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Concentration and Libraries Are Acrimoniously Divorced. By C.p. Singleton (c) 2013

So I sit, as comfortable as an arthritic
On a cold, damp day.
I’m inside Sittingbourne Library and
I pine at the books that surround me.

I have to shift constantly in my fuchsia torture chair.

I am told it’s fuchsia by an attractive library assistant,
With a high pitched southern scratch.

I wouldn’t know what “fuchsia” was
Even if it sidled up to me and carved its colour into my hand

Whilst screaminG: “I’M FUCHSIA, YOU GIMP!”

Back to my pining.

I shift again like I did last summer.

I pine. I lament. I damn-right sulk.
For everywhere I look, among the
Lucky ones:

Briefs Encountered by Julian Clary,

A wide selection of Dick Francis;

Vanishing Africa by Gianni Giansanti;

Clive James’ hilarious commentaries;

Poetry by the laureate Ted Hughes;

Terry Pratchet; et al…

In between I see big spaces…with the

Scared voice of the boy from Sixth Sense

Whispering into my cold lugs…


I shift my irritated leg up and down like a water-pump.


…and not one single space is filled with me.

I consider writing out slips of paper of

My poetry and stories
surreptitiously fill the gaps,
Like peasant book-tokens,
Into the well-earned life-works of
The talented unaware…

I slip down the seat. The edge is nigh.

…voices can be heard above my thoughts.
Bar-codes and logins, scanners and availability are discussed.
Where has the time gone when stern
Ladies, with specs on pointy nose-ends,
Glared above lenses at the slightest
Chair scrape or obnoxious sneeze.

Concentration and libraries are now
Acrimoniously divorced.

This is an era where librarians flirt
Joke in voices loud and thoughtless.

This is an time where librarians wear
Tight, defined jeans and low-cut
Cleavage-announcing tops.

This is now a place where mobiles are
Answered confidently,
Tiffs are ended,
Love is shared.

A place where ignorant slobs
Chomp on food and slurp,
Like calves at thumb, on cheap
NRG drinks.

Signs laughingly suggest that we
“Take it easy”

Children run headlong into scared
Half-laden bookshelves.

I shift my last shift.
I will either end up on the anorexic,
Grey wall-to-wall carpet, with

a cracked tail-bone
Or I will become immune to this chair.

Either way it’s time to pull my finger out and

Fill some spaces…


About Chris42

I am a liar! A maker-uper of stories! If this was the 16 (c) I'd be burned as a witch. Fank goodness it is not, eh?! I have four children: two wonderful girls, a fantastic lad and Leeds United. I have no strict genre. I write children's poetry and stories, to edgy, stronger themes. Up until now I have stored them for my own and my family's viewing. Last year i thought bugger it and starred in several short films. One, Playground, which is on the BBC Film Network, used the monologue that I wrote for the audition. You should've seen the face of the receptionist, of the Manchester hotel, where the audition was being held, as I turned up dressed as the psychopath, Gordon. It got the desired effect! I then moved up to Cumbria and wrote and appeared in several live performances on stage. 2012. A local artist, Kayleigh Richardson, commissioned me to write a poem for her to paint a representation. I sent her, The Rise of the Robot Monkey Army. Kayleigh painted a fantastic piece that blew my mind! From that we are collaborating on the Jacob Bear series of stories. Oh and Two's Company is to published, along with seventeen other Sci Fi short stories as part of a collection. Not a bad start to the, so called, last year of the Earth. Now is the time to show the rest of you. I take my themes wherever i see them, whether in reality or dream-world. I hope you enjoy. If not tell me why. If so tell me why. Many thanks and be safe. So far I have published: Jacob Bear's first Christmas,https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007GK872A (UK) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007GK872A (USA) Jacob Bear Goes to School https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007JD3OKY (UK) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007JD3OKY (USA Jacob's First Words https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007VZWPSC (UK) & http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007VZWPSC (USA) Space Here https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007H96M90 (UK) &http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007H96M90#reader_B007H96M90 The Rise of the Sponge Cake Moon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007WWZ16M (UK) & http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007WWZ16M (USA) © Madstoffa, 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.


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