HOMBURG

your multinigual
business friend
has packed her bags
and fled
leaving only
ash-filled ashtrays
and the lipsticked
unmade bed

the mirror
on reflection
has climbed back
upon the wall
for the floor
she found
descended
and the ceiling
was too tall

your trouser cuffs are dirty
and your shoes
are laced up wrong
you’d better take off
your Homburg
‘cos your overcoat
is too long

the town clock
in the market square
stands waiting for the hour
when its hands
they both turn backwards
and on meeting will devour
both themselves
and also any fool
who dares
to tell the time
and the sun and moon
will shatter
and the sign posts
cease to sign

your trouser cuffs are dirty
and your shoes
are laced up wrong
you’d better take off
your Homburg
‘cos your overcoat
is too long…

–Brooker & Reid (1967)

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