.

Violence is not the right answer;
in fact,
violence ain’t an answer
at all.

One day,
people will notice
and they’ll question their motives
and their intelligence quotient,
but until that day
we must treat this evil
like a pox on the people
but I don’t speak
for all of us.

You must draw
your own

Eyes Like Lighthouses is Dane Cobain’s first book of poetry, distilled from the sweat of a thousand memorised performances in this reality and others. It’s not for the faint-hearted. “I’ve never seen anyone do a stream of consciousness piece as talented as that. Very impressed.” – Mark Allard-Will, author of Saskatch-A-Man and co-founder of Cuckoo’s Nest Press “Dane’s poetry is a multi-layered spiral of the macabre, quirky humour and disjointed imagery. Not only does he make you think, he captures the small forgotten moments of everyday life.” – Nikki Dudley, co-editor of Streetcake Magazine “…[Dane] combines concrete detail with socioeconomic concerns.” – Lorna Wood, associate editor of Gemini Magazine.

Dane Cobain (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK) is an independent poet, musician and storyteller with a passion for language and learning. When he’s not in front of a screen writing stories and poetry, he can be found working on his book review blog or developing his website, www.danecobain.com

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