In a strawberry field, you looked like someone I never knew
by malo gledhill
Don’t pay attention to the sirens, the police tend to be rude and
take over the space with their noise I’m embarrassed for them.
You set a perimeter to protect me from the chaos outside
The patch of grass you’ve selected lets me cry and burn under [confusion.]
Nick Drake prompts our conversation on ego-death
The grapes I’ve packed pop inappropriately in my mouth.
The juice tastes better mixed with my tears
I’ve never lived as much as today.
Long brown hair
You might as well be him
“So what are you seeing?”
“Wait, shit you haven’t been seeing the same things?”
“No I’m not in your head”
“That’s insane, you might as well be”
“You know you could be him”
“I know, I’ve also noticed strange similarities”
You know if I could speak to him
I’d tell him not to stop just because of the burden of my existence
That he should keep writing
That you shouldn’t worry
My heart will keep beating to the tempo of your talent
My mouth will feed on stories you have yet to tell
Fuck, I lose control and you become him
And I go back in time
To tell you of the guilt I carry
I build a theatre and enact a scene
Where I can finally reach you
Lead you down the path
Of radical freedom of spirit
Hop onto Kerouac’s insouciance
Look at me through Steinbeck’s eyes
Let Woolf unbind your narration
And write like you already do
You’ll do so well
I look to my left, where you’re lying down.
And realize my mistake
I forced a mask on your face.
“I’m breaking the fourth wall”
My heart sinks
“It’s cool, but that’s something you should address man”
“Yeah I know”
I never do.
Malo didn’t start off with writing. He preferred telling stories and reciting other people’s poetry (especially Dylan Thomas’). When one fateful day, his friends saved him from his dark past of being a theatre kid and told him to sit down and compose. It wasn’t great, but it got better in time. Malo has already been featured in the Madrigal and is thrilled to be a part of it once more. If you’re confused by his pieces, know that he is too. Shaun the Sheep is a great show.