Longlisted Poem 2013
Y Pant School, Pontyclun, Wales
Applying to University
You polish your congenital grey matter
Until it shines a fashionable silver.
A gleam that’s sure to dazzle all
Obliged to study
The anal arrangement of the set
Spread before them.
All present and correct as required,
The teapot taking centre stage
As a carefully balanced array of
Each collector who expertly values the set,
Though they smile,
Shed a thin layer of dust
As they examine.
So you polish again.
Restore the radiance.
Someone’s sure to want it,
Your finest silver.
Have you not heard?
As the faint whispers amass to
Your painstakingly polished tea set.
They collect only platinum.
© Martha Reed
- Date January 9, 2015
- Tags 2013 The Details - Longlisted Poems