Poems for People Who Care: The Charioteer – for Captain Tom

 In Poetry

The Charioteer 

for Captain Tom. If you read this poem, please donate to NHS Charities Together here – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tamsin-flower


He knows focus 

is a game of pretend

is a painter’s trick

suitable for all eyes

anyone can cancel out

peripheral vision

like the Channel Tunnel

or an unblinkered horse.


Every Charioteer thinks

of the finish line before 

entering the gate

high on crowd on

sweet gold ride

collar, cuffs, moonrise 

moonset crowning

his furrowed brow.


Tom shuts the front-door 

behind him, house

clean as a whistle

blazer pressed, medals

in regiment, zimmer frame 

waiting, he draws breath aaaaand –

shuffles, shiny shuffles

towards the starting line.



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