Mixed Messages poem #4: ‘Suddenly’


Now featuring an audio recording of Ellie McKay reading ‘Suddenly’. With thanks to Colin Waters and the Scottish Poetry Library for sound engineering and hosting on their SoundCloud page.


I don’t quite know what to say,

                                    what I should say.

I wish I’d told you

                       all that I could have said.

I wish I’d told you how much I loved you

instead of quarrelling about my short skirts

and wearing make up to school.

                       all that I could have said,

                       what I should have said.


                       No goodbye. Nothing.

Never to be repeated.


‘Suddenly’ is the fourth poem in the Mixed Messages sequence. Like the others, it is a found poem created from texts, voicemails, emails and tweets sent in by members of the public. You can read the other poems in the series in the ‘Poems’ tag.


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