Poem: Invitation Not Required

By: Anthony J. Langford


Too easy to dismiss
Or misplace
Turn the cheek
Without eyeing the face.

It’s not that the intent is bad
Or the words cliché
But that there’s so much more
That precedes it.

A shack in the bush
A laser lined compound
Your space penetrable
If they wish it
Eyes in the darkness
A hand near your shoulder
A click on your photo
A voice is not a platform
And turning away
Does not remove
The person.

We are sand
Drifting across a desert road
A whisper
Lost to the air.


Anthony J. Langford lives in Sydney, writes novels, stories, poetry and creates video poems. He is a 2014 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Recent publications include Five Poetry Magazine, Forge Journal and The Glass Coin. He works in television and has made short films, some screening internationally. A novella, Bottomless River (2012) and a poetry collection, Caged without Walls (2013) are out through Ginninderra Press.

Much of his work at www.anthonyjlangford.com


Categories: Poetry

Tagged as:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.