Disclaimer: This post is primarily to share my own poetry, but it does contain an affiliate link to a poetry collection by John Gallaher. If you choose to purchase Gallaher’s book, I will receive a commission at no cost to yourself.


‘What’s it like to be a bat?’ he asks.

And then, before I can respond, he moves on,

leaving me hanging;

hanging and thinking

about being a bat

about being me.

Me, echoing you; me being batty, as you, being batty, think about me

and wondering – asking me a question, without waiting for the rhythm of me, for the

beat of me, for my essence, to be batted


Copyright owned by Jay Cool, March 2019

Composed in response to John Gallaher, who asks ‘What is it like to be a bat?’ in his poem ‘My Life in Brutalist Architecture #1’.

Image of ‘Flying dog’ by Julia Schwab, courtesy of

If you are interested in reading other poems by my inspiration, John Gallaher, you might wish to take a look at the following collections.

Disclaimer: Should you click on the link to below, and choose to purchase ‘In a Landscape’ by John Gallaher, I will receive a commission at no cost to yourself.

Published by The Silly-Savvy Salopian

Freelance writer and descendant of the cave dweller and outlaw, Humphrey Kynaston. Banished from Shropshire for my eccentricity, I have made my home in Suffolk. I write poetry, short stories, travel journals, comedy gig reviews and non-fiction articles. My wish is to write my way back into the heart of my birth land. All writing commissions (and free holidays in Shropshire!) considered.

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