Ben Barton


Aliens have crawled across the border

on their bellies

Signed names in blue biro:

Permits to trespass

on our living quarters.


We are powerless, shackled

    destined to watch

as they infiltrate us,

demanding we perform

Like a spinning zoetrope

offering them clear vignettes

of our daily humiliations.


Ben Barton is a poet and filmmaker based in Folkestone. His latest book The Hospital has just been published by Cultured Llama. You can also find him on Facebook (‘Ben Barton – filmmaker and poet’), Twitter (@BennyThePoet) and his Website.