Day 17

Not Red Radio

 

a packed common room is guaranteed

on Thursday night for TOTP

or Top of the Pops – now we can see

the faces and the moves

the grooves, the new songs

and look at what they are wearing!

 

the days for music lovers are Thursdays and Sundays

 

the Sunday top forty count-down

when I’m going to tape the whole thing

I would buy

two C90s

or I would take just one

when trying to catch a few songs

 

wait for the DJ’s intro

to trail away, then snap off the pause

play and record

the triangle and the red button

allow the recording to go on

so that Blondie or New Order

can perform later on

 

it was not a red radio

but a fourteenth year

present

now I know that

most of the jukebox running

around my brain

was from then on

 

rewind

back to the counter

play, rewind to the second

then stop at the new sweet spot

ready to pounce, just wait

to catch the next band

 

if the cassette is not done tonight, then

turn it on the other side

and rewind on a biro pen

 

 

Saffron – April 2020

 


Prompt:

Write a poem that features forgotten technology. Maybe it’s a VCR, or a rotary phone. A cassette player or even a radio. If you’re looking for a potential example, check out this poem by Adam Clay, which takes its central metaphor from something that used to stoke fear in the hearts of kids typing term papers, or just trying to play a game of Oregon Trail.