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Jon Tait

Oct
2017
Thursday 12th
posted by Jody Porter in Arts

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Up with the Birds
Jon Tait

Every job has its own secret language;
ours is a world of yorks,
of docket, tipping monkeys,
fittings and trays.
With feet (in regulation boots)
planted firmly to fire mail
into green plastic slots at 6am,
up with the birds,
the seagulls that patrol silent streets
to tear open bin bags
and spill out the guts,
the starlings startled from roosting
to circle wet rooftops.
Up with the crows
that hop along the perimeter fencing
and flit at the beep of an ID card scan.
It’s like walking home from a party
but you’re heading for graft, not bed,
and the smell of hot coffee
from a dispensing machine,
and the brightness of strip lights,
the duties sheets, the walks,
the easy listening tunes on the radio.

 

Jon Tait is a postal worker and writer from Northumberland who lives in Carlisle. His first full collection Barearse Boy was published by Smokestack.

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