MORE ABOUT SOHO
The French House was humming
Bodies leaning on the counter
Furiously puffing the cigs they had been bumming
This was Bohemia in action
Rich and poor, straight and gay
No sign of fighting or faction.
Down the street at Bambino’s
The Very Miss Dusty O
Was manning the door in drag
A king-size always on the go
It wasn’t corporate, it wasn’t mundane
Way back then
And Francis Bacon frequently came by
To eye up the available young men.
There was Trannyshack on Wednesday nights
Where punks met pimps
And gays, straights, dragsters, hipsters and pop stars
Regularly mixed with Colonel Blimps.
And Grace Jones might be found
Dancing on a table to one side
With Gaultier and Donatelle Versace
Leading the Conga in the road outside.
RAINY NIGHTS IN SOHO
See all the down-and-out lickers and fuckers
Down the Embankment they tumble
Unable any longer to bear much reality
Too much self-knowledge
And time spent trotting
Between the Tate and the National
Or one of their endless reading groups
Believing they had
A story to tell
If only things had worked out,
If only the monkey had hit the right keys.
Hush! if you listen carefully
You can hear the dead click
Of their keyboards
In the raucousness of the Soho night;
The minicabs, the limos, the rickshaws all screaming
Take me…take me…I’m free
And the hen nighters, the stag nighters,
The whatever-the-fuck nighters,
Lingering in pools of their own vomit
Waiting for the paramedics to call;
Shirts open to the navel, skirts slit
From here to eternity.
Late summer, later winter, who gives a shit?
The restaurants are all full
Though nobody is really eating
Just being there is what matters.
Smokers stop the traffic
Inspecting their mobiles
What would a Martian make of that?
No one sees anything any more
Except the lampposts they walk into;
There are no witnesses to crime;
How anybody falls in love anymore is a puzzle
Eyes no longer meet in lingering amazement
Unless they are reflected
In all those infernal hand-held screens.
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