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Harry Godwin

though the squirrels are grey

in memoriam
Simon Howard

 

(an extract from ‘swallows’)

 

1

Cyril’s been feeding in his tree! Good sign, perhaps
Extraordinary the effect
Friendly little robin out the back

~

is this about the zoo boy?
Well Megan, is it?

It is

yes yes & we are alone

we are alone & with
a group of people

 

2

he could HURK! HURK! HURK!
just same as you & me
Megan & he never does he has
to have seen it now

~

It’s a pity I can’t give him a paper bag
with BREAKFAST written on it but

~

He’d be super ugly
#knowwhatimsayin

 

3

open the back door
& there’s Cyril on the fence

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it must be a precarious perch
it must be Meg or something

Did I mention the squirrel?
I feel so invested cause I spent the last two months watching him try to hump his mom.

CAN U SEE ANYTHING INAPPROPRIATE
IN MY AVI??

~

Not sure I believe (c)

 

4

& her new / old home
surroundings & the birds & the squirrels in the garden

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I don’t know where he’s gone, Meg.
He’s not been home for days.

tell me about the girl in his life
he can’t get over go ahead

tell me about the week you lived
on nothing but nicotine, coffee & red

~

Miss your interesting bits! x


5

Cyril is silent: iLive

Don’t get ahead of yourself;
Cyril is the embodiment of everything

Megan are you listening to my story?
[Megan]: No Lulu i got bored
*bites my nose*
Like not hard but still.

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squirrel in his tree
his mate under the neath


6

Breakfast in Dorset at 7.50am
& then suddenly this.

[Megan]: I think I’ll just live at my cabin & never come home
what about the squirrel hiding behind the t.v.?
[megan]: It’s true you don’t know what you have until it’s gone
so cryptic so wow wow

who let the doge out?

~

we stand around

~

in the middle of nowhere on our phones alot.

 

7

what about the swallow, can u finish it?

~

god I feel awful. Oh well.

~

Megan I swear you’re the horniest virgin
& unrefined
like some sort of 4 part Hungarian folk machine

~

I miss Prague

~

I CRIED AT THE GNOME GUY
he was saying how he’d be very lonely in the winter
if people didn’t visit him omg
8

& I’m now slowly returning

~

to books.

the squirrel in the shoe & Vincent
ARE GIVING ME SO MUCH MORE FEELINGS
that you in  your entire life:

what the fuck
is happening?

~

So I re-read 4 Dada Suicides.
So it wasn’t all bad.

 

9

Is it over yet?
Are the egomaniacs sleeping?

~

though the squirrels are grey their tails

~

are the tales of boys who did not measure up to the norms of hegemonic masculinity.
they sucked and if they are cocky
they didn’t know what loneliness was

they didn’t know what could be in the coffee
of my raps!

~

That was better.


10

7 July 2009

~

when my family was fine

2009. When I was a medieval archer and got to write ‘Lancashire, UK’ on all my post.
i like Hilson but oMG 45 MINS OF HILSON IS TOO MUCH GIVE ME A BREAK
not really I love him ugh

~

Bit of oblivion
& it’s cold,
& outside it’s colder

~

when my family was fine.

 

11

How happy it looks!
[revised]

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meg hung herself at the end.
She was alone.
She’s still in Madrid.
We saw her at the hotel.
I’ll post the pic when I get wifi lol

~

She’s so much more alert,
aware of her surroundings

 

12

Did you stay until the end of the Swallows game?

Megan couldn’t keep her eyes open
& the swallows have sharpened their beaks
carnivorous bastards
I never did like them
I’m an eagles fan    

yES the swallows are just sighs

In the end, I gave up.

~

I hope so too, Harry. Very much.

 

 

Copyright © Harry Godwin, 2014.