Poems of the Week

My Secret Life

by Steven Kent

“Mr. Banksy, I presume: the councillor who quit over claims he has a secret”
The Guardian

I’m Billy Gannon! Listen up: I’ve got a job to do,
And frankly I sure wish you’d let me do it.
Why would I lie if I were him? My friends, if this were true,
I’d have the life I want—heck, I’d pursue it!

I’m just a bloke: an artist, yes, half-decent with the paint,
But innocent of that which you’re accusing.
It’s easier to prove now who I am than who I ain’t
Say, wouldn’t Banksy find all this amusing?