Fair Play (As the stars give and take) A poem by Tony Martin-Woods


Roaring Applause
 
    “The future belongs  
     to those who believe 
     in the beauty of their dreams”  
cried the politician 
to the excited crowd
of tender eyes
hit by a trembling sunset

Roaring Applause

It was an evening 
of sweat, joy, hope, 
cheers, banners,  
drinks, hot dogs, 
mobile pics, 
flags and burgers, 
accidental rubbing 
of bodily parts, 
human communion, 
siblings in arms,
shoulder to shoulder,
etcetera, etcetera
and vice versa
all over again

They go home

now, the event 
has been consumed,
empty all around 
plastic 
tall walls  
plastic 
cheap stands 
enclosure  
formerly green 
ground of pride
covered 
with dead litter

No burial
or cremation
in this funeral 
of dusk.
   
Sigh
 
The happy cleaner 
in charge  
of clearing 
single-handedly 
all the mess  
went on to the silent stage   
and shouted
husky non-binary
vocal chords      
eyes cast on the sky: 

Sigh 

    I am the only owner  
    of my sexual fantasies 
    with any of you
 
    My brain is mine,
    perhaps a glorified gut,
    who knows

    Every shot 
    or scene   
    that I project inside my head
    with my genitalia-powered 
    camera 
    with my solo heart-pumped  
    streaming 
    belongs solely to me

    No intellectual property! 
    No performance rights! 
    No subscription fees! 
 
    Bring your own clothes, 
    or make use 
    of any  
    of my free  
    unlimited costumes  
    in my free  
    exclusive 
    staff 
    undressing room
 
    I solemnly promise
    I will not broadcast  
    nor disseminate 
    any footage whatsoever,  
    so, please, 
    don’t worry about pain  
    or shame,  
    or the pertinence 
    or aesthetics   
    of our postures: 
 
    We all shall be healed 
 
    in my dreams 
    lonely 
    we love each other, 
    deep,
    in full, 
    as one 

Fair play 

Meanwhile,
high up,
neutron stars 
thinking themselves
as discreet hunters
fall prey
of inverse matter
of no colour
unthought of

For our light 
through darkness 
comes 

 
Quote at the beginning of the poem: apparently first made, literally, by Eleanor Roosevelt, 
but it could have been said, and will be said in the future, by many other people. 

 
 

 
Antonio Martínez Arboleda:
Antonio (Tony Martin-Woods) started to write poetry for the public in 2012, at the age of 43, driven by his political indignation. That same year he also set in motion Poesía Indignada, an online publication of political poetry. He runs the poetry evening Transforming with Poetry at Inkwell, in Leeds, and collaborates with 100 Thousands Poets for Change 100tpc.org/. Tony is also known in the UK for his work as an academic and educator under his real-life name, Antonio Martínez Arboleda at the University of Leeds. His project of digitisation of poetry, Ártemis, compiles more than 100 high quality videos of Spanish poets and other Open Educational Resources. http://www.artemispoesia.com/ .

He is the delegate in the UK of Crátera Revista de Crítica y Poesía Contemporánea , where he also publishes his work as translator from English into Spanish. He published his first volume of poetry in Spanish, Los viajes de Diosa (The Travels of Goddess), in 2015, as a response to the Great Recession, particularly in Spain. His second book, Goddess Summons the Nation Paperback , Goddess Summons the Nation Kindle Edition , is a critique of the ideas of nation and capitalism, mainly in the British Brexit context. It incorporates voices of culprits, victims and heroes with mordacity and rhythm. It consists of 21 poems, 18 of which are originally written in English, available in print and kindle in Amazon and other platforms. Editor’s note: further information bio & academic activities can be found at this link: https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/languages/staff/91/antonio-martinez-arboleda

 
 
 
 
 
Robin Ouzman Hislop is Editor of Poetry Life and Times at Artvilla.com ; You may visit Aquillrelle.com/Author Robin Ouzman Hislop about author & https://poetrylifeandtimes.com See Robin performing his work Performance (University of Leeds)