Tuesday Poem: It’s Our Dance

Brendan Cleary was born in Carrickfergus and now lives in Brighton. He has published eight collections of poetry and is editor of the journal The Echo Room.

for Lorna

Every Sunday

I play Nina Simone’s

‘My baby just cares for me’

& with a different flower

in your hair every week

you spring out from the bar

& I leave the mixing desk

& we dance with our hangovers,

yes we dance around the bar

& last week we ended up

outside briefly on Lewes Road

in the petrol hazes

& we even waltzed

out to the beer garden

& everybody smiles

when we dance together

to ‘My baby just cares for me’

& for a few precious minutes

it’s as if we have all swallowed the moon

& everyone is lighter

& the world might not ever end.


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