The Nighthawks (after Edward Hopper)

The Nighthawks
(After Edward Hopper)

This little harbour
Where bored pupils moor their boots
In the faggy mist.
School is forgotten now,
Stubbed out
As we dawdle and drag.
Trawling for laughter,
Our words are puffed out
Or held in the heart
Expelled in perfect gossiping rings.
Through the window,
In the streets,
Afternoon spills into evening
A rush-hour tide of flowing feet and faces.
The moon is a silver spoon.
Lights come on in the café.

Every word has been said now.
The chink of cup and spoon is done
As we fumble for change
And disperse like sugar
Dissolving into the caffeine city
With peppermints handy for questioning parents;
But for the moment we are sails,
Filled up with ourselves
Heading homeward
Through the dregs
Of dusk.

from Poems with Attitude Uncensored (Hodder, 2002), copyright © Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters 2002, used by permission of the authors and the publisher


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1Where were the Experts when it came to Kissing?

2What my Mother Said

3Brace Yourself

4Skate Date

5Goldilocks and the Phwoar Boys

6French Verbs

7Unevensong (Sung by the Stupid)

8Bruises Heal

9Remembrance Day

10Under my Skin - Self Harm

11It's All In A Name

12The Nighthawks (After Edward Hopper)

13Slugs And Snails And Puppy Dogs' Tails

14Sugar And Spice And All Things Nice

15Good to Be a Lad

16Perfect Blend

17He and She

18Luv my Bruv

19For Mark

20A Period Costume Drama

21Our Steve


23The Long Waiting

24The Professor of Philosophy

25Red Ribbon - World Aids Day

26First Drink

27Recipe for Disaster


29The Pearls of Primrose Hill


31Icarus Sickarus

32The Night Kitchen




36Size Matters



39Performance Pressure

40On the Radio On the Way Home


42Nat - The Rollercoaster

43Carl - Afterburn

44Kate - The Heart's Haiku

45Mrs Newbury - One Week After

46Precious Autumn

Books by Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters