Paul Hansford


Paul Hansford Poems

1. Four Haiku 5/2/2008
2. Gifts 5/2/2008
3. Life (Sonnet) 5/6/2008
4. Magenta 5/7/2008
5. Metamorphosis - 3 Variations On A Theme 5/9/2008
6. Just A Minute! 5/10/2008
7. Testing A Theory 5/11/2008
8. You, Young Girls... 3/13/2008
9. The First Time 4/22/2008
10. The Science Of Parting 4/24/2008
11. Seventeen Words 5/16/2008
12. Like Going Into A Dark Room 5/16/2008
13. Questions 5/21/2008
14. Dos Besos (A Brief Love Story) 5/23/2008
15. Words And Music (Sestina) 5/25/2008
16. In-Convenience 6/22/2008
17. Spring Song 6/26/2008
18. Spring (Sonnet / Acrostic) 6/29/2008
19. Inconsequential Syllables 6/29/2008
20. Remnants: Auschwitz 7/3/2008
21. This Is Not A Poem 7/3/2008
22. Pantoum Written After A Visit To Tate Modern 5/22/2008
23. Whose Apples? 7/3/2008
24. Meeting In Jerusalem 7/3/2008
25. These Children.... 7/3/2008
26. Will Granny Be Coming? 7/4/2008
27. Swifts In The Wind 7/5/2008
28. Insides 7/5/2008
29. Photographs I Never Took 7/6/2008
30. There Is No Comment Submitted By Members. 11/15/2008
31. Six Poets (Clerihews) 12/8/2008
32. Death Of A Queen 12/23/2008
33. Varanasi 12/23/2008
34. Artist’s Model 1/1/2009
35. Fragment Of A Novel (More Of A Prose Poem Really) 4/4/2009
36. All Chinese To Me 4/13/2009
37. Rainbow 4/19/2009
38. Three Non-Conversations 5/16/2009
39. Life Cycle (A Tritina) 5/25/2009
40. Absence 5/26/2009
Best Poem of Paul Hansford

My Shopping List

I write my shopping-list in rhyme.
It doesn’t take me too much time,
and always helps me to remember.
(I’ve been doing it since last September.)

Wholemeal bread
low-fat spread
strawberry jam
dry-cured ham
Cheddar cheese
frozen peas
free-range eggs
chicken legs
grape jelly
pork belly
lamb chops
lemon drops
fillet steak
chocolate cake
cookie mix
seafood sticks
tortilla chips
salsa dips
instant coffee
treacle toffee
dried sultanas
ripe bananas
runner beans
a bunch of greens
new potatoes
vine ...

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The First Time

I was only seventeen, and you were about the same,
and I knew nothing about you – I barely knew your name.
But I looked at you, and you looked at me, and we looked at each other, and then…
I knew, the first time you smiled at me, I wanted to see you again.

So I went where I knew I could find you, and asked you to go on a date,
and you looked quite shy, but you said you would, and I knew it must be fate.
And I looked at you, and you looked at me, and we looked at each other, and then…

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