The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Ben Banyard: 3 Poems Published

Poems By Ben Banyard (UK)

Published in The Ofi Press issue 46









If I close my eyes tightly

and strain to hear the blood

roaring in my ears I can almost

feel I’m at home with you.


As I shrink from another shell

I imagine you gathering around,

your faces crowding the platform

lifting me from the carriage.


Here there is mud and hell,

boys cry and we hide,

praying for the quiet of meadows,

a cuckoo calling from the wood.







Arranged Marriage


We met at my father’s house

married as strangers weeks later

finding ourselves unsupervised in bed.


I resisted this hollow union

until I was taken ill;

you endeared yourself with soup.


Fifty years and four children

found us smooth like pebbles.

I never thought I’d miss you. 



 Life is like a Rubik’s Cube


With a few good twists

you can set it straight.

Colours uniform and true,

beaming faces primly presented:

a satisfying factory reset.


But try cheating and you’ll find

tampering isn’t so clever.

Attempting to right it

just for appearances

will mean it never works properly again. 

About the Poet

Ben Banyard lives and writes in Portishead. His debut pamphlet, Communing, will be published by Indigo Dreams in 2016. Ben edits Clear Poetry, an online journal publishing accessible contemporary writing by newcomers and old hands alike:

Image: "Cubes for Modding" by Gerwin Sturm.