Poem for Ed Simpson 155 Hassett Road, Hackney Wick, London. Early 1979.




In the valley of the kings

rides the charging prince

looking from side to side

at his admiring populace


Down comes the speeding arrow

penetrating his mind

and synthesizing his sorrow

for his people are all blind


Who released the atomic fill

who fired the primary pin

sending rays of sadness to all

and creating immortal sin.