Billy Liar and The Glittering Zombies (A pome, I think)

Can I ask you something?
Go on then
When you dream that you’re making love to someone else, do you tell your missus about it?
She’s not a citizen of Ambrosia. Why would I?

I read the News today, oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
Did you read the News?
Heed the News?
Did the English army win the war?
Or was it the young Americans?
And did they send in the Navy Zeals?
Send them onto the Sands of Iwo Jima
Or was it The Sands, Las Vegas?
And did they gambol on Sunset Strip?
And were they, indeed, zealous?

They gravitate to supermarkets, zombies do.
That music you can hear
It’s chosen by them
Not by management
And they sway, in time, down the aisles
Selecting stuff that may be reached with their stiff, outstretched arms
Always in time
Zombies and African-Americans have natural rhythm
An African-American zombie has never been on Dancing With The Stars
Discrimination abounds

He wants to do stand-up
Stand up, stand up. Stand up for your rights
Don’t give up the fight
Billy is a fisher of words
One-liners; Ocean liners; Billy Ocean liners
Loverboy not Lover Man
That was another Billie
Lady Day at Ladies’ Day At the Races with Groucho
Marx

Now let me ask you something
Go on then
When you’re making love to your missus, are you dreaming of someone else?
As President of Ambrosia I would consider it undemocratic to behave otherwise

A note from the author;
Billy Liar is a 1959 novel by Keith Waterhouse. There was a successful film adaptation in 1963, directed by John Schlesinger and starring Tom Courtenay as William Fisher – ‘Billy Liar’.
The ‘Glittering Zombies’ are Billy’s arch-enemies; The smooth, well-dressed but unimaginative – employing class who he longs to leave behind.
As for the rest – you’ll have to figure it out for yourself. If you do – please drop me a line as I don’t have clue one.

4 responses to “Billy Liar and The Glittering Zombies (A pome, I think)

  1. Alan mate – absolutely brilliant poem. We must be in sync – part of my mp3 listening weekend (have to show you that awesome Helium Music Manager programme) involved A Day in The Life; Young Americans and Bob’s Legend album. love on you Mike

    • Thanks Mike.Billy Fisher has long been a favourite character. I’m not sure of how Lennon,Bowie and Marley turned up to play – but I guess that’s the fun of stream of consciousness writing.Kia ora, Alan.

  2. clue one – the only way out of the the constant control of the righteous and powerful is the imagination – aka william blake

  3. Thanks Spike. It’s important to keep that idea close right now. Kia ora.

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