Question & Answer 2 – Verity Annear

Question 2

We haven’t had sunlight in our house
for eleven months
and I never sunburn anymore –
never peel my skin in a mizture
of thrill and frenzy.

I order decaf soya Americano too,
hold the decaf,
hold the soya,
extra shot of espresso.
My body will hate me for it tonight.

But the prazosin
and the melatonin
will help.

Did shouting about Brexit help?
I want to write begging letters
to Europe
and tell them I still love them,
it’s not them, it’s them,
and I’m not with them.

The future
looks bright
looks red.

Keep shouting, Verity,
and one day we can write poetry
about how we raised our voices
against the blue tide
and xenophobia
and maybe
perhaps
hopefully
won.

– Aaron Kent

Answer 2

Truth be be told,
My names origin in fact,
I miss the darkness,
I miss the cold floor of my cottage
and the duck down duvet,
Now my dorm room is full of traffic lights beaming
and freshers…
screaming.

How was your espresso shot?
I picked up a hat whilst shopping that said,
‘I need coffee’
I’m allergic to caffeine,
I put the hat back.

The sugar keeps me going,
A can of Fanta at 2AM,
From the common room vending machine,
I flip open the cold source of energy,
The fizz feels like a frenzy,
You could call it a high,
Though I heard sugar is the world’s deadliest killer,
Above drugs and booze,
But will I stop?
My poor dentist,
probably not.

Shouting about Brexit did not help,
But what I did learn today is,
I’m going to write to my local MP,
There are too many tweets,
And not enough letters,
It’s so sad that it takes hashtags to sort out life long social issues,
So I’ll pick up my pen,
Once again,
To try and make a difference,
I hope you do the same,
After all, our most powerful weapon,
Is our pen,
Because our words,
Can change everything

– Verity Annear

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Question & Answer 1 – Verity Annear

Question 1

I put Nick Cave on the turntable,
made bath bombs from stardust and galaxies.
My wife took iron and apirin.
I took blueberry muffin.
We watched the children next door shoot each other,
we watched the cafés refuse to take card payment,
we watched our ice pops freeze (never froze).
There were poets in the clothes store,
they argued over criticism, and criticised the critics.
Our appetites diminished,
a lot of pizza is never enough pizza.
I wanted a badge that read ‘Conservatives out, Corbyn in’
or ‘Get the Tory scum out’.
I bought a denim jacket.
I now wear a denim jacket.
I now wish I was James Dean.
And when we slept we dreamt of death.
How did your day go?

– Aaron Kent

Answer 1

I woke up and drank a diet shake,
Shaken not stirred by my mother,
I fell back asleep,
I did not brush my hair or teeth,
I discovered my own skin without foundation,
I noticed I have a mole on my back,
I jumped into my mother’s car,
We had a silent journey.
I realised that May 22nd is always sunny,
I thought that one day I should book my wedding on this day,
I thought of my Grandfather’s death,
I planned a visit to a yoga retreat,
I ordered a decaf, americano with soya milk,
It tasted vile, but my body will thank me later,
My friend shouted about Brexit on the bus,
I joined in and complained about the older generation,
I bought a top with cut out shoulders,
I burnt my shoulders,
I watched my step father peel back the sack over our house,
And finally, the sunlight moved into our home,
Like we had done over a year ago.
My day was like a croc, it fastly went out of fashion,
But at the end of the day, it was rather comfortable.

– Verity Annear