The Mersey Silence

(In memory of Adrian Henri
on the 40th Anniversary
of The Mersey Sound)

The scent of plastic daffodils
mingles with the chipshop stained
streets of Liverpool 8

Impaled seagulls
wrench themselves free
to fly over painted Rhyl sands

Ubu cries 'merdre'
as the final ferry
sinks slowly into the Mersey

White cotton knickers
rain from schoolgirl skies
as the Batsign flickers

just one last


over the forgotten
hopscotch pavements
of Mount St.

By Nathan Penlington