Underneath the bridge of heartache the saintly take shelter

In the dark tunnel of delusions white-face clowns aim to provoke

There’s a Best Ragweed Hotel made up of just cardboard

Where a ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ Madam comforts the broke


On the merry-go-round favoured by ‘bruise easily’ lovers

The pipe organ plays cacophonous rhapsodies

Steam powered wooden ponies all bobbing for cover

A found out priest weeps, head bowed, down on his knees


The slick politicians go visit the frozen lake there

They skate over thin ice and frosty white lies

They dress up for the occasion blindfolded

Untruths easier to sell in hopeless disguise


The enchantress evokes her charms naked

She says, “It keeps all my magic aglow”

Her incantations as ever spellbinding

When there’s a poisonous hex to bestow


A gaunt phoenix stays put in the ashes

Too sick and tired to rise up again

Samson shaves his head before a cracked mirror

Delilah speaks not, she prefers to abstain


In a nest of unholy smooth operators

Sex playthings replace human touch

All one and the same to the titular bishop

And to the eyeless who don’t care all that much


I’ll take you there if you let me

I’ll show you a world upside down

You can wear only your choker of gemstones

Perhaps, maybe that blood red wedding gown


26 thoughts on “A WORLD UPSIDE DOWN

  1. Reblogged this on HemmingPlay and commented:
    Sharing another piece from blogger friend Mike Steeden, who is probably at this moment in a coffee shop (I’m imagining) on the coast of England. Or maybe in France. And I’m jealous. 🙂

  2. WOW! WOW! WOW! This is definitely in my top ten favorites of your work, Sir Mike! (And the fact that I currently feel like that gaunt phoenix has nothing to do with it.) ❤

      1. Not entirely sure thinking about it…waltz is not my strong suit. I was hoping for obscure opera. Certainly waltz is ideal – almost as a metronome to a musician – for the meter of a verse!

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