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Have You Got a Biro I Can Borrow? by Clive James

Have You Got a Biro I Can Borrow? by Clive James

Here is a little poetry for a Tuesday afternoon - from none other than Clive James himself.

Posted on 12th April 2016 by Clive James

Clive James made his name as a critic, broadcaster, essayist, novelist and poet. Collected Poems 1958 - 2015 is James’ own selection from over fifty years' work in verse: from his early satires to his recent poems looking back over his extraordinarily rich life with a clear-eyed and unflinching honesty.

 

Have You Got a Biro I Can Borrow?

 

Have you got a biro I can borrow?

I’d like to write your name

On the palm of my hand, on the walls of the hall

The roof of the house, right across the land

So when the sun comes up tomorrow

It’ll look to this side of the hard-bitten planet

Like a big yellow button with your name written on it

 

Have you got a biro I can borrow?

I’d like to write some lines

In praise of your knee, and the back of your neck

And the double-decker bus that brings you to me

So when the sun comes up tomorrow

It’ll shine on a world made richer by a sonnet

And a half-dozen epics as long as the Aeneid

 

Oh give me a pen and some paper

Give me a chisel or a camera

A piano and a box of rubber bands

I need room for choreography

And a darkroom for photography

Tie the brush into my hands

 

Have you got a biro I can borrow?

I’d like to write your name

From the belt of Orion to the share of the Plough

The snout of the Bear to the belly of the Lion

So when the sun goes down tomorrow

There’ll never be a minute

Not a moment of the night that hasn’t got you in it

 

Clive James’ Collected Poems 1958-2015 is out April 21st and available to pre-order now.

Related books

Collected Poems: 1958 - 2015 (Hardback)

Collected Poems: 1958 - 2015 (Hardback)

Clive James

£25.00