COME ONE, COME ALL!
spoken word & accordion performance in my bedroom,
COME ONE, COME ALL
Come one, come all, To the penny circus
Sit amongst thieves and treacherers who, for half a century
Have sent hurried letters
To and fro
And inbetween Phantom flutters On a liquid screen
Each moment, Monumental History, happening,
canvas tents and squalor Makeshift cinemas
For scamp and skull and scholar
Breathe in the projection smoke Cigarette-moonlight
And Unruly folk
Who sit and sweat and simper And swear
While the old penny showman Collects your fare
Don’t forget your ticket now, Rip it up and sit quietly,
As the sunlight folds its arms And all the daytime falls asleep.
Prepare to revel,
in one night’s chaos
Just a few hours, a few feet, Of deus
Don’t be late.
Come one, Come all, To our nickelodeon An electric stench
Let the black-and-white ocean swallow you whole Hear the doggerel dawdle, the Dadaist droll Come and hear
What you’ve not yet heard
Come and join the vulgar herd Abrupt Abreast Aboard
I’ll see you this evening,
Up the dolly.
Come one, come all,
From near, from far,
I’ll meet you in the cinema.