Waiting by Joseph Ridgwell



Sometimes there’s all this waiting
Doing nothing
Waiting for something to happen
Four golden eagles soaring into the abyss
A lunar eclipse of the mind
Soldiers marching on Rome
Twelve abreast
Goose stepping to glory
A rocket man landing on
A green hill in Wyoming
A log raft floating down the Chattahoochee river
Shelly Fabares getting fucked by Johnny Angel
A girl walking through a fair
At the end of a long, hot summer
And still nothing happens
Except it gets dark
And there’s a black moon
And in the morning
A black sun
And twelve juggling junipers
On the crest of an ocean wave
Heading towards
Machu Picchu
So what are we waiting for
Waiting around to die
Waiting for god to reveal his hand
Waiting for redemption
A letter from abroad
A revelation
A prophecy

joseph-ridgwell-profileJoseph Ridgwell was raised in East London and is a cult figure of the literary underground both in the UK and abroad. Ridgwell has published five collections of poetry, two short story collections, three novellas and two novels. A second collection of stories was published by New York’s Bottle of Smoke Press in Summer 2015. In November 2015 – Leamington Books – published his long-awaited debut novel – Burrito Deluxe – On the Road for the Offbeat Generation. His second novel – The Cross Part 1, 2 & 3 were published in serial format by Paper & Ink Press in 2015/2016. Also due for publication in 2016 are Jamaica & Mexico which will form a trilogy with Cuba, which was published in 2014. The trilogy is published by Pig Ear Press.

Ridgwell is currently working on his 6th collection of poetry and a prequel to Burrito Deluxe. Ridgwell Stories was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize and was long-listed for the 2016 Saboteur awards. For further details of the authors work and current state of mind go to his website by clicking here…

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