Song for a Spent 100W Bulb

too bright to live long,
too costly, my mother feared
your appetite, guzzling the mains,
hung from the ceiling, little sun
I rhymed into, close as I could stand,
imagining the bulbed head of a mic,
searing fistful of feverish light
against my face – suddenly emptied,
plinked out, no longer able to beat back
the dark, capable only of cooling
after-image, of dying
memory, milky glass shell
and filament jangle, capable
of being held, of being rolled
in a boy's hot palm, singing
one soft, blind note.


‘Song for a Spent 100 Watt Bulb‘, © Jacob Sam-La Rose 2010, first published in <i>Red: an Anthology of Contemporary Black Poetry</i> edited by Kwame Dawes (Peepal Tree Press, 2010), used by permission of the author.

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1My Mother’s Guitar

2Bacchanal

3After Lazerdrome: McDonalds, Peckham Rye

4Communion

5A Spell for Forgetting a Father

6The Hours

7Gravity

8Again

9Air

10Blacktop Universe

11Plummeting

12How to be a Basketball

13Dumb

14Driving Home in Reverse

15How to be Gravity

16How to be Urban

17The Star

18Clockwork

19An Ordinary Prayer

20Sacrament

21Faith

22Speechless 1950

23The Wolves

24A Portrait of Love as Gravity

25Bone

26Seconds

27How They Arrive

28The Edits

29Flush

31Ymir

32Song for a Spent 100W Bulb

33The Difficulty and the Beauty

34A Life in Dreams

30Lightning

Books by Jacob Sam-La Rose