Trading in Futures

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i work freelance as a bureaucrat
but i write poetry when i'm wearing my other hat
you'd like to know more about that

but you work in the city as an analyst
playing snakes and ladders and taking those calculated risks
trading in futures just like this

but you've booked on a course for the spring
come on tell me everything
'Representations of the City in Contemporary Poetics'
so soon you'll be able to say:

'look at the things we've made!
come rest beneath the laurel shade'

but poetry could never bridge the gap
that yawns between us now
so throw all my thoughts off the top of Canary Wharf

while i try to keep up with the scene
in online avant-garde magazines from America
so much i could share with you

but young lovers so often get it wrong
won't you stay at least till the end of the song?
there's another round of redundancies coming along

please don't cite the time we'd save
against the love we could have made

oh get paper
oh accumulate zeros


from Pale Clouded Yellow, released June 30, 2014
also featuring:

Nathan Feddo - double bass



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