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The Wrestler's Tomb

from Gallows Man by Ian Evans

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William Hope Hodgson had warned me of a woman
Menaced by rats aboard a sinking ship
So that night we set out, to find her anywhere
After the terror of the water tank

William had once chained up Houdini
And the pair of them both weathered good punches
Moskowitz had said that he’d be the friend to help to save her
But the clock was ticking

We teamed up with Jemima Shore
A plucky young girl, who could solve a black and bloody business
Now the Thames TV logo showed a scene of night…
We knew the game was afoot

Big D was come, through the evening sun
As we made our journey…. Red Sails in the sunset
We had last met in a Moscow shed
Where his feline servant nearly took my head
This time his niece, as a Cockatrice
Fought me through foam, wherever we did roam
I could now hear the girl that we believed was near
As I battled the fiend
Jem and I saw her, with no food left over
I took her wrist, as we started the ship

William ran away to the Navy
Now I need advice with my own haunted mirror
If you steel yourself, to ride your bike down a steep hill
You’ll win applause and ales

Nigel Kneale, he was scornful of radio men
Then a rocket hit a home in suburbia
After creating such a good metaphor for himself
He was kind not to say, ”I told you so”


from Gallows Man, released May 12, 2010


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