No Scarf Blues (Hangman) ~ Bob Kesh

hang me oh hang me,
hang me up so high that
I’ll never see the ground,
hang me tight and right
like i deserve
hang me like a dog, hang me like
I stole bread and fed it to the birds,
like i’d hanged the cows and
lit the milk on fire,
I’d light the milk on fire,
just to smell the scent ,
the white smoke billow,
and hang me
hang me
don’t make me a martyr
just hang me
like a pear from a tree,
choke me baby,
choke me,
hang me where my neck lines go
hang me in the wind
for the the sway and creek of the rope
hang me love
love me
love me with your rope
and love me like we’d shared
a life and poverty together
love me
then hang me
hang me good so I don’t
kick so bad
and see the world high
through fading eyes
high enough to see the trees and
the light falling gold on the world
and the pastures
rolling yonder
hang me so my last breath smells the sea
and I’ll know it’s too far from here
like it’s always been in life
endless like the gallows sleep
hang me from my neck like a swing
in the playgrounds
above peat and wood chips
I’ll miss the smells
but I’ll hang good,
I’ll hang good, I promise,
I’ll hang good as I lived,
hanging like a cloud with the blue sky,
I watched them roll long enough alive,
remember that summer
with the guitar in the yard
watching the clouds roll and
the sun felt good on our skin,
that’s the way I’ll hang
with the warmth on my skin
the clouds rolling across my eyes
and my fingers feeling the wind.
I’ve been needing a hanging,
you know the hangman smiled at me
before he dropped the plank,
it’s a goodbye I’ve seen
many times before.


A writer and musician from London currently studying at the Faber Academy. Generally nocturnal, he can be found indulging in all the pleasures and pains of the night.

Contact him at bobkesh @ hotmail . co .uk (with no spaces)

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