20th Century Poets

Beside my bed lie two large anthologies
a collection of the best English poets
and a sanitised history of The Beatles

I sometimes dip into the poetry book
but rarely understand a word of it
English written in Latin and Greek

The Beatles book is short on truth
a mythical account of four young boys
embedded in the clay of the 20th century

I prefer to read about The Fab Four
the honest dishonesty somehow disarming
whilst poets aim their arrows and miss



poem © copyright Brian Shirra 2011


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