Roddy Williams – The Atheist Poet


the black dog (2016)

the dog arrives
he’s that phone call we all dread
he hangs up in my depression
i call it that
it’s lower than the world
it’s nice and warm

he’s a difficult guest
to evict
keeps coming back

sometimes without calling

to lick at my welcome
with a gilt tongue
his nasty rasped lash

then curls up and watches
my mouth

I can feel the stillheavy
of the receiver like
the visitor

for whom
one keeps smiling
the thanxious smile



My new photographic book has been published

Roddy Williams – Brighton Light