Hafiz told me
he'd always dreamt
of giving up driving his bus
round Kentish Town
one day,
and returning to Egypt
to run a little gift shop
in an old bazaar.

he wanted to watch
the sun go down,
with a coffee & a cheroot
in a cafe by the Nile.

I met him,
in Cairo
one day,
shutting up shop
& he turned to me & smiled,
and said
“come, my friend,
let’s get a coffee”.



Free Poems

A poem for every day of the year and a poem for every night of the year

a collection of contemporary poetry with various themes – love poems, sad poems, free poetry, humorous poems, poems about death, poems about longing, adult poems, narrative poems, lyric poems, rhyming poetry, non rhyming poetry, free poems, blank verse poem, sex poem, poems about life, poems about dreams, childish poems, surreal poem, pornographic poems, incest poem, explicit poem, cannibalism poem, Jesus poems, God poems, religious poems, Islamic poem, Moorish poems, mysterious poem, short poems, long poems, free poem, feminist poem, war poems, epitaph poem, perversion poetry, suicide poems, philosophical poems, celebrity poem, true poems and more. You can freely use any 3 poems as long as they are attributed to Ian West.

Apoemforeverydayoftheyear and apoemforeverynightoftheyear

Poetry Resources: Faber & Faber, Bloodaxe, Random House, Canongate, Anvil Press, Chatto Windus, Arc Publications, Peterloo Poets, Shoestring Press, Shearsman Books, Carcanet Press, Dedalus Press, Enitharmon Press, Picador Pan, Salt Publishing.