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Friday, 7 August 2020

THE SMILE POEMS #4 - NERVOUS ASTRONAUT

Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping (40 years in retailing), the golden age of Hollywood (including westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. 

joecushnan@aol.com & @JoeCushnan

I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection.  Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. I wrote a book on retailing, on dealing with job losses and a biography of film star Stephen Boyd.

This is a series of (hopefully) funny poems from hundreds I've written over the years (inspired by the likes of Spike Milligan and Roger McGough) to provoke a smile in these odd times.

NERVOUS ASTRONAUT

Ten…
The astronaut breathes a long slow sigh
Nine…
Not long ‘til the rocket’s in the sky
Eight…
The final checklist has been ticked
Seven…
Nervous lips have just been licked
Six…
Dashboard alive with noise and light
Five…
Nervous spaceman’s first Moon flight
Four…
It’s noisy now he’s at four
Three…
The engine builds into a roar
Two…
Butterflies wrestling in his tummy
One…
Astronaut cries: “I want my Mummy.”



Text © Joe Cushnan 2020

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