Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Taking Stock (2009)

This was also another piece written during term 1 at the Roundhouse Poetry Collective, the title was given to us by Polar Bear, and this is what I wrote. I've no idea back then why I wrote everything in capitol's, which is why I have left it that way, as it's an indication of where I was at the time.


TAKING STOCK

HE KNEW HE'D GONE TOO FAR
WHEN HE WALKED OUT WITH THE HOLBY CITY BOXSET,
.......AND THEN TOOK IT BACK,
WHEN HE WAS NEXT ON SHIFT WITH THE AIR OF A DISGRUNTLED CUSTOMER
UNSATISIFED WITH THE PRODUCT

THE EXPANDING PILE'S OF DVD'S ON PERMENANT LOAN FORM WORK,
IN THE CORNER OF TONY'S BEDROOM
WAS STARTING TO RESEMBLE A MINI METROPOLIS
WITH EACH PILE A SKY SCRAPER,
TRYING TO OUTDO THE NEAREST NEIGHBOUR
IN A SHOW OF HEIGHT MEANS POWER

TONY KNEW HE'd BECOAME TOO LAX WITH HIS HABIT TOO TAX
I MEAN, HOLBY CITY?
WHAT WAS HE THINKING?
AND THEN TAKING IT BACK??
WHAT WAS HE THINKING?

BUT TONY WAS INDIFFERENT
INSISTENT TO HIS FREINDS THAT HE COULDANT CARE LESS EITHER WAY
IN FACT
HE SAID HE'D WELCOME A SACKING

IT MIGHT PROMOPT HIM TO DO SOMETHING WITH HIS DEGREE
TONY KNEW HE TOOK OLYMPIC GOLD WHEN IT CAME
TO INTERNATIONAL UNDERACIEVMENT
HE DID'NT SPEACK MUCH OF HIS OWN DESIRE
HE DID ONCE SHOW ME A FILM HE MADE AFTER THE CHRISTMAS PARTY LAST YEAR

IN A DRUNKEN STATE
WE PILED BACK TO HIS MUM'S HOUSE
AND I SPOTED IT HIDING IN AOUNGST THE HUNDREDS OF DVD'S
HE RELUCTANTLY AGREED AND STUCK IT ON

OF COURSE I DID'NT UNDERSTAND IT
NO-ONE DID
AND I CAN ONLY PRESUME AT THE POINT,
STEVE,
WHO'D NEVER LIKED TONY,
STEVE JUST WERNT THAT CLEVOR
BUT HE WAS CLEVOR ENOUGH TO PUT 2 AND 2 TOGETHER
AND ATTIRTUBE THE LARGE NUMBER OF DVD'S IN TONYS POSSESSION,
TO ACCOUNT FOR A LARGE AMOUNT OF MISSING STOCK
IN THE ANNUAL STOCK TAKE
IT WAS ONLY A SMALL STORE

AND SURE ENOUGH STEVE WAS CAUGHT
WELL, NOT CAUGHT, YET
INNCOCENT UNTIL PROOVEN GUILITY
THE AREA LOSS PREVENTION OFFICER
HAD HIM IN THE OFFICE,
CLUTCHING THE HOLBY CITY BOXSET
LIKE A DETETVICE INSPECTOR CLUTCHING THE PREVERBIRAL BOOK

TONY COULDANT JUSTIFY WHY HE WAS IN POSSESSION OF THE BOXSET
JUST BEFORE STORE OPENING TIME OF 9A.M
AND THE 5 STAR LOSS PREVENTION OFFICER TURNED CHEIF SUPER INTENDANT
COULDANT PROOVE THAT TONY HAD ROBBED IT AS HE WAS TECHNICALLY ON THE PREMISIES
THE LOSS PREVENTION MAN WAS BECOME MORE AND MORE FRSUTRATED
AS I COULD SEE THOUGH THE WINDOW IN THE DOOR OF THE OFFICE
THE HOLBY CITY BOXSET ATTCHED TO A HAND THAT WAS FLAPPING ROUND
LIKE A T-SHIRT ON A WASHING LINE IN A STRONG WIND

I IMAGNINED TONY WAS PROIBABLY FINDING THE WHOLE AFFAIR QUITE AMMUSING
OR AT LEAST SOMEWHAT INCONVINING
BUT WHEN HE CAME OUT
THE ONLY THING HE SAID WAS
"I THOUGHT THE FIRST EPISODE WAS ALLRIGHT, BUT THERE WAS NO PROGESSION"
HE GAVE A SLIGHT SMILE
SIGHED
IT LATER TRANSIRED THAT HE'S BEEN TEMPROAILEY SUSPENDED
PENDING INVESTIGATION
WHICH WOULD EXPLAIN WHY I SAW HIM ON MY LUNCHBREAK
BUYING A PEN, A PAD AND A COPY OF AN OPEN UNIVERSTITY MAGAZINE

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