'There were at least a zillion of us out there'

The Death by Heroin of Sid Vicious 
by Paul Durcan

 

The Death by Heroin of Sid Vicious

 

There – but for the clutch of luck – go I. 

 

At daybreak – in the arctic fog of a February daybreak –

Shoulder-length helmets in the watchtowers of the concentration camp 

Caught me out in the intersecting arcs of the swirling searchlights. 

 

There were at least a zillion of us caught out there –
Like ladybirds under a boulder –
But under the microscope each of us was unique, 

 

Unique and we broke for cover, crazily breasting 

The barbed wire and some of us made it 

To the forest edge, but many of us did not 

 

Make it, although their unborn children did –

Such as you whom the camp commandant branded 

Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols. Jesus, break his fall: 

 

There – but for the clutch of luck – go we all.

 

By Paul Durcan        

THIS EPISODE

Poem as Friend to John

The Death by Heroin of Sid Viciousby Paul Durcan
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In this episode, John talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – 'The Death by Heroin of Sid Vicious' by Paul Durcan. 

John visited The Poetry Exchange in London. He is in conversation with The Poetry Exchange team members, Michael Shaeffer and Fiona Bennett.

Fiona reads the gift reading of 'The Death by Heroin of Sid Vicious'.

John is a highly acclaimed film, TV and Theatre Director. Find out more about John and his work here:

www.casarotto.co.uk/clients/john-crowley

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