Two Poems by Jim Bennett

getting ready for bed

for goodness sake get ready for bed
OMG what is your problem
it is only half past one
just get ready for bed
then if you fall asleep you don’t
have to worry
I don’t see why I have to get ready
when I am not going to bed yet
because you go asleep watching TV
them your mum or I have to wake you
so you can go to bed so just go and get ready
do you mind?
what is the problem?
you are the problem
I am trying to take a call if you don’t mind
it is half past one
exactly  isn’t that what I have been saying
it is only half past one
plenty of time yet
plenty of time for what?
for this phone call if you don’t mind
it is private
you need to get ready for bed
no you want me to get ready for bed
I want to take this call  so if you don’t mind
why don’t you go to bed and when I am ready
I will go to bed

I told you to get ready for bed
not lie on your bed and go asleep
now get yourself ready for bed
OMG what is your problem
it is only half past three


gravity

he stood having belts and ropes
tied into place tested secured
his ankles tethered hobbled
then shuffles forward stands
arms outstretched

so I stand here thinking about him
listen to her cut into me
with words designed to draw blood
she was intent on getting rid of me
this time once and for all she said
and I could feel the rope tighten bite into flesh
as stomach churns

I had seen him on the TV and she had said then
how stupid it was to jump
to trust your life to an elastic rope
he had totted for a moment on the edge
then fell forward hands still stretched wide

I can feel the fall begin
head first heading into an abyss
the ground far below
wondering when or if the bungee rope
will start to pull me back
like the man on TV
or if this will be the time
that gravity wins



Jim Bennett is a poet who was born in Liverpool in the UK a long time ago and is still alive (we think).

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