Behind the Times




Behind the Times


A man lives behind the times.

He has abandoned the world

because he doesn’t live there anymore.

There’s no way he can link the past

with the future.


New books, new music, new ideas and new values

trouble him.  Will his thoughts ever break

free from the past?


For another day disappears.

Unable to repair the damage of the years

he is burnt out inside.

Modernity has slipped through his fingers.


He knows only what is gone, not what

is to come. Cast adrift from current mores

the voice of progress cannot be heard.

Should even his thoughts be airbrushed

from history?


He has lost something but doesn’t know

what it is. Time will pass unlived.

The status quo will persist. Yet he may still

translate old into new.


There is no official timetable for change.



Alan Ford



I have been influenced by the output of Neil Astley's Bloodaxe Publishers. Also Carol Ann Duffy, Clive James,Thomas Hardy, Douglas Dunn's early work and other anthology poets. I have written eight fiction books, including the satirical ghost series such as Princess Diana's Ghost on Amazon. Other published works include various articles,short stories in Brilliant Flash Fiction, and Academy of the Heart and Mind magazines, song lyrics and poetry. The lyrics have received placements in Song of the Year and the UK Song Contest.The poems have appeared in Conclave, Down in the Dirt, Blue Lake Review, Academy of the Heart and Mind, Scarlet Leaf Review and Ariel Chart literary magazines.

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