From Salford Quays to Piccadilly


By P.R. McDowell

These lines ain’t half seen some action…

Boy-like blokes play fighting
Voices raising
to sarcastic one-up competitive slurs,
They sway and curse under street-light stages.

Not so bright
Orange girls
Dressed up in extended fakery from head to toe;
Hold hands
for balance
not provided by thick high heels.
They repeat a boozy mantra of
“You’re my bff, luv ya soo much”
“Omg; nur way, a luv yu more!”
as salty beads well in eyes
Crocodile tears,
Earlier Bex slapped Chelle for eyeing up “her man”
The guy who clumsily felt her up in the unisex loo.

Nearby
some suit pinches his nose and sniffs loudly,
The smells of disinfectant and highs
cloying in his sinuses
From thick lines snorted earlier
off a porcelain counter,
At the start of lads’ night out.

And standing alert near the end of the platform
A couple are lost in each other;
Wrapped up
all arms and lips,
They cherish the moment.

The boy-men lose control of their immaturity
After one push too many,
They begin to brawl.
The wanna be barbies scatter,
High spirits rising in their throats
as cocktails are purged.
Suit cradles his bass battered head;
The couple ignore all,
As they love, fingers tracing contours…

These lines ain’t half seen some action.

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Image by Matt Wilkinson, used under a Creative Commons license.

P.R. McDowell is a writer of poetry, scripts and generally anything which sparks his creativity. Since late 2006 he has begun to be known for his writing. During 2008/2009 he had poems published on the online gallery Sometimes When I Wake At Night.

He began performing poetry at the Freed Up! poetry night which was done monthly at the now closed Greenroom in Manchester & hosted by Dominic Berry and Steve O’Connor, where along with other long time regular performers there, he became known as a Freed Up! veteran.

P.R. has also performed at the 2011 Environlution Festival; wrote a collaborated poem titled “Twist the Knife” with the poet Graham Halsey, and has performed at events including Poets Get Mashed, Magical Animals, Stirred, Beatification, Bang Said The Gun: Manchester, Guitar n’ Verse, and Once More With Meaning (which he was a guest compére at).

He is currently preparing for the start of production of his first independent film “True Colours” and he is also the founder of the arts organisation Light In The Dark (founded by himself, the photographer Damien Hayward, and the poet Nadeem Zafar in August 2011). Light In The Dark is an arts organisation unlike any other, run by artists for artists with the aim to get a venue of its own to run as a community-based hub providing a performance platform for artists; they are also a support development source for aspiring artists by providing them with support & development (advice, guidance & PDP’s). He can be found on Facebook or on Twitter at @P_R_McDowell.

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