Wildford Suspension Bridge – Teo Eve

clouds that loitered in the greying sky

Thank you to Teo Eve for his vivid contribution to Voices and the poetry competition. Teo is a talented poet who often explores ‘themes of place and identity, and how our relationship to spaces affect our outlook on the world.’ We really appreciate Teo kindly offering his time, effort and talent.

Wilford Suspension Bridge

For Tom

On a Tuesday we knew we’d forget we chose

to stroll across the muddy fields near the river,

concerned that such a drab place could never be

poetic material, especially with nothing poetically

drab to speak of. The clouds that loitered in the greying sky

looked less like dreamscapes than dust

found after months of not cleaning your desk.

Muttering ironic muted verse, we trade perplexed

double-takes at dog walkers and family strollers,

and wonder whether the bridge is not ornamentation

after all. Love’s locked heavily on its iron bars,

and we ask if ours are not the only stories.

Our initials are embarrassingly symmetrical.

You ask me how elitist it must be to see

graffiti as modern art. Tired of small talk

we collapse on a bank, and with fiddling thumbs

wonder whether poems can ever be composed

entirely of numbers. Outsize Czech palaces

that summer we wondered who else had had

the same conversations, and where, and when,

and why.

Teo Eve

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