There was the Savoy and Lyceum, the Majestic and Colosseum, the Regal and the Roxy, the Tonic and the Troxy, the Princess and the Pallidrome, the Alhambra and Hippodrome. Great picture palaces, art deco and glass, velvet and brass, where the poor of Belfast could feel like stars for a night.
And the Strand, sailing up the Holywood Road like a great ocean liner, where my grandmother took a flask of tea and sandwiches to Gone With The Wind, and my father watched Flash Gordon and Roy Rodgers, and rode an imaginary Trigger the two miles home.
Now the Lido is a chapel, the Metro sells fried chicken the Apollo, a Chinese supermarket, and the Alpha, a loyalist drinking den.
But the Strand, where my father saw Flash kiss Dale, and my grandmother saw Rhett kiss Scarlet, where I kissed a girl badly in the back row, five minutes before the film ended,
Irish poet, who spent his early years in Belfast and now lives in Coleraine with his wife and 2 children. His first collection "Thomas" was published by Lapwing in 2005, and his second collection "Black Eyed Peace" has just been published. It is available as either a free eBook or in traditional printed format. His work has been widely published in magazines, anthologies, and on-line. His work has also been broadcast and published by the BBC and a number of his poems have achieved competition success. He has been involved with the Ballymoney Writers for over 15 years and has edited and published 3 collections of their work.
Put off the lantern. I am waiting for the moon’s primal face. The lesser flamingoes were going to shed the pink color. Nude as a python, the kiss of pomegranates, kills by asphyxiation. I suffer in the hands of protests.
It was night sin of domesticity. Dyed, I am loading the white secret of pain in the hollow of a mayhem. Till every blunder takes a downward flight striping the outsized image of a kill. His flames are now singeing
Full moon night Sky covers with stars You by my side What else I want in this dark Holding your hand and Walking through the path Laughing at the useless talk Now a good company I have got Looking into