Mary McCallum has started an exciting new Tuesday Poem event for bloggers (see her blog for details and links to other blogging poets taking part).

So, here’s one of my poems (better late than never.)  The poem is Lament of an Old Punk, which first appeared in The North and subsequently in AUP New Poets 3.

Lament of an Old Punk

do they think they invented it
these pierced youth?

no studios in my day, you just
picked up a safety pin off the floor of the bar

and shoved it through your cheek
five times I pierced myself that way

except one time I used the business end
of a ‘Never Mind the Bollocks’ badge

it’s easier if you get drunk first
but sometimes you just need the pain