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Collecting & My favourite magazine only publishes poems with strange long titles

by Jim Bennett

[ poetry - august 05 ]

Collecting

a man I met
said he shook the hand
of someone
who shook the hand
of a person who kissed
the hand of a Pope
another person he met
shook hands with Diana
he knew guys who knew or met
the familiar faces
traipsed across the TV
as celebrities
soap stars known
by their characters names
pop stars remembered
for a single hit
or the super stars
that glitter across
footnotes of history

he collects them all
recalls the clasp
that joins him to them
notes it in his diary
another and another
he tells me how
he shook the hand of a man
who had shaken Tom Jones‚ hand
and Tom was friends with Elvis
Elvis shook hands with presidents
the man had pictures
to prove it

that is how it works
he said
we make secret connections
to those we touch
here another picture
he had shaken the hand of his MP
who had shaken the hand of
Saddam Hussein
the ultimate chain letter
connecting everyone
a homeopathic handshake
diluted till only its
memory remains
written down
collated
kept
and noted
in his diary

 

My favourite magazine only publishes poems with strange long titles

My favourite magazine
only publishes poems
with strange long titles
it used to have single word
titles
but not now
now the titles are sometimes longer than the longest line of the poem
but not always
it makes you think
perhaps to get published
you need some imagination
in the title department
so instead of calling this poem ‘titles’
I have called it
‘My favourite magazine only publishes poems with strange long titles’
and I will be sending it off tomorrow
to see if it works