Solo

By Roddy Lumsden b. 1966 Roddy Lumsden
For once, I felt wanted, dead or alive,
the day my fame outgrew the Famous Five.

There came a time I could give no more
to the other guys in the Gang of Four

and I felt the dead weight fall from me
when I unyoked the clowns of the Crucial Three.

I considered all this as I boarded the bus
to quit the town not big enough for both of us.

One eye didn’t seem so much to leave behind
as I sped to my job in the kingdom of the blind.

Roddy Lumsden, “Solo” from Mischief Night: New and Selected Poems, 2004.  Reprinted with the permission of Bloodaxe Books Ltd., www.bloodaxebooks.com.

Source: Mischief Night (Bloodaxe Books, 2004)

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Poet Roddy Lumsden b. 1966

POET’S REGION Scotland

Subjects Living, Disappointment & Failure, Activities, Jobs & Working, Travels & Journeys, Social Commentaries, Life Choices

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Roddy Lumsden was born in St. Andrews, Scotland; he describes his upbringing as small-town and working-class. His earliest exposure to literature came from his mother and older brother, who would read aloud to him when he was a child. Later, when he attended school, his writing was influenced by the works of W.S. Graham, Philip Larkin, Thom Gunn, T.S. Eliot, and Sylvia Plath, and by song lyrics.

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SUBJECT Living, Disappointment & Failure, Activities, Jobs & Working, Travels & Journeys, Social Commentaries, Life Choices

POET’S REGION Scotland

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