The (Poetry) Mugger by Graeme Sandford
There was a man walking through the park
Walking through the park… in the dark!
For a lark!
And I was that man!
I was hoping to be attacked… by the ‘poetry mugger’
He leaps out at you and attacks your mind
With ‘the word’ – the word on the street
And from your toes to your feet – and, beyond those toes –
You listen… with your ears… and your mind;
And if you ‘don’t’ listen… you won’t find out…
You won’t know what you are missing!
He ‘literally’ inserts a mixture of rhyme and rhythm into you
And plunges it deep, deep, deep…
And he keeps on ‘plunge!, plunge, plunge!’
And your mind is a sponge; you soak up every separate syllable, seeking something… seeking some thing… desperately seeking… Susan? No, no, no!
Some spark! Some sentient sense! Some Celeriac!!! Sorry, so silly.
The poetry mugger leaves you changed; your cortex re-arranged;
Your mind, altered, shrugs and assimilates the new knowledge within
Is it sinning? No, it’s a new beginning; your head may be spinning; but, in the long run you’re winning.
And talking of running… if it’s not the ‘poetry mugger’ but, some other bugger – run!