The Flatlands (Or The Quiet Death of Gog and Magog).

Hello…

Could anyone let me know why this particular poem is getting a huge amount of views this week? Please comment and let me know why! I am pleased, but puzzled…

Cheers, Benjamin

 

 

 

FLATLANDS.

To pick your fruit from chimney stacks

Is a quiet, steaming trigger.

The trees are slimming at the waist,

Applying whorish rouges

To their splitting seed pouches.

 

 

We stepped on mossy linoleums

To creep, hard-toed onto grass.

The garden is heaving with

Rinds and hammers,

Lubricant and whale-bone.

 

 

You scratched your favourite words

In ashes on the pavement.

Like your red-haired friend

Who knew a boy who died, once.

Loss on a martini glass.

 

 

The soot-flooded twig still lies there,

A testament to your good times.

I remember you flailing, bound

In hankerchiefs and father’s rule,

Stuck in hilltop houses.

 

 

And so, I sat down for breakfast,

Waited for you to descend

With arms piled high with chimney stacks

(Stolen from the more deserving)

On which to chip my teeth.

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About Benjamin Norris

Published writer of short stories, long stories, poems. Well received art critic and cultural commentator for Berlin magazines. Collaborator with operatic societies. Co-writer of fictional historic psycholinguistic journals. Lecturer of architecture and art history at a Budapest University. View all posts by Benjamin Norris

4 responses to “The Flatlands (Or The Quiet Death of Gog and Magog).

  • zee

    Hello Benjamin

    you have to watch

    (( THE ARIVALS )) on (( wakeupprojet.com ))

    to understand why this particular poem is getting a huge amount of views this week

    by the way jews, christians and muslims all belive in Gog and Magog if im not wrong.

    thanks

    kind regards
    Zeeshamm

  • mcm

    RE: Could anyone let me know why this particular poem is getting a huge amount of views this week? Please comment and let me know why!
    Most likely the same reason I am here, Google Search because Glenn Beck is talking about Gog & Magog on his show this week.

  • Benjamin Norris

    Blimey. I’m getting traffic because of Glenn Beck… I don’t know whether to laugh or cry (but not at the camera out of love for my country…)

  • Benjamin Norris

    Although, actually, the Gog and Magog of this title is a reference to the two hills just outside of Cambridge (named Gog and Magog after the Giants of the ancient Britons, the protectors of London) – I was angry/in love with a girl who lived in this town at the time, and I wrote this after a particularly disappointing trip to visit her, and discovered her and her immediate company to be pretty much everything I despise. I love the Gog and Magog legends, but I feel as though this poem is not really what most people are looking for when they search for info….

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