Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2010


by Alister Gray

I've been to many countries, witnessed amazing things;
from koala bears to casino's and Asian kings.
Growing up in Edinburgh a bonnie wee lad,
dreaming about such things from my high-rise pad.

Culture, cuisine, different kinds of people,
a thirty minute marriage in a Las Vegas steeple.
In a tent, a hostel or a Holiday Inn,
sleeping with no mattress or sharing a twin.

Cruising the east coast with four of my mates,
singing out aloud along to Dire Straits.
Such little things, memories make me happy,
emotions filling up like a baby's nappy.

Mandy & Gavin our two favourite cars,
lying on their bonnet's gazing at the stars.
With not a care in the world or a problem in sight,
besides "what's for breakfast?" and "when's our next flight?".

Girls, sex and herbal highs,
steel toe-cap boots and chicken pies.
Refurbishing boats, what were we thinking?
Party after party fuelled by excessive drinking.

Slow boats, trains and planes with propellers,
South-East Asian black-market sellers.
A jungle trek? "Yeah sure, why not?"
Bamboo rice & curry in a wooden pot.

And now the 12 months are almost done,
no more driving in the heat of the midday sun.
I've been a farmer to a painter, we've had so much fun.
I was a jack of all trades, master of none.

Added: 13.04.2010