Andrew Shields

Andrew Shields lives in Basel, Switzerland. His collection of poems Thomas Hardy Listens to Louis Armstrong was published by Eyewear in 2015. His band Human Shields released the album, Somebody’s Hometown, in 2015 and the EP Défense de jouer in 2016.


A Few Quick Lines

A few quick lines are enough to make a face
or a particular bird, and just a trace
of shading shows where the light is coming from.
A turn of phrase can make emotions hum,
a single word recall forgotten friends,
or even someone you knew in passing once
at a party you thought would never end,
whose quiet voice drowned out all the fun
and told you of a sketch that he’d once seen—
perhaps he had nothing else to give—
a few quick lines that make a madman live.

© 2019 Andrew Shields