Words from the poet
I hope you enjoy the poetry I have to offer. My poetry comes from a combination of my memories of home, the distant signs of the old world of the Hen Ogledd (The Old North) and the interesting juxtapositions which the old can create when brought in to encompass the new. I have tried through my work to create a sense of the energy which can be held in the earth, and the wonder which is so close to us, if only we take the time to feel it.
H-J Hoyles, known as Hadley, is a poet, writer and teacher from North Yorkshire, who is based in Edinburgh. He is responsible for The Alcove: Poetry In Edinburgh events and is the author of Yan, available for reading on request from this site.
His mission is to spread the love and appreciation of arts in all their varied forms across Edinburgh and beyond. Hadley's particular focus is on his preferred medium of poetry, but through his work with The Alcove, he endeavours to provide a platform to artists of all sorts, whether their strengths lie in poetry, prose, music or otherwise, it matters not!
After the hubbub
And the crassness of the active battle
You slither out, basking in the tension
Left in the murk after a rip-roarer
Of a show. You settle
Your flimsy layers
And your granite guts
As the sediment returns
To its grounding point, goaded no more.
Finger, food, you
Build all your life with no
Concern from whence it came.
You break apart bone, ligament, ex-
Cruciating tendon, as if it were
A delight to your fussless stomach.
Nightlife comes to your dark-already door
Niggling away at the peace of your churning.
You slide out, and politely tell it
“The same as last night, I haven’t
The time or the inclination-
My heart was never in it.” Your
Faceless grin looks eerie
As much as polite, a monstrous balance
Of the housewife, the banker, the trader.
Nothing in your grin gives offence, nothing
Gives; yet beneath it all
Through the newly digested bone
You are impatiently waiting for the day
When nightlife will overstep its bounds
And you have just and probable cause
To swallow the moon.