New for Headcase, by Brian Bilston

I Would Like to Apologise for the Delay

 

I would like to apologise for the delay

in coming to work today.

This is due to a signaling failure

between my primary motor cortex

and pyramidal motor pathway.

I shall remain here instead,

sidelined in this bed,

until further notice.

 

I would like to apologise for the delay

in going for a run today.

This is due to leaves on the tracksuit

I wore last week,

during my unsuccessful attempt

to bury myself

in a coppiced wood.

I would be there still if I could.

 

I would like to apologise for the delay

in joining your skiing holiday.

This is due to the wrong kind of snow,

which, as far as I’m concerned,

is any kind of snow

that enables people

to hurtle down slopes, at speed,

on skis.

 

I would like to apologise for the delay

in taking part in life today.

This is due to delays.

 

Brian Bilston

 

Liz Fraser