in our house
i binned the radio
for playing Strauss-
left the suited rodeo
of casino Faust
and shot the gentry shooting grouse.
into the wild garden
without spun jargon
through rusting arch of rose dissent
onto the precipice of peace
where slush borders grip and grease
like usurping tectonic plates
shapeshifting smaller states.
their innocents bombed and dispossessed
join our shoaled oppressed
of obedient possessed-
while The Mad Hatter
hiding in Dark Matter-
says blame them, instead of Strauss
in suits playing casino Faust
and enslaving gentry shooting grouse.
Strider Marcus Jones – is a poet, law graduate and ex civil servant from Salford, England with proud Celtic roots in Ireland and Wales. A member of The Poetry Society, his five published books of poetry http//www.lulu.com/spotlight/stridermarcusj.… reveal a maverick moving between forests, mountains, cities and coasts playing his saxophone and clarinet in warm solitude.
His poetry has been published in the USA, Canada, England, Ireland, Wales, France, Spain, India and Switzerland in numerous publications including mgv2 Publishing Anthology; And Agamemnon Dead; Deep Water Literary Journal; The Huffington Post USA; The Stray Branch Literary Magazine; Crack The Spine Literary Magazine; A New Ulster/Anu; Outburst Poetry Magazine; The Galway Review; The Honest Ulsterman Magazine; The Lonely Crowd Magazine; Section8Magazine; Danse Macabre Literary Magazine; The Lampeter Review; Ygdrasil, A Journal of the Poetic Arts; Don’t Be Afraid: Anthology To Seamus Heaney; Dead Snakes Poetry Magazine; Panoplyzine Poetry Magazine; Syzygy Poetry Journal Issue 1 and Ammagazine/Angry Manifesto Issue 3.